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After tipping over the oil light comes on, kawasaki 500

My girl fried has a 2000 kawasaki 500. She was learning to ride and the bike tipped on her at little or no speed. The oil light comes on now. The bike still starts and runs. I've taken the oil sending unit out and tried all ways to get the light to go out. I cant believe tipping a bike will make the oil pump go out. any suggestions?

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  • kriscot911 Jun 15, 2009

    Ya shes good, thanks. I took the seding unit out and grounded it pushed in the plunger i did everything to get it to go out, couldnt do it. I took off the wire, I thought that should break the circut but it was still on. I'm thinking it might just be a short.



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Have you remove the sending unit. She, is ok, right? hope so

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