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Old 06-06-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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oil light came on steady...

Oil light came on. It flickered for a bit then now is on steady. Earlier this AM, I removed all the fairings and washed down the bike real good. I disconnected the speedo. Could I have have gotten the speedo connections wet and it is triggering a false code? Or am I looking at oil failure? I am not low on oil and I changed the oil about three weeks ago.

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Old 06-06-2011, 08:21 PM   #2
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did you even look too see if you have oil or the level is right might just need oil when the last time you change your oil
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which bike nitro?
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D'oh... GSXR 1000 K6.
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Loosen the oil filter and turn the motor over without starting the bike until you see oil coming out under pressure around the filter, the pump might be cavitating. Also, I would drop the oil pan and make sure the pickup is clean, it might be clogged up.
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first off check the wire running to the oil pressure sending unit. Then unscrew the OPSU and screw in a manual gauge. If it showing zero you need to drop the oil pan and take a look at the sump. Some times (very rare) after setting down a wheelie the pressfit bottom will come loose and you will not have the suction. Cross your fingers and hope its the OPSU or the wire running to it.


"""Loosen the oil filter and turn the motor over without starting the bike until you see oil coming out under pressure around the filter, the pump might be cavitating. Also, I would drop the oil pan and make sure the pickup is clean, it might be clogged up.""" Quote ?/\ /\ /\

Also very good advice
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first off check the wire running to the oil pressure sending unit. Then unscrew the OPSU and screw in a manual gauge. If it showing zero you need to drop the oil pan and take a look at the sump. Some times (very rare) after setting down a wheelie the pressfit bottom will come loose and you will not have the suction. Cross your fingers and hope its the OPSU or the wire running to it.


"""Loosen the oil filter and turn the motor over without starting the bike until you see oil coming out under pressure around the filter, the pump might be cavitating. Also, I would drop the oil pan and make sure the pickup is clean, it might be clogged up.""" Quote ?/\ /\ /\

Also very good advice
I'm all about keeping the rubber side down ALTHOUGH... I dropped the bike trying to put it up on the rear wheel stand last night. D'oh!! Not a scratch though (case savers) so I got lucky but she definitely got down on her side.

I am going to disconnnect the battery because I am getting a code. See if it resets anything.
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It happened to me a year ago on my 1098, it was just a oil pressure switch, i replaced it and everything was running normal again!
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[QUOTE=NitroHonda;2932237]I'm all about keeping the rubber side down ALTHOUGH... I dropped the bike trying to put it up on the rear wheel stand last night. D'oh!! Not a scratch though (case savers) so I got lucky but she definitely got down on her side.



Since the bike was dropped on its side, Im pretty sure your oil pump is cavitated. Try priming the motor by loosening the oil filter, tapping the starter button until you see oil flowing, and tighten up the filter, then fire it up.
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Just went out there. Decided to start her up and see what code it was throwing. Both the oil and F1 light's gone now.
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Oil light came on. It flickered for a bit then now is on steady. Earlier this AM, I removed all the fairings and washed down the bike real good. I disconnected the speedo. Could I have have gotten the speedo connections wet and it is triggering a false code? Or am I looking at oil failure? I am not low on oil and I changed the oil about three weeks ago.

I am literally my pants right now...
For those who have reading comprehension issues...
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Just went out there. Decided to start her up and see what code it was throwing. Both the oil and F1 light's gone now.
phew! catastrophe avoided.
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Mechanical gauge is the way to check this.

Also on the cavitation comment.

Cavitation is the formation of empty cavities in a liquid by high forces and the immediate implosion of them. (A liquid is a continuum and repairs itself if it is torn apart.) Cavitation occurs when a liquid is subjected to rapid changes of pressure causing the formation of cavities in the lower pressure regions of the liquid.
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Mechanical gauge is the way to check this.

Also on the cavitation comment.

Cavitation is the formation of empty cavities in a liquid by high forces and the immediate implosion of them. (A liquid is a continuum and repairs itself if it is torn apart.) Cavitation occurs when a liquid is subjected to rapid changes of pressure causing the formation of cavities in the lower pressure regions of the liquid.
Kind of like running a bike with too much oil in it?
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phew! catastrophe avoided.
Yeah, it was just wet. It reset my onboard clock. Definitely a short. All is good with the motorcycle now...
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Mechanical gauge is the way to check this.

Also on the cavitation comment.

Cavitation is the formation of empty cavities in a liquid by high forces and the immediate implosion of them. (A liquid is a continuum and repairs itself if it is torn apart.) Cavitation occurs when a liquid is subjected to rapid changes of pressure causing the formation of cavities in the lower pressure regions of the liquid.
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Kind of like running a bike with too much oil in it?
I would say yes and no, running a piston engine with too much oil can lead to oil aeration (foaming) and usually the aerated oil stays on top of the liquid oil, so usually the oil pump won't pick it up.

But if it does, cavitation can happen, and it can be pretty destructive, I've seen crank bearings pickpocketed and destroyed because of it.

You could have had a loss of prime, not cavitation.
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I would say yes and no, running a piston engine with too much oil can lead to oil aeration (foaming) and usually the aerated oil stays on top of the liquid oil, so usually the oil pump won't pick it up.

But if it does, cavitation can happen, and it can be pretty destructive, I've seen crank bearings pickpocketed and destroyed because of it.

You could have had a loss of prime, not cavitation.
I really believe it was just wet but I am listening... especially since I dropped the bike (was on its side for maybe 3-4 seconds).

*sigh*

I guess I will have it mechanically checked as ddgtomahawk suggested later this afternoon.

I really appreciate the responses. Keep them coming as needed...
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All this trouble proves that cleaning is actually bad for the bike (except for the chain)...
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I believe your bike is most likely ok. You are relying on a $60 sensor to warn you of major engine failure, so up to you.
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