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Old 11-19-2003, 10:42 PM
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420sel brake sensors

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does anybody know how long after the sensor light comes on till it's a must do. 50 miles 500 miles??
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Old 11-20-2003, 11:56 AM
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brake sensors

Hi, Craig. From my experience you want to minimize the amount of time you ride with the sensor light on. When that sensor comes on and stays, you are through the pad where the sensor fits and are also grinding on the sensor itself. Keep in mind that the sensor is rubbing into rotor and the sensor itself is not as hard as the pad so in no time you will have ground the sensor off completely will will release the wire to just flop around. If your light has come on and stays on, I would not drive too many miles with braking before changed. Of course, if you are driving on the interstate where no or practically no braking is involved, you could probably go an unlimited amount of miles, but when you do brake the sensor will be ground more than in city driving. If the light is flickering, you have just worn through the pad and are touching the sensor. I would recommend changing real soon to keep any possible damage down on the brake system. Of course, I would recommend changing sensors everytime with new pads because sensor are extremely cheap (less than $2 each and your front will take 4).
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Old 11-20-2003, 12:51 PM
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Hi Scott

Thank you for this info and the help on the driving lights.

the sensor lights are just coming on when you press the brake pedal. started just yesterday so it sounds like i can wait till next week when i'm on vacation.

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Pound it to fit then Paint it to match!

There is only First Place and Varying degrees of last!

Old age and deceit will overcome Youth and Enthusiasm every time!

Putting the square peg in the round hole is not hard... IF you do it fast enough!

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Old 11-20-2003, 12:59 PM
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BRAKES

You are welcome. Yea, you probably would be alright as long as you limit driving the car as much as you can because the more you drive and brake, the more chance of a problem. I just replaced my front and rear brake pads along with all new rotors because the front was giving me the "coming and going" when I was stopping like they were warped. Everything is as smooth as silk now.

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Old 11-20-2003, 01:08 PM
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I believe the sensors give a 1K km warning.

Once the sensors start to flicker, there is still plenty of pad material left, but you don't want to run them down too far. You will need to replace the sensors when you do the pads too, they aren't a reusable item, plus they are cheap.
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Old 11-20-2003, 01:37 PM
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thanks guys! i'll do the brakes probably next week on vacation. it's time for some maintenace as well.
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Pound it to fit then Paint it to match!

There is only First Place and Varying degrees of last!

Old age and deceit will overcome Youth and Enthusiasm every time!

Putting the square peg in the round hole is not hard... IF you do it fast enough!

Old enough to know better but stupid enough to do it anyway!
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