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    BOWA Brake Pad Wear Sensor

    Anybody ever use a brake pad wear sensor made by BOWA? Saw them on FCPEuro's website. FCP noted BOWA was a German company and the sensors were manufactured at their plant in Poland. I did a search on 500eB for BOWA and turned up nothing.

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    Re: BOWA Brake Pad Wear Sensor

    Quote Originally Posted by MB V8 View Post
    Anybody ever use a brake pad wear sensor made by BOWA? Saw them on FCPEuro's website. FCP noted BOWA was a German company and the sensors were manufactured at their plant in Poland. I did a search on 500eB for BOWA and turned up nothing.
    Not knowingly, as in I've never ordered that brand specifically in the past but I'm willing to give them a shot. In fact, I just ordered 4 of them with my brake rotors and pads. Will have them in a week or so and will report back if no one else does first.
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    Re: BOWA Brake Pad Wear Sensor

    Bowa is OEM for brake pad wear sensors on Land Rovers, so I'd think they should be decent quality.

    For the Mercedes wear sensors used on the 124/129, the aftermarket brand I usually see is Pex, and have used them for years without issue. The price for OE was ridiculous last I checked. Many times the old wear sensors can be re-used, if they are carefully extracted from the old pads. I have a bag full of old ones, but at a buck each for new aftermarket, it's generally not worth the hassle.


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    Re: BOWA Brake Pad Wear Sensor

    I generally do not re-use brake pad wear sensors unless they are in pristine condition. At $1-2 apiece, I try to keep a dozen or so spares on hand (though I just sold a bunch of sets with the spare E500E brake pads I sold recently). Pex is a fine aftermarket brand that is of decent quality, and much more inexpensive than the factory sensors.

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    Re: BOWA Brake Pad Wear Sensor

    For posterity’s sake, here are some pictures of the BOWA sensors from FCP. They appear to be of excellent quality.





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