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My brake pads got low and triggered the brake warning light. I replaced the pads and still have the warning how do you reset, also have plenty of fluid

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On volkswagens and BMWs if you replaced the pads you need to insure you put the sensor back in correctly? It is easy to not get it in correctly or to damage the sensor when replacing the pads. I would replace the sensor as this is the case about 95% of the time. The sensor should be about $30 but depends where in the country you are.

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