In Reply to: @#$%!* "BRAKE LININGS" message!!!! posted by BMW Newbie (1badgmc) on December 11, 2000 at 11:23:05:
I have the same problem. The problem started after I replaced my rear pads.
After I purchased by previously leased 525ia, I wanted to replace the rotors and pads. First I replaced the front - no warning light came on. A few weeks later, I replaced the rear pads only (the rotors appeared to be "ok" with only some wear). I figured that I would replace them this summer. Well, as soon as I replaced the rear pads, the Brake Linings light went on. I have been living with it for months now (some times it comes on and off and other times (like now) it is on constantly. When it first happened, I did like Bill R thought - I pulled both the front left and right rear wheels (where the sensors are located) and looked for hanging pads/sticking calipers. All appeared to be good.
On a routine LOF by the dealer, they mentioned the warning light and replaced the sensors free of charge (which surprised me!). However, I still have the problem. In reading various BMW Web sites, I have come to the conclusion that it is the rear rotors (since the problem immediately occurred when I replaced the rear pads). Rotors develop a lip when worn. While they function properly - the rotor lip may be too much for the sensor (which will come in contact with it). Like you, I feel it is too cold to jack the car up now to do the work (would love to have a cluttered-free garage but when you have a child things end up there). I am thinking about cutting the sensor because my NJ inspection is due in January and I do not want the inspector (they jump in your car here and run the car over a grade that measures your car's braking performance) to see the light and fail my car (or even question why it is on).
What I want to do is to disconnect the sensor without cutting it. Does anyone know if you can remove the sensor wire? I know that they can be replaced so I am assuming that they can be easily removed.