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1999 m3 light indicator light--what does it mean

I have two indicator lights on my dash and can't find the manual. the one light is a circle with 3 little bars around the circle on the left side and 3 on the right side.
the second light is a horizontal lize with a triangle on the left side and a rectangle on the right side.
anyone know what these mean?
thanks a lot.

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Does the one look something like this? IIIOIII or (((O)))

this is the brake wear indicator saying that you need brake pads somewhere on the car (front or rear).

the other sounds like you either have the traction control (its a button with either DSC or ASC written on it) turned off or its showing you that it is off because you need need brake pads.

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