Hi... Recently made an oil change on my XJR 2002 model, since changing filter and refilling with oil the light now comes on when I try to start and will not allow the motor to turn over. I have traced all wiring, all plugs, and all possible problem points but still it will not start. The only thing that is different to the bike now from when it was last running (Nov 08) is that I have fitted an Acewell dash, which does have oil light of its own but I can not see how this can stop the motor from turning over...any ideas?
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Does it come on just when you first start it up after the oil change. Does it stay on for Miles? If it comes on just for a few mint.s right after the change, it has to do with the oil press safety. You install a new filter and as the engine starts it will have to refill the oil filter with oil, plus refill all the oil ports in the block to finely build press to shut off the press safety switch, which will the turn off the light.
could be the oil pump, but before you get to that, whens the last time you had you oil changed? is it the right type? was the filter changed to? if the oil is to thick for your engine, the pump could be having a problem pushing it. If its dirty, same thing applies. Next time you change your oil, be sure to use a full synthetic. its a superior oil all around.
If the light came on almost immediately after the oil change it is very possible that the oil filter was incorrectly installed and not seated properly. This would be the most common problem if it occured almost immediately after the oil change, and you have never had this problem. It is very easy to do that is why when you are changing oil and putting the new filter back on it is vitally important to make sure that it is on properly. Once the filter is on the filter post you should actually be able to "spin" it fairly easily until it is all the way on. If it does not seem to go easily it is not properly seated.
what you are probably smelling is any oil coming out that may be making contact with hot engine parts. I can't be 100% certain that this is your problem but it is one possibility. The only way to correct this if it is your problem is to re-do the oil change, or at a minimum have the filter re-installed or a new one installed correctly. Make sure the oil afterwards is at the proper level because some is going to leak out when you take the filter off. Good luck
To change your oil filter, remove oil drain plug, drain oil into an oil pan, clean and replace oil drain plug, then remove oil filter, pour a drop of clean oil onto a new oil filter, and lube gasket, then replace the old oil filter with the new oil filter. Finally, add clean oil to the motorcycle until the oil level window shows oil in the middle of the viewing window when the bike is upright.