After replacing the brake pads on your BMW and the brake pad wear sensor, you must perform the BMW brake light reset procedure. In this manual, you will find instructions on how to reset the BMW brake light in several different ways. If you are unable to reset the BMW brake light, an alternative method is provided to help you reset the BMW brake light using a tool. These steps will work on BMWs including models such as 1, 3, 5 series, 6 series, 7 series, x1, x3, x5.
- Perform the following steps quickly.
- In some cases, you may need to perform the BMW brake reset procedure more than once.
- The BMW brake reset procedure can be performed for the front or rear brakes.
- The brake pads should have a brake life of at least 80%.
Method 1: How to reset the brake light on a BMW
- Turn on the ignition, but do not start the car. If your BMW has a START button, press it without pressing the brake pedal.
- Check that the time is displayed in the center of the instrument cluster.
- Press and hold the ODO reset button for 5 seconds. First, a yellow triangle will appear on the dashboard. Continue to hold down the ODO reset button until the next symbol appears.
- Press the ODO reset button several times until you see the front or rear brake symbol. Depending on which sensor you replaced and want to reset.
- When the desired brakes symbol appears on the screen, press and holds the ODO reset button until the word RESET appears below the symbol.
- Once the word reset appears under the brake symbol, quickly release the button and press it again. Continue to hold the ODO reset button until the brake symbol disappears.
- The miles should change to –, which means the reset was successful. The next time you are reminded to change your BMW brakes, you will get 25,000 miles for the front brakes and 31,000 for the rear brakes. Even though these intervals may vary from model to model.
- Need help? Possible reasons preventing you from resetting your BMW brake light.
Method 2: BMW brake light reset instructions
- Insert the key into the ignition switch. Turn on the ignition, but do not start the engine.
- Press and hold the BC button until the time and mileage are displayed in the center of the instrument cluster.
- Then press and hold the ODO reset button. The yellow triangle will appear first. Continue to hold down the ODO reset button until you see the following symbol on the screen.
- Press the test button on the steering column lever until you see the front or rear brake symbol.
- While the brake light is displayed on the brake panel, press the BC button until the words RESET appear below the brake symbol.
- Then press and hold the BC button until
Method 3: How to reset the BMW brake with a tool
The following method shows you how to reset the brake pad sensor on BMW cars using various BMW OBD2 scanners.
How to reset a BMW stop light with an OBD-2 scan tool.
Resetting a BMW brake light with a Foxwell for BMW3
Note. A conventional OBD-II scanner may not reset the BMW CBS and brake light.
If you can’t reset the stop light, check the condition of the brakes on the opposite axle. For example, if you have replaced the front brake pads and sensor and cannot reset the brake light, you should also check the condition of the rear brake pads.
Follow this guide for help with troubleshooting. The BMW brake light will not reset.
Why won’t my BMW brake light reset?
The BMW brake light reset procedure must be performed after resetting the front or rear brake pads. The brake wear sensor also needs to be replaced. In some cases, the brake wear sensor may be damaged during installation, in which case you will not be able to reset the brake light.
On which BMW models will these instructions work?
The above instructions will work on many BMW models including E30, E90, F30, F10, E39, E83, E92, E87, E93, E93, E92, E30, E36, E38, E34, etc.