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Had my '06 Audi A3 2.0 TDI Quattro Sport serviced and MOT'd yesterday. Knew my front pads were very worn (tried to change them myself but was sent the wrong parts) so asked the guy to change them aswell.

Previously I hadn't had any warning lights regarding the pads being worn... Nor the rears (which were replaced a month or 2 ago). Now after the change and MOT my car's warning me that the brake pads are worn! I can clearly see the new pads are fitted correctly and have plenty of wear on them... So my question is:

Can the signal cable/sensor wire be incorrectly plugged in/setup?

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MOT == Ministry of Transport test? –  Mark Johnson May 30 '12 at 13:46
    
Yes, basically a road worthy test of a vehicle for insurance and licencing reasons. –  HaydnWVN May 30 '12 at 14:15

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My guess is that they either fitted brake pads that don't have wear sensors or didn't connect the wear sensors correctly.

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Can the wear sensor be connect in reverse? I was not previously getting a warning of my pads being worn. I now am with new pads? –  HaydnWVN May 31 '12 at 10:15
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I doubt that - normally it's a single wire, some have two but even then it doesn't really matter much which way around they have been connected. Basically they rely on an electrode in the pad making contact with the disk and completing a circuit that way. –  Timo Geusch May 31 '12 at 14:45
    
As far as I know the sensor in an A3 is on the left (driver) side. Guess only more expensive Audis like the A8 do have sensors on both sides. –  Ahatius May 20 '13 at 13:10

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