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    Just fell over my zzr600 in the drive way today...F*&^ FU$# Fuc& . anyhow. the bike fell over, flooded the carbs, got it to start 10mins later and then the oil indicator light is on.. Should i just ride it and maybe it will turn off or what? .. no i did not crack the case and oil did not come out of the bike. it wasent a crash.

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    Re: oil indicator light on after bike fall

    I was taught to never run the engine if the oil light is on. That usually means that there is little to no pressure in the pump, which means little to no oil going to your engine.

    Edit: apparently Kawi's are weird

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    Re: oil indicator light on after bike fall

    Kawi's do that. Just let it idle for a few minutes and the light should go out.

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    Re: oil indicator light on after bike fall

    Had that happen to an EX500 once. I think your oil pump/filter is air locked....crack the filter so oil just starts to drain out a little bit, then turn the engine over. Be quick with the switch and stop as soon as oil comes out. Tighten it back up, clean up the mess and it should be good. Kinda weird but it solved the problem for me.

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    Re: oil indicator light on after bike fall

    I'm not sure with your bike, but I do know that both with oil changes, and after laying my EX500 down a couple years back, the filter needed a 'burp' in order to get the appropriate pressure again to turn the light off. I wouldn't run the engine for a long period of time with the light on (less than 30 seconds), but I would def crack the oil filter just loose enough that oil starts coming out when you start it, then tighten it right back up.

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    Re: oil indicator light on after bike fall

    Quote Originally Posted by NobodySpecific View Post
    I was taught to never run the engine if the oil light is on. That usually means that there is little to no pressure in the pump, which means little to no oil going to your engine.

    Edit: apparently Kawi's are weird
    Pretty much any other time the advice you got is 100% right. If you're just driving etc... and you get the light I would stop the engine and figure out the cause.

    In this case, we know the cause. When you lay over the bike like that oil flows were it normally doesn't and air gets where it normally shouldn't. When you pick the bike up you get the OP light until the thing reprimes. The method b0xmonkey used works because it burps the system faster. I think it was one of the ZX6R's that was notorious for needing this pretty much after every oil change.

    Edit: The lights come on around 6lbs. of pressure. You can idle a motor on 6 psi and not wreck it. If there is any flow at all and the motor isn't loaded running it should be fine.

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    Re: oil indicator light on after bike fall

    Quote Originally Posted by e30addict View Post
    Pretty much any other time the advice you got is 100% right. If you're just driving etc... and you get the light I would stop the engine and figure out the cause.

    In this case, we know the cause. When you lay over the bike like that oil flows were it normally doesn't and air gets where it normally shouldn't. When you pick the bike up you get the OP light until the thing reprimes. The method b0xmonkey used works because it burps the system faster. I think it was one of the ZX6R's that was notorious for needing this pretty much after every oil change.

    Edit: The lights come on around 6lbs. of pressure. You can idle a motor on 6 psi and not wreck it. If there is any flow at all and the motor isn't loaded running it should be fine.
    Makes perfect sense, thanks!

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    Sell it and buy a gixxer?

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    Re: oil indicator light on after bike fall

    CAVITATION!

    The monkey's right. Crack the oil filter.

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    Re: oil indicator light on after bike fall

    Thanks guys. I'll try that. Can't burp it from the oil drain plug? Lol would be a lot easer and cleaner

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    Re: oil indicator light on after bike fall

    Quote Originally Posted by zzrrider View Post
    Thanks guys. I'll try that. Can't burp it from the oil drain plug? Lol would be a lot easer and cleaner
    No. You have to crack the filter seeing that is in the pressure lube system. Cracking the drain plug won't do a thing for you.

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    Re: oil indicator light on after bike fall

    Fixit yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zzrrider
    Thanks guys. I'll try that. Can't burp it from the oil drain plug? Lol would be a lot easer and cleaner
    Yes. With the bike hangin upside down.

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