Oil pressure warning light ON...!?! UPDATE

Don French sirdondiego at outlook.com
Sun Mar 23 22:07:21 PDT 2014

I'm happy that you got it fixed and running as it should.
Senior moments can become expensive, indeed.
Thanks for letting all of us know what had hapened.

> Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:34:58 +0100
> From: gpz1100abs at gmail.com
> Subject: Re: Oil pressure warning light ON...!?! UPDATE
> To: Sirdondiego at outlook.com
> I hate to say this. I really, really hate to say this, but... - It turns 
> out that I DID forget a piece of paper rag in the top end while doing 
> the valves... Convinced that it wasn't an electrical fault or a faulty 
> oil pressure switch but rather an oil pump issue I took it to the 
> dealer. The paper rag I must have forgotten was placed under the valve 
> chain and must have been grabbed by the chain while turning the engine 
> to get the cams in position. Result: Exactly as Ralph described - the 
> oil pan was filled with the stuff, jamming the oil screen. Long story 
> short - she's back on the street again, running as smooth as ever, but 
> boy - it was an expensive mistake...
> Thanks for all the advice offered :)
> Ped
> '96 "Black Stealth" GPZ
> Denmark
> Den 14-02-2014 19:48, GPZ1100ABS skrev:
> > I'm a little bit troubled to say at least.
> >
> > After completing the winter overhaul I had the engine started for the 
> > first time since November. It fired right up and ran smoothly at fast 
> > idle. After a minute or so the mechanical sound of the engine changed 
> > a little bit - not much,  just barely noticeable. It was not rattling 
> > or noisy or anything, just a little bit different. Not from the top 
> > end, more like a change in the crank case. Not overly concerned I 
> > decided to take it for a spin on the suburban road, just a couple of 
> > hundred meters. During this the oil pressure warning light flashed a 
> > couple of times, then a couple more times at a longer duration, then 
> > finally it came on permanently. I stopped to check for oil leaks and 
> > found none, plenty of oil in the engine. Fired it up again, the red 
> > light remained on, shut down again.
> >
> > Of course I should have changed the oil and the filter before putting 
> > her away for the winter. On the other hand the oil quality should not 
> > degrade so much during winter as to cause engine failure at startup 
> > months later?
> >
> > I have drained the oil and taken the filter out. Tomorrow I'll put in 
> > a new filter and add fresh oil and see if the problem remains. But 
> > given the little change in the sound of the engine I fear that 
> > something mechanical has happened.
> >
> > The only work I have done on the engine this winter was valve 
> > adjustment - something I have done more than a dozen times, and I 
> > didn't drop anything in the crank case nor left any piece of cloth or 
> > anything else in the top end. So what could it be? Can the oil pump 
> > quit all of a sudden? Any ideas? The engine has run 158.000 km (almost 
> > 100.000 miles), but last year it was still running smooth and with low 
> > to moderate oil consumption (approx. 1 liter pr. 10.000 km)
> >
> > Ped
> > '96 Black Stealth" GPZ
> > Denmark
> >
> > PS: Fortunately I have George's engine sitting in the garage, but I'd 
> > like this one to run just a little bit longer...
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