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post #1 of 24 Old 08-29-2013, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Engine dies when put into gear (Was oil indicator)

Just finished a routine oil/filter change on my 2009 DL650; Suzuki filter & synthetic oil. Started the bike and let it run for a minute to fill the filter; oil level is just below the Full line. I went to take it for a ride, it starts right up, but when I put it in gear it shuts off (the kickstand is up). The red indicator light on the dash is on, as well as the oil icon right above it. Rechecked the oil level: ok, started the bike and let it warm up a bit longer, but as soon as the transmission leaves neutral the engine stops. It acts just like shifting into gear with the side stand down, but it is up. Any ideas????
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post #2 of 24 Old 08-29-2013, 12:29 PM
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The red oil light will be on whenever the ignition is on and the engine is not running because the oil pump is not running. Check the wires to the side stand switch. You probably snagged it during the oil change.

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Thanks, Grey Wolf. As I also installed a new set of tires when I did the oil change, the drive chain was slack to remove the rear tire. I just removed the front sprocket cover and inspected the side stand safety switch wires that pass through near the front sprocket. I see no visible damage to the sheath of the wire. The switch doesn't have any marks on it and the wires look good where they enter the switch. Is there a way to jump the switch to see if it has failed?
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You can connect the two wires to bypass the switch.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Grey Wolf, I did a test with the bike on the center stand with the side stand down. I used a squeeze clamp to hold the side stand switch fully depressed, and the bike started and well into gear as it should, confirming it is a side stand switch issue as you stated. So, with the side stand up, the steel plunger on the switch misses being fully depressed by about 1/4". I see no adjustment to reduce this gap, which makes me think something is missing, maybe a rubber cover on the switch plunger? I've attached a photo to show the switch position with the side stand up.
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Nothing is missing. I'd loosen the bolts holding the switch an see if there was some play in the attachment that would allow the switch to be placed farther back. If not, I'd check to see if something might be preventing the stand from coming up farther.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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post #7 of 24 Old 08-29-2013, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Grey Wolf, here's a twist to this issue. I placed a zip tie around the switch to hold the plunger fully depressed. With the switch hanging loose below the bike the bike is fine. If I try to mount the switch with the bike running in gear, as soon and the threads make contact with the frame the bike shuts down. Does this mean the switch is faulty?
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It's likely the green wire is shorted to the switch case.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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post #9 of 24 Old 08-29-2013, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Problem Solved!!! Your previous post held the answer to the mystery! I examined the surface of the side stand where the switch mounts, there is a bolt coming in from the back side, and it is too long. The corresponding area on the switch has a mark on it as well. I hit the end of the bolt with a grinder to flush it off, remounted the switch to the stand, and it works fine. Thank you very much for your sage advice and walking me through this. I learned a lot today! Best Regards, Bill
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I'm glad you got it sorted. Sorted? I meant fixed. I'm spending too much time on the UK V-Strom site.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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