brake wear warning disable

Ben Swann benswann at
Sat Jul 24 12:20:19 EDT 2004


I just went through a similar situation on an '88 5ktqa.  Jumpering the front pad wear indicators did no good.  I had determined that there was pwere to the left pad line, but none to the right - they are in series with a return to ground.  I jumpered a wire in the harnes to ground - not trivial, consult a wiring diagram.



[Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2004 12:32:47 -0400
From: Kent McLean <kentmclean at>
Subject: brake wear warning disable
To: "quattro at" <quattro at>, v6-12v at
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I'm about to take my 4-week old '94 100 S on a 2000 mile
round trip from NH to SC. The brake pad wear indicator light
is glowing. For the trip, I've taped over the warning light
with some nice black electrical tape.  :-)

I understand you can jump the connectors to disable it, but
... how?

I've disconnected the wiring (1/2" thick connector, held in
place with a push clip), to expose a 3 hole plug (female on
the car side, male on the brake side). [1] A finger inside
the male side and I feel 2 pins. I've pushed a paper clip
into the corresponding female sockets. I did this to both
left and right front brakes.  The warning light still glows.

Q1. Do I have the right procedure?
Q2. Are there sensors on the rear brakes?

[1] As I think about it, this wouldn't be the ABS wiring,
would it? I don't think my low-content Audi has ABS.

Kent McLean
'94 Audi 100 S Avant, V6-12v FWD automatic
'89 Audi 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy"]

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