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intermittent oil light?? - March 31, 2012, 06:54 PM

So, hopefully an oil change will fix it......

But had my oil light come on and off intermittently today, does this shoot up any red flags to anyone with more technical knowledge than myself?

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I had that happen on my superhawk. Once under HEAVY braking. Level was fine, no leaks, etc. I can only assume it's because of the location of the sensor.


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March 31, 2012, 07:23 PM

My '05 R6 would light up the oil light occasionally. Never had an issue with the bike whatsoever. I believe the sensor is an oil level sensor rather than an oil pressure sensor? Regardless, you might see if adding just a bit of oil makes it stay off.


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I get the same thing, but only when it's starting cold in the morning. Once temp is up around 160-170 then it shuts off. Did this just start? Anything different today than before it started?

If you haven't had this happen before, it may not be a good idea to ignore until you are sure there's no leakpath slowly losing oil.
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April 2, 2012, 10:21 AM

Started on Saturday, only thing different was spent more time riding than a usual day as of late. Its due for an oil change anyways so hopefully will fix the problem! Thanks for the replies.
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Did you check the oil level?


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I get the same thing, but only when it's starting cold in the morning. Once temp is up around 160-170 then it shuts off.
What bike do you have? The oil light should shut off within a few seconds of start up.

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What bike do you have? The oil light should shut off within a few seconds of start up.



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I have a 2007 R6. I'll go check the oil tonight before I gas up, it's been just shy of the half mark between min/max most of the time. It's definitely not seconds before it turns off, more like a couple of minutes. It won't turn on when I start the bike, just once the RPMs go above about 3k or I get the bike moving, if it's not warmed to about 160-170 on the temp sensor.
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i have an 09, same thing happened to me this winter. oil level was not optimal. give it an oil change soon and you should be ok.


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I've been told that "less is more" in some cases (i.e. worse to have too much oil than too little), but that made no sense to me. If above the minimum band on the dipstick, is all well, or should I top her off?
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If there is too much oil in an engine it can become frothy and will also trigger the oil light (depending on the sensor.)

Frothy oil does not lubricate well.


If you're right at the min, add a bit.
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I've been told that "less is more" in some cases (i.e. worse to have too much oil than too little), but that made no sense to me. If above the minimum band on the dipstick, is all well, or should I top her off?
Too much oil can mean too high oil pressure, which can damage gaskets


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Motor is bad.

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also too much oil might end up in your airbox do to breather


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