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Oil light on - bike won't start

I just bought this bike - 8900 km on it, haven't ridden it yet. I started it yesterday and choked her to warm up (oil light was not on) put her in first and she cut off. when I put her back in neutral and tried to start her the oil light came on and she won't start. haven't gotten any oil for her yet - what I'm wondering is does the bike have a "low oil cutoff" or anything, or maybe I flooded her and thats why she wouldn't start. or maybe I blew the engine and have a $3200 paperweight.

the dip stick was showing no oil BTW when I checked it after the incident.

and I also know little or nothing about my new motorcycle

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  • vokey310 May 25, 2009

    Hey, this is kevin again. filled the oil reservoir with oil (10w-40 as required) put her in neutral and tried her - nothing. hooked booster cables up to the car while it was running, tried her and she just clicks - still. and the oil light is still on, even though it has oil.

    I'm really bummed about this - I just paid $319 to get it registered too! anybody have anymore suggestions I could try? I disconnected the battery to "reset" her and the oil light is still on



    please help!

  • vokey310 May 25, 2009

    sure? I can still push her in neutral and in 1st with the clutch depressed. it doesn't seem like a seized engine but more like an electrical problem in that the oil light is still on even while full of oil. and the clicking sounds like it might be coming from a relay near the battery...

    I just don't know much about it, but I thought she wouldn't budge if seized up



    I just want to know what might have to be replaced and the costs incurred with fixing it



    thanks

  • vokey310 May 26, 2009

    A friend said:



    "no sounds like the rings are stuck, it's called a 4 point piston seize,
    normally happends when a engine is started and not allowed to warm up prop befor reving,what happens is the cylender walls dont get the proper lubrication befor it is reved, now in this case where the oil was very low, same principle would applie, dose that make any sense?? ha ha"



    but whatever the outcome may be I thank you all for your support and suggestions

  • vokey310 May 27, 2009

    We've done it! partially...

    me and jono bump started her last night going down a hill. she ran so at least I know the engine isn't seized....whew!

    however - she still won't start, so I'm thinking that there is something wrong with the starting circuit...what it is I don't know yet.

    Jono figures the battery, but she was hooked to a running car with booster cables and still wouldn't go.



    and for anyone that may have a similar concern that I did, when she was running the oil light was not lit.



    but we've had quite a discussion on here and I hope it helps someone with a similar problem



    thanks again

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Does it turn over? If so, fill with correct oil (read owners manual), and try restarting.

Make sure the battery is charged, and if it just 'clicks' and doesn't turn over, your engine may be siezed from the lack of oil. In that case, it is a paperweight.

One of the first rules of being a motorcyclist is to know as much about your bike as possible BEFORE you ride. Always check tire pressure, fluids, brakes, lights, wheel bearings, etc. before you even think about getting on a bike. Anything that goes wrong with a bike while you are riding it, could endanger your life (much more so than a car).

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  • ljsmith1 May 25, 2009

    Sounds like a siezed engine. The only solution is a complete engine teardown and rebuild.



    Sorry.



    :(

  • ljsmith1 May 25, 2009

    Of course it will move with the clutch pulled in and in gear, it should. You need to see if you can turn the engine over. The only way to do this without rolling down a hill, shifting into 3rd or 4th, and popping the clutch, is to try and turn the engine manually to see if it is mechanical. If the motor still turns easily, then you definitely have an electrical issue.



    The fact that the start relay is clicking tells me that the interlocks are functioning fine. It should start (turn over) with the kickstand down and in neutral without a problem. If not, there is something else going on (i.e. siezed motor, or other electrical fault).



    You need to determine if the starter is trying to turn a siezed motor, or if there is actually no power going to the starter motor. My best guess is that since the motor started and ran fine right up until you put it in gear, that the starter and related electrics are still fine.



    Figure out how to turn the motor over manually (i.e. with a socket wrench over the crankshaft bolt).



    I am sorry that I can't give you more specific guidance as I am not familiar with that exact model of bike.

  • ljsmith1 May 27, 2009

    Four Point Piston Siezures typically only happen on 2-cycle engines where piston lubrication and cooling are absolutely critical. You have a 4-cycle engine. My feeling is that your aluminum piston skirts are scuffed so badly that they soldered themselves to the cylinder bore walls due to the lack of lubrication. That makes your engine essentially siezed.



    It is a fact that most engine wear is created during start up, not running. Normally, even with a full oil pan, internal parts are less lubricated after an engine sits for hours or days, until the engine is started again and oil is distributed throughout again.



    As I understand it, in your case, the oil pan was essentially empty, the engine had not been run in awhile. So on startup, there was no oil flowing in the engine. It would only take 10 to 60 seconds of running with no oil pressure to do damage to bearings, pistons, cylinders, and connecting rods. Once the damage is done, there is no fix other than to tear down the engine and replace what was damaged.



    Good luck and safe riding!

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Possibly, just possibly it is the regulator rectifier aka solenoid, have had the same problem with three different bikes in the past, clicking in electrical component (battery CDI) area, take the side cover off the, batt and CDI, area and try to start her. listen for the clicking if it is from a little black box in that area its the solenoid... cheap fix may set you back $150 at most

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Hey, I just bought a gs500 yesterday, too, and had the same issue. Check whether your sidestand is down and you are in any other gear than neutral. If you have your sidestand down you can only start the bike when you are in neutral, the clutch is pressed, and you press the electric starter. If the sidestand is (FULLY) up you can start it in any other gear as long as you press the clutch. I hope that's your problem. Same thing happens if you are in neutral, machine is running, and you put in first gear with the sidestand down (this will shut off the engine - which is a feature, not a bug =)

Have fun, Lx

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I will guess that your bike cut off when you put it in gear because you still had the kickstand down. That is normal, it is a safety feature to keep you from riding away with it down and crashing when you make a left turn and the kickstand hits the ground.

To check your oil you have a sight glass. Stand the bike straight up and down and have someone look in the sight glass, it is probably on the lower part of the bike on the right side. The oil level should be above the middle, but not covering the whole glass.

Try this process. Go out to the bike, turn on the key and put it in neutral. Check your kill switch, make sure that is in the run position. Now try and start the bike and report back with what happens.
Does it turn over but won't start?
Does it refuse to turn over?
Do the lights come on the instrument cluster for a few seconds, then go out except for the low oil pressure light (normal for that to stay on unless the bike is running.

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