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Old 11-17-2015, 12:52 PM   #1
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brake pad wear sensor

Are they the same on front and rear?

I can't find any definitive information after searching for about an hour. I figured it was an easy question.

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I would say yes. They appear to be the same to me.
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That said, Pelican Parts has them listed separate, with slightly different part numbers...
2001 Porsche Boxster S Convertible - Brake Pads & Rotors - Page 3
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Yeah, I noticed that as well, but that doesn't change that places sell a set of 4 with all same part numbers. That does not mean that the Porsche part isn't slightly different but plausible to use on both front and back either...... guess i'll find out and report back.
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That said, Pelican Parts has them listed separate, with slightly different part numbers...
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Well that wouldn't surprise me. I'm wrong a lot.....just ask my wife
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Yeah, I noticed that as well, but that doesn't change that places sell a set of 4 with all same part numbers. That does not mean that the Porsche part isn't slightly different but plausible to use on both front and back either...... guess i'll find out and report back.
Yeah, you may be right on that. In one of the reviews the corroborates what you say:
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Comments: Fit for fronts and rears. Works great. Same part number for all 4 wheels.
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Sometimes it's just the length of the wire that differs, as with the O2 sensors.
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...... guess i'll find out and report back.
Can you please report back?
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Can you please report back?
They worked great. They were short but not too short and fit snug without stretching.

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You really don't need them at all.
Its really easy to see the pads through a wheel

Most people I know that track or AX their cars don't use them at all.
Just tie them off with a cable tie
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You really don't need them at all.
Its really easy to see the pads through a wheel

Most people I know that track or AX their cars don't use them at all.
Just tie them off with a cable tie
I personally didn't want the ecu error and they are easy to change. Just my opinion

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There is no "ECU error", they just illuminate a dash cluster bulb.
Also, there is no "sensor". It's just a "U" shaped piece of wire. Save yourself $40 and make your own (or remove the cluster bulb).
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There is no "ECU error", they just illuminate a dash cluster bulb.
Also, there is no "sensor". It's just a "U" shaped piece of wire. Save yourself $40 and make your own (or remove the cluster bulb).
Not many bought these cars to budget build! Why ghetto it?

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Not many bought these cars to budget build! Why ghetto it?

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Maybe, maybe not. I would guess that a lot of us who frequently track our cars spend more time wrenching and jerry-rigging stuff than worrying about the niceties of proper part numbers. Different philosophies, I guess.
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Maybe, maybe not. I would guess that a lot of us who frequently track our cars spend more time wrenching and jerry-rigging stuff than worrying about the niceties of proper part numbers. Different philosophies, I guess.
I don't track my car. So not relevant to me.

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Not many bought these cars to budget build! Why ghetto it?

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LOL - not 'ghetto' at all. That's actually an extremely ignorant statement.

In all sincerity, the sensors are just a simple form of idiot light b/c too many idiot drivers ignored the metal noise makers (tabs on pads which made them squeal at min thickness).

Likewise, sensors are very susceptible to breakage from the elements - heat in particular. As stated w/ minimal 'effort', and would would be considered proper maintenance, one can easily inspect the pads, their thickness, condition i.e. chamfering which occurs with use and can be dangerous. All of which is not reportable w/ the idiot sensor.

Ghetto - LOL.

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most track pads don't come with openings for the sensors. further, at the track you should be visually inspecting your brakes, not waiting for a light to come on. finally, heat from track use can cause the sensors to fail prematurely.

soln? snip the wires just short of the plug and twist them together. ecu sees continuity and assumes all is good.
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LOL - not 'ghetto' at all. That's actually an extremely ignorant statement.

In all sincerity, the sensors are just a simple form of idiot light b/c too many idiot drivers ignored the metal noise makers (tabs on pads which made them squeal at min thickness).

Likewise, sensors are very susceptible to breakage from the elements - heat in particular. As stated w/ minimal 'effort', and would would be considered proper maintenance, one can easily inspect the pads, their thickness, condition i.e. chamfering which occurs with use and can be dangerous. All of which is not reportable w/ the idiot sensor.

Ghetto - LOL.

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Haha, I guess that makes me guilty! Dropped my engine, locked the cams, redid the cam chains, pads and put it all back together and never bought one "special Porche tool # " in my life! Works for me!

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