How can I reset the brake light on a BMW X5?

My car has been in the shop for some routine maintenance and new brakes. However, I noticed the brake light was still on, and the mechanic said it should go away on its own soon. It’s been a few hours now, and the warning light is still on. Can I reset the brake light on a BMW X5 myself?

Jack Walsh · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The brake light on your
is designed to reset automatically when the brakes and brake wear sensors are replaced but don’t worry, resetting the brake light is simple and doesn’t require any tools.
To reset the brake light on a BMW X5, you should:
  1. Turn the ignition on but do not start the engine.
  2. Hold down the odometer or trip reset button until the service menu appears. The button is typically on the left side of the instrument cluster, and the service menu should appear after holding the button for five to ten seconds.
  3. Use the reset button or, depending on the model, the controls on the turn signal lever to scroll through the settings until you find the brake warnings.
  4. Hold the reset button or BC button on the end of the turn signal lever until you see a prompt asking you if you’d like to reset the warning.
  5. Press the reset or *BC** button until the display shows it is resetting and confirm reset if prompted.
Additionally, it sounds like you do a good job of maintaining a
basic car maintenance schedule
, but we all know any work done on your BMW is going to be costly. If you want to save some money and ensure you’re not overpaying for your
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