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post #1 of 47 Old 08-20-2019, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Low oil??

I bought a new 2019 650XT a month ago. At 650 miles, I took it to the dealership for the first service. I did not inspect it afterwards. I put another 350 miles on it.

This morning, I rode to work and noticed the Oil light came on. I looked in the oil window and there's no oil in there, at all. Like, not low. Otherwise, there doesn't appear to be any leaking. No oily residue around the plug... No other signs I can see.

Is burning oil a problem with this model?

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post #2 of 47 Old 08-20-2019, 12:22 PM
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I assume you checked the oil with the bike vertical and not on the sidestand.
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Burning oil wouldn't account for that much drop in level. Odds are they under-filled it and it just happened to drop below the level the pump needs to suck oil.

Don't ride it with the light coming on. Add some oil before riding and talk to the dealership. Somebody goofed.

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Just keep in mind how to accurately check the oil level. The bike must be warm, then let it sit for 10ish minutes so it can all drain down to bottom, then look at the sight glass while it's upright.

And if you've just changed the oil filter you need to run the bike for a minute to fill the filter with oil, then remember to let the bike rest for a few before checking.
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Looks like another bad review from bringing it to the dealer.

They probably filled it 1/2 way with a new filter and it wasn't enough. Sure hope the oil light didn't stay on more than a minute or so.

How much did it cost?
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I assume you checked the oil with the bike vertical and not on the sidestand.
That is a common newbie mistake but if his light came on while he was riding there is a real problem.

I just had my first service done at the dealer .. I dont know .. I got them to throw it in with the bike and I kind of thought it might be important to do in case there were ever a warranty issue (yes I know its silly)

outside of that .. I dont usually let them touch my bikes. Oil change is a 10 minute affair and I like to change the filter at each oil change and I have a particular oil I am very fond of.

I am a little concerned because there is so much electronic stuff on this bike that I am unfamiliar with but I will continue to try and do everything myself.

The 650 vee seems to take an awful small amount of oil but most of these wet sump engines can survive a flashing oil light just with the oil that is sloshing around in there but I wouldn't ride it again until I topped it up and like big boy said .. Make sure its standing upright when you check the oil.

Bummer .. I am sure your heart sank .. be sure to tell the service manager. I wouldnt want to get anyone fired but someone needs a little reeducation.

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Is that an oil pressure light or oil level light?
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The 650 vee seems to take an awful small amount of oil
Shoot, my Versys 650 only took 1.9 qts, and that was with filter change. 1.7 without.
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Is that an oil pressure light or oil level light?
Pressure. I don't think too many bikes (or cars) have oil level lights or gauges. I don't know why, because a low oil pressure light's warning comes a little later than is completely useful.

My BMW R1200RT has an oil level indicator on the dash - probably because they've hidden the sight glass in a place that is barely accessible.
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Please don't turn this into an oil thread!

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Please don't turn this into an oil thread. If you want to talk about brands of oil etc please do it in the oil thread.

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