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Oil and Heat warning lights stay on after engine start

Both lights remain on after normal engine start
Oil OK
Radiator water cold

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Have been fighting this problem for 2 weeks .It happened when the bike feel over to the right in the garage. I called Kawasaki and this is what they said .A lot of V-twins get and air lock in the oil system when tipped over. Slide an oil pan under the bike. Then disable the ignition system. spin open the oil filter and crank the engine over until good flow is acheived and slowly spin oil filter shut and oil pressure should come up and all the lights go out. I hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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    Ken Eakins II May 31, 2011

    Thanks for the post. I had seen similar posts on a few other forums so thought it would be worth a try. Wouldn't you know it, I unscrewed the oil filter and nothing came leaking out like I thought it should, I turned over the bike engine a few times and oil started coming after a few rotations. Screwed the oil filter back tight and started it up. No warning lights. One word of advice...don't forget to remove the oil drip pan and wheel chock before moving the bike. I was so eager to get riding again that I overlooked that part. Fortunately there was a very minimal amount of oil in the pan.


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