2004 A6 questions.

Hi all!
I bought a used 2004 Audi A6 a few months ago. Awesome car, very happy with it. Recently, 2 diagnostics issues have come up and I was hoping
for some advice before I take it for service. Unfortunately, the car was originally from Quebec, so the owner's manual is in French (I will be purchasing once in English asap after these issues).
First, out of the blue, I frequently get this hair raising alarm beep with a red exclamation mark surrounded by brackets on the dash display. This is intermittent, that is, it comes and goes. At first I thought it had something to do with the tire pressure sensors, since it seems to happen going around a corner a lot, but what little I can gather from the manual, tells me it's something to do with the brakes. Can this be? If it was just a warning about the brakes needing service, would it really scream at me like that 10 times a day?
Second, and this has me concerned there's a problem, now there is a constant circle with a cross through, what appears to be a bomb in the middle of the dash (I only think it looks like a bomb because I'm pretty sure I can make out the French word for fuse in the owner's manual for this warning logo, maybe it's something else).
Can anyone help me diagnose these issues prior to going to a dealership for service so I have some clue what I'm in for?
Thanks in advance for any help.
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On Wed, 22 Apr 2009 14:40:44 -0400, against all advice, something

You have a headlight out.
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The red exclamation mark within the circle and brackets is indeed a brake system fault indicator. fwiw, the symbol is supposed to look like a wheel with brake shoes :-)
The crossed out "bomb" indicator is for a light malfunction. If the "bomb" is inside of a circle inside of brackets, that's for a brake light failure. If there are no circle and brackets, that's for a headlight or marker light.
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daytripper wrote:
Thank you both for the responses. Questions:

So, I really don't know how advanced the detection system is. Could this mean something as simple as needing new brake pads or is it typically something more serious?

It's too bad it isn't in brackets, because then I would assume the two problems are related, but no brackets.
Thank you very much for the help.
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Not sure on A6's specifically, but it could just be a faulty sensor on your brake pads.
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On Wed, 22 Apr 2009 21:16:08 +0100, against all advice, something

I have an '04 TT with 57xxx miles. The last time I took it in for service, they said I had 25% of my front brakes left.
The A6 is a heavier car, and chances are it's just due for a break job. I'd have it looked into, sooner rather than later.
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Steve Daniels wrote:

Thanks gain for the awesome responses everyone!
KJ
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