Reset Warning

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Reset Warning

Post by prm1983 » Wed May 15, 2019 12:14 pm

Hi guys,

I've got a 2013 BMW 1 series, I'm a novice and useless with cars. I've just had my rear break pads, discs and sensors changed. I can't reset the warning light, it says reset impossible. I accessed a hidden menu after following google and reading some stuff, by enetering the total of my last 5 VIN numbers. I'm in the secret menu but as a novice I don't know what to do. There's a bit for 'CBS' which might have something to do with breaks, but when I tap into that bit, it doesn't give me the option to 'Reset.'

I called BMW for advice (they didn't do the work) but were unhelpful and I get the feeling they just want to charge me to do it.

Does anyone have any advice as I'm pulling my hair out!?

Thank you

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Re: Reset Warning

Post by Nottnowcato » Wed May 15, 2019 1:06 pm

First of all, can you take it back to the garage that did the work on the brakes and get them to reset? They really ought to have done that as part of the service, if they're remotely respectable they ought to reset the light free of charge if you take it back in. If not, is there a BMW specialist near you? The dealers will charge you an arm and a leg for resetting the light if they can get away with it, an independent should charge less. (My local indy charged 30ish quid to programme my new battery, to give you a vague idea)
Hang on and see what the other fellas have to say though, it might be dead easy if someone explains it.

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Re: Reset Warning

Post by Nottsknots » Wed May 15, 2019 6:23 pm

If they changed the sensors, then they should have also reset it.

Its not the secret/hidden menus you need, its just the CBS through the BC button on the left stalk. Unless its been reset without changing the sensors, in which case it needs fixing through the OBD port.

Which sensors did they use? I’ve had (and seen others have) problems with cheap aftermarket ones; genuine BMW are not expensive, and solved it for me. Some third party ones work, but beemers can be sensitive to some others, so for the price I’d recommend just get genuine from the dealer parts counter. (They dont rip you off for everything).
E87 118d, stock, plus PDC control unit drain, Parrot, debadged, Mothercare baby shades (but no babies), and occassionally a good layer of wax. Instantly forgettable, and thats the way I like it.

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Re: Reset Warning

Post by aly125i » Thu May 16, 2019 3:51 pm

I had my brake fluid done earlier this year as the car was prompting / warning me it was due. I followed the guides to remove the warning etc couldn't get the warning to go away! turns out i had to hold the BC button to confirm rather than single press like the guides / videos i had seen.

Hopefully this helps.

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