Brake Pad Warning Light Behavior

Henry A Harper III hah at
Tue Dec 2 18:36:00 EST 2003

Well, you might want to have a peek at the front brake pads themselves...I 
personally would suspect a spurious warning indication in this case since if 
the indicator were really "tripped" (a small piece of wire in brake pad is worn 
away, opening the circuit) it wouldn't be turning off and on like that. Mine 
has beeped about this once or twice, and I have plenty of pad left. It's 
probably a solder joint working  loose in the cluster. Bernie says there will 
be really loud noises when you approach metal-to-metal contact (the backing 
plates will start to rub the ridges on the rotor where the pad doesn't touch).

HTH, YMMV, look at your brake pads.
Henry Harper (reeally not feeling like working today...) hah at
1991 200 quattro, 120k, still UFOd but have BIRA membership in hand (heeere, 
wallet, wallet, wallet)
1988 GTI 16v, 238k

On Tuesday, December 02, 2003 3:15 PM, Dale at 
[SMTP:Dale at] wrote:
> Dear Audist Think-Tank Members,
> I'm occasionally receiving a "warning light" about my front brake pads
> while driving; the next time I start the car the light is absent for the
> entire trip.  I'd like to postpone replacement as long as possible.  Can
> I safely (without metal-to-metal contact) wait until the light is
> continuous,  or is this behavior as significant as it gets?

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