BMW Brake Light Service Reset Instructions

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This guide provides instructions on resetting the BMW brake light using a few different methods.

If you are unsuccessful at resetting the BMW brake light, an alternative method is provided to help you reset the 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.

Before You Start

  • Perform the following steps quickly.
  • In some cases, you may have to perform the 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.


  1. Turn on the ignition but do not start the car. If your BMW has a START button, press it without pressing the brake pedal.
  2. Make sure time is shown at the center of the instrument cluster.
  3. Press and hold the ODO reset button for about five seconds. First, a yellow triangle will show on the dash. Continue holding the ODO reset button pressed until the next symbol comes up.
  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.
  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.

Alternative Method to Reset BMW Brake Light

  1. Insert the key into the ignition. Turn on the ignition but do not start the engine.
  2. Press and hold the BC button until time and mileage show up on the instrument cluster center.
  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

How to reset BMW brake with a scan tool

Resetting BMW brake light with Foxwell for BMW

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

If you cannot reset the brake light, check the brakes’ condition on the opposite axle.

For example, if you replaced the front brake pads and sensor and can’t reset the brake light, you should check the rear brake pads’ condition.

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. It would be best if you replaced 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 with?
    • 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.

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