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post #1 of 18 Old Aug 29th, 2006, 4:02 am Thread Starter
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How is this possible??

Got back late ;last night after a 3 hour ride. (Had ear plugs in and sterio full blast.)
Turned off engine.
werrrrrrrrrrrrr
Constant werrring, slight vibration as well.
Thought it was the fans making an odd noise - no, it was further back
turned key to off position, disconnection all power - removed key
werrrrrrrrrrrrr
Seemed to come from near the battery - and no, it wasn't a shorting noise - it was deffinately machanical.
I started the engine up to stop the battery from running flat while I searched for a tourch and tools to disconnect battery
when I got the gear together I turned off engine
werrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Misses came down to look as I flashed tourch about under seat.
werr...........it stopped

What in the world could THAT have been?
btw, ABS packed up on the trip as well - could that be relevant?

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post #2 of 18 Old Aug 29th, 2006, 7:26 am
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Hmmmm - fuel pump? CD player? Do you have an on-board air compressor? Is your cell phone missing?

I give up - one for the beeg boyz. Hope you find the culprit and it's a cheap fix!!
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Hmmmm - fuel pump? CD player? Do you have an on-board air compressor? Is your cell phone missing?

I give up - one for the beeg boyz. Hope you find the culprit and it's a cheap fix!!
I thought of the fuel pump, but I got the feeling that was on the right near the frount. No CD, air compressor would have made that kind of noise and I really thought that somnehow it had plugged itself in, but it hadn't/ No mobile.
It's a worry that for sure

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Fuel pump would actually be just about inboard from your right shin/ankle area. Removing the key and still hearing the sound is weird. Maybe a relay is hanging up and making intermittent contact? Geez - brain fade here, so I'll watch for the gurus!
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You say "ABS packed up" - I assume that to mean you've some type of ABS failure.

You say noise comes from near the battery.

Yup - the ABS unit is very near the battery.

My guess is your ABS unit is continuing to run. Any chance you had a hand on a brake lever? Foot lever?

In any case - I'd vote ABS for the noise source.

Either that or a very stealthy colony of bees...

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The ABS warning lights wouldnt go off (didnt test to see if could skid, that seemed a bit silly!) but the noise deffinately wasnt there when I stopped earlier in the trip
Is there a way of telling what the ABS problem may be - self diagnosis?

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Chupa cabra. Spelling is probably way off.
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Close enough spelling to send shivers!!!
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You may have a problem in the ABS unit, sounds like one of the solenoid valves is oscillating. Since you have a '99, there is no servo pump running as on the '02 and later, but there are solenoid valves in the unit.

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You may have a problem in the ABS unit, sounds like one of the solenoid valves is oscillating. Since you have a '99, there is no servo pump running as on the '02 and later, but there are solenoid valves in the unit.
Cheers - any idea on a solution?

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Cheers - any idea on a solution?
Dang, I think they all went to bed!

Possibly this might shed some light on your problem?

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ABS noises from my experience was a stuck relay. After the shop replaced the battery and removed the fuel tank and tank supports they were able to get to the relay at the front of the ABS unit. They removed it, put a meter on it rapped it once and put it back on. Charged the system and the relay did not falter anymore. Noise stopped ABS system showed a go and all things well. I would check the battery as it may not be holding a charge long enough and causing the relay to go spastic. Shop stated that separate relays could be ordered if need be. Good luck.

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Noise has stopped of its own accord, but abs lights still flashing - slowley - is it safe to ride like this?

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Re: How is this possible??

I've had the same thing happen twice - except the whining didn't stop. I took a screwdriver and used the handle to rap the ABS relay...and it stops. But the ABS fault lights start wig-wagging and have to be reset.

When I had it reset the first time, there was no fault. I've got to take it back to have the ABS reset.

You can ride with the lights flashing, but your ABS is non-operable.

I'll be replacing the relay. Then I'll get the ABS reset.
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Re: How is this possible??

Is the brake light on?
I had mine make that sound once, the brake like was on and it continued even after the key was in the of position!
I disconnected the battery for 5 minutes, reconnected it and the problem has never happened again.
The only ABS light show I have had was due to low fluid levels in the resivour under the seat.

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Noise has stopped of its own accord, but abs lights still flashing - slowley - is it safe to ride like this?
You don't have the ABS feature anymore, but all the braking effort of the bike is still there. You may still ride the bike safely. BTDT.

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