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Old 03-22-2009, 01:04 AM   #1
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My oil light starts to flash when i start hitting warp speeds on the zx10. Is this my oil pump going out, low on oil or what. It started doing that not long ago.
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have you checked your oil?
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Old 03-22-2009, 01:33 AM   #3
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dont do warp speed till checked and / or fixed
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Old 03-22-2009, 01:49 AM   #4
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if it is like my v-max. the sensor for the light is at the front of the pan and so when u hammer it the oil moves to the back, (where the oil pick-up is) and giving you the signal. I would have help in sitting the bike straight up and see where the oil level is in the window, chances are it is at the middle. just add a little oil to get it towards the top of the window. no problems.
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Alright appreciate it. I checked the oil and its a lil low but its never flashed like that before.
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:28 AM   #6
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in my opinion that there bike is one of the few good ones kawi made. mind you, not good as in reliable, but good at "warp speed" etc, as you say.

when i worked at mancuso, we had a yellow one like that come in all the time ( i would not be suprised if it was in there right now) the owner abused the out of it. had every mod done you could think of. he always rode near, at (and probably above) redline. he used it exclusivly for street racing. dude was no pro, but i could tell this guy wasnt bullshiting when he said he won 3-4k in street races. he thought he was the shiznit... idk about all that, but the bike sure was. i got to test ride it a few times when it was running good. probably the only stretched bike i ever rode that "felt good/right"

he was not too bright though...he had probably spent at least 4k in parts and labor for all the mods. and that was before he trashed the clutch, transmission and valve train. we always told him to chill out and take it easy on her, well he didnt.

ill always remember that dude, i can never get it out of my head how he won probably 4k in street races, but only broke even after parts, and then went in the hole once he shifted the tranny into that secret gear after 6th...it must be called "puree"

oh, and to top it off i found out after all that the guy still owed 6k on the bike. /facepalm

ok i dont know why im sharing all this, its late and i should sleep, its just your avatar reminded me of that dude again.

(in before "cool story brah")

p.s. park it, get it fixed, or sell it and buy a new one. dont ride it like that.
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Yeah it helps to keep the oil full. If the light is still flashing after changing/filling the oil, you have a serious problem. I would put a gauge on it and see what the pressure is. These inline 4s idle with really low oil pressure as it is,(like under 10 psi) and that is normal operation with no light on, so if you are getting a light, you are likely losing all oil pressure.....at least at the area that the sending unit is at. You will be doing a motor job in no time. Odds are, bearing damage has already begun.
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Yeah it helps to keep the oil full. If the light is still flashing after changing/filling the oil, you have a serious problem. I would put a gauge on it and see what the pressure is. These inline 4s idle with really low oil pressure as it is,(like under 10 psi) and that is normal operation with no light on, so if you are getting a light, you are likely losing all oil pressure.....at least at the area that the sending unit is at. You will be doing a motor job in no time. Odds are, bearing damage has already begun.
Just a thought. on my v-max the light is on the oil level, not pressure
i have installed a gauge for pressure as that has been a known problem on a v-max.
my guess is that his also is for level and am betting if he adds a bit more he will not have any more problems. Just add some to just below the top of the sight glass. when hammering the throttle hard the oil moved back away from the light sending unit setting the light off.
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Well im curios about it because it hadnt done that before on my "warp" speed runs but it started doing it now. The bike rides and runs fine when just cruising and everything. If it is bearings and stuff i will do a swap on internals from my old motor. All the internals should still be good on it, when i wrecked i cracked the casing up past the oil pan to the stator so i just bought another motor.
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You could pull it apart now before you damage anything and check it out. You could put a set of bearings in the current motor, check all the clearances etc and it would be easier then swapping internals. If you DID swap the guts over from the other motor, you will have to measure everything and figure out what bearings you need. You can't just swap the bearings over because the main journals are different from engine case to case.

If it continues to flash the oil light, I would pull it down for an inspection. I doubt its the oil pump, unless the pick up on the pump broke off or something, the pumps rarely go out, they are nothing but two gears running inside of a tight cylinder to pull in and push out oil. 9 times out of 10, if its losing oil pressure its either something with the oil pick up being blocked or falling off the pump, OR its rod/main bearings. You need to look at it though or its gonna cost you $$$.
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with the bike sitting straight up and OFF. look at the oil window and watch the oil level. get someone to help u. is it pretty full? start the bike and when the bike starts what happens to the oil level then? dissapears? then the pickup seems to be ok.
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