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F56 Brake Pad Wear - Sensor Scam?

Can't see much about this online so posting here. Anyone else experienced this?

I was 48 hours before my service is due on my 2015 Mini One F56 I get a Brake Pad Warning Indicator on my dash. My car has only done 14,000 miles and I drive slowly and carefully.

I contact the Mini Dealership doing the servicing and they quote me a price of £260 to replace the front pads. I laugh loudly and kindly refuse. On my way to work this morning I pop into a local franchise (Not Kwik Fit) and they quote me £160 for OEM parts and fitting which I agree to.

Just had the work done and the mechanic tells me that the Brake Pad Warning Indicator is now flagging up the rear pads. Whilst the car was still on the ramp he shows me them and they have 7mm-8mm of wear left, he said no way he would change them and they are good for another 14000 miles.

Having read this thread I am now convinced it's either a faulty sensor or a scam?

Anyone else had any issues?

My car is going in tomorrow to get it's service and I am curious to see what they will say.
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Strange perhaps the sensor wasn't correctly placed or was knocked closer to the pad hence it wore faster?

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From what I have read on here the rear pads sensor seems to flag up a warning before the front one and there is still plenty "meat" left on both sets.

Did the fronts actually need to be replaced or did they assume the fronts would be worn out first which used to be the norm?

With these large distances between services these sensors seem to flag up premature warnings these days.
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The mechanic said they (the front) had 3mm on them but he replaced them anyway. Sure that's normal.

This is my back pad I posted a photo of. The other side has more pad showing. 7-8mm.

Can I claim a fault in the rear sensor??
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Don't know if its just the photo but the disc looks scored?


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They are smooth and even. It's just coloured rings. I've had them checked. Will report back tomorrow after I've take the car in.
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I got the same warning on my car. Checked my front and they had some pad left. But the sensor was not touched. Then I looked at the back, and they had more pad left then in the front, but my sensor was touched by the rotor. It seems like mini put the sensor closer in the back then in the back.. idk why.. i think it should be opposite.. but I'm not gonna fight. I bought the full set of brakes for $120, I'll install them myself and be happy for another year.


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My daughters 2015 Mini Cooper D got no warning at all and rear brakes started making a grinding noise...

Got her to get them checked out at Mini dealer and was told it needed new rear pads and discs at a cost of £440!!

I complained how there was no warning and the mechanic just said the warning is only an estimate anyhow... I managed to get it negotiated down to £340 but still not happy how there was no warning before it was metal on metal and damaging the discs in the process... Car had done 34k miles

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In 34K miles they must have done at least one TLC type service which although it is basically an oil/filter change. I thought they were supposed to check the state of brake pad wear as one of the "health and safety" things that they do as a matter of course.

They should have noticed the pads were getting marginal and reported it..unless they, lazily, use the excuse "if the warning light ain't on then all's well".

I would have expected to have to change pads before 34k miles and they should not rely on sensors to obviate the need for a proper visual inspection.
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I agree Johnan every time we visit mini we get the depth in three places of tread on every tyre, and thickness if each pad!
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