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BMW Brake Light Service Reset Instructions

After you replace the brake pads on your BMW and the brake pad wear sensor, you need to perform the procedure to reset BMW brake light. In this guide, you will find instructions on how to reset BMW brake light using a few different methods. If you are unsuccessful at resetting BMW brake light, an alternative method is provided to help you reset BMW brake light with a tool. These steps will work on BMW including models such as 1-series, 3-series, 5-series, 6-series, 7-series, x1, x3, x5. 

- Perform the following steps quickly. 
- In some cases, you may have to perform BMW brake reset procedure more than once.
- BMW brake light reset procedure can be performed for front or rear brakes. 
- Brake pads must have at least 80% life remaining.

Method 1: How to reset brake light on a BMW 

  1. Turn on the ignition but do not start the car. If your BMW has START button, press it without pressing the brake pedal. 
  2. Make sure time is shown on the center of the instrument cluster.bmw brake light reset


  3. Press and hold the ODO reset button for about 5 seconds. First, a yellow triangle will show on the dash. Continue holding the ODO reset button pressed, until the next symbol comes up. how to reset the brake light on a bmw
  4. Press the ODO reset button a few times until you see the symbol for front or rear brakes. Depending on which sensor you replaced and would like to reset. reset bmw dsc brake light


  5. When the symbol for the desired brakes is displayed on the screen, press and hold the ODO reset until you see the word RESET below the symbol. 
  6. Once the word reset displays below the brake symbol, quickly release the button and press it again. Continue holding the ODO reset button until the brake light disappears. 
  7. The miles should change to ----- indicating the reset was performed successfully. The next time you will be reminded to change your BMW brakes is 25000 miles for front brakes and 31000 for rear brakes. Even though these intervals may vary between models. 

Method 2: BMW Brake Light Reset Instructions

  1. Insert the key into the ignition. Turn on ignition but do not start the engine. 
  2. Press and hold BC button until time and mileage show up on the center of the instrument cluster. 
  3. Next, press and hold the ODO Reset button. A yellow triangle will show up first. Continue to hold the ODO reset button pressed until you see the next symbol on the screen. 
  4. Press the Check button on the steering column stalk until you see the Front Brakes or Rear Brakes symbol. 
  5. While the brake Brake Light shows on the dashboard press the BC button until the words RESET show below the brake symbol. 
  6. Next, press and hold the BC button until the 

Method 3: How to reset BMW brake with a tool

The following method shows you how to reset the brake pad sensor on BMW vehicles using various OBD2 Scanners for BMW. 

How to reset BMW brake light with an OBD-2 scanner.

Resetting BMW brake light with Foxwell for BMW3

Note: Generic OBD-II scanner may not be able to reset BMW CBS and brake light. 

If you are not able to reset the brake light check the condition of the brakes on opposite axle. For example, if you replaced front brake pads and sensor and you can't reset the brake light, you should check the condition of the rear brake pads as well. 

Follow this guide for help with troubleshooting BMW brake light won't reset.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why won't my BMW brake light won't reset?  

  • BMW brake light reset procedure must be performed after you reset the front or rear brake pads. You must replace the brake wear sensor as well. In some cases, the brake wear sensor may get damaged during installation in which case you won't be able to reset the brake light.

Which BMW models will these instructions work? 

  • The instructions above will work on many BMW models including models such as E30, E90 F30 F10 E39 E83 E92 E70 E87 E93 E92 E30 E36 E38 E34 etc. 



Matt, 2019-01-11

I tried to do the reset on my BMW X1 F48, i did not work at the begining, untill i tried it with the parking brake off.
So if it does not work for you, try it again with parking brake off.

Ir Abdul Rahim, 2019-06-23

Thanks Matt for the advice. It only works for my Z4 E89 after I released the parking brake.

Keli, 2019-07-29

I tried to reset my rear brake light fault after replacing brake pads and still it does not reset . What other plan can I have to reset on 650i bmw E63.

Juggs, 2019-08-27

F15 2018 X5. Replaced the brakes and sensor, couldn't reset the indicator until I read here about trying without parking on. Worked a treat Reset !

Kim, 2019-10-29

OMG, thank you. The brake pads were replaced along with the sensor...couldn’t get the warning message off, and the mechanic couldn’t either. Read this and went out to my car, boom done! Didn’t know it could be reset on the ODO button. Thank you, anxiety is better lol

AndrewG, 2019-11-13

Tried this on my 2010 328i xDrive and when the yellow triangle goes away I don’t get symbols, I get codes with dates on them in a very small font(?). Any suggestions?

Tom, 2019-11-25

This worked on my 2016 F82 M4. The interface is slightly different but the technique is essentially similar. I had to reset the rear brake light after I ran my track brake pads too low and rubbed the brake pad sensor (right rear) down to the wire. Luckily I had a spare sensor so I replaced it when I swapped back to my street brake pads

By YOUCANIC on Apr 12, 2019


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