Brake warning/pads

Mike Del Tergo mdeltergo at
Tue Aug 5 14:54:28 EDT 2003

Is there any way to do a less thorough job than you did?  I don't recommend
this for all the warnings, but I feel pretty competent to decide when my
front pads are worn.  On my 5000 I just removed the pad signal wire to the
instrument display.  It was clearly marked in Bentley, if so, I can't find
it for the 200.  You mention a bad ground via the ECU?  Any possibilty of
grounding it externally after it exits the pads but before it returns to the
ECU for grounding?  I will have to remove the dash again as the last time I
did fix the bouncing speed, but have managed to short something that is
causing my fuel gauge to be pegged full, yeah!
Thx a bunch, pad error light x 2 200s!

Mon, 28 Jul 2003 10:49:50 -0400

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I just went through this. On mine, the light was coming on (along with
some other warnings. The classic "bad solder connections" in the
instrument cluster. I had mine out 3 nights in a row and finally got it.
If you pull the IC, you can test a pin on the brown 26 pin connector
(pin 10) to check for continuity with ground. I think mine had about 2
ohms resistance. That wire runs to both brake pads, then to ground. I
ended up tracing the circuit path through the PC board, all the way to a
big 68 pin chip. I re-flowed each solder connection on the way (and most
others on that board also!).


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