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Brake wear warning light on

New brake pads on car two months ago, which has barely been used since. Just had coil spring and top strutt mount replaced and brake wear warning light has come on. Brake fluid isn't low.

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Hi I am vortash .. check that the sensor lead is not damaged at the brake calliper and check that the brake pads havent worn down again ?,, If they have I would suspect that you have a stiff calipper cylinder that keeps pressure on the pads against the Disc or drum and it needs freeing off and smearing of copperite grease you may check this by driving a few miles then feel the back wheels if they are warm then the pads are rubbing ..( be careful that can get hot enough to take your skin off if you touch them , you should be able to smell the linings also if it is this problem .. hope this helps regards Vortash

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