oil light

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oil light

Post by backoutofit » Mon May 23, 2016 1:17 pm

I recently purchased a 1985 Aspencate gl1200 limited. After putting in a new battery and checking fluids I tried to start. Everything on the dash appears to work. However, the oil light is on when I turned the ignition to start, there was a click when I tried to start. Oil is in the mid-level. any suggestions if the oil like is preventing the bike from starting and where to look next? I am sending the bike to a local shop to have the carbs reconditioned, gone thru, and made ready to drive out but would like to verify this will start before having it picked up.


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Re: oil light

Post by twocams » Wed May 25, 2016 6:56 pm

The oil lite wont go out until there is oil pressure. Which means the bike has to be running to build up oil pressure. Check the starter relay and fuse at the battery. 30amp fuse or it maybe a "dog bone fuse". Read all about it here.


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Re: oil light

Post by virgilmobile » Wed May 25, 2016 10:03 pm

If it won't crank over,do not discount a hydro locked engine.
Outdoors...pull all 4 spark plugs and try to crank it.Keep the kill switch in the OFF position.
Verify the engine will turn over...Put the bike in 5th gear and move it.
You can have a bad starter solenoid..(sparks here...jump the lugs with your old screwdriver.
Still nothing? Battery OK,solenoid jumped (no sparks),battery cables and connections cleaned...Pull the starter for repair.

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Re: oil light

Post by Rusty Bike » Thu May 26, 2016 5:56 pm

Mine did the same thing when I brought it home. Bad 30A dogbone fuse, then bad brand new battery verified by seller with bad cell, then bad starter ground cable. Spins over great now! LOL Take your time and check all options...

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