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My e61 is showing a yellow brake warning light and also states starting assistant inactive i am also finding slight difficulty changing gears ( i s a manual) thanks

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  • clintonpeart Jun 05, 2010

    it was some help

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From the manual: this means the dynamic stability control DSC, dynamic traction control DTC, and the dynamic control DBC are malfunctioning.

If the DSC light stays on under all driving conditions then the system has a fault and is not operating properly. Don't get confused with pushing the DSC button and taking DSC function off (light will also stay on until you turn the system back on). If DSC is turned off the acceleration and transverse acceleration (sideways sliding) function will be turned off. ABS can't be turned off. Please do so at your own or others risk. This system is an active safety feature and other makes are just now using these systems. Visit your dealer if the vehicle is under warranty.

Hope helps.


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  • clintonpeart Jun 02, 2010

    there two yellow brake warning lights one large one which comes on and goes out after a short time the other small light when it came on the first time also went out within twenty minutes and i drove over 200 miles and it never came back on however i have done two short journey since then and the small light stayed on plus the problem with the gear i know there is a fault with self leveling which has been diagnose as a fault with one of the sensors

    thanks

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    ZJ Limited Jun 02, 2010

    I'm assuming that this warning light was appear in your instrument panel...

  • clintonpeart Jun 02, 2010

    only message comes up is starting assistant inactive the braking light are i said before

    thanks

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    Please report back, I am curious if that is what it is. Good luck

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