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post #1 of 8 Old Feb 27th, 2010, 12:54 pm Thread Starter
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Question ABS Fault after new battery install?

I had knee surgery a couple of months back and was unable to ride my '02 LT. During my downtime I "thought" I had my battery tender on my scooter. Come to find out, not true. So needless to say after 2.5 months my batter was dead. Purchased a new battery (Odyssey) and installed it. Tried to figure out where the programming port was to reprogram the alarm defaults. When I finally gave up on that, I took the scooter around the block and the ABS brake fault light was flashing beyond the first couple of feet. Is swapping the battery related to the fault lights flashing? Everything was fine with the bike prior to my period of down time.

Any help is greatly appreciated. I was scheduled to head to Daytona for the races at Bike Week Wednesday morning.

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Re: ABS Fault after new battery install?

That's weird... After a little cussin' and praying to the BMW gods... I restarted the scooter and took it around the block again. The light no longer flashes and I noticed the alarm no longer auto sets after turning it off.

This brings me to the new concern. Since she is now back to normal, should I be concerned? I swapped out the battery, encountered some issues. Now all is normal. Could it be she was cold? I am in Tennessee and it is Winter.

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Re: ABS Fault after new battery install?

First and easiest thing to check are the rear brake fluid reservoirs. I believe them to be monitored on your '02. Having the bike sit for a time shouldn't have caused the level to drop, but it's simple to see. If that's not it, well, I've no idea. Someone will be along with more knowledge than me.

I found your second post after I posted mine. Do you have your MOM (Motorcycle Owner's Manual)? If you do, there should be info about setting up the alarm there. If not, someone will be along with that info as well.

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Thanks Lee,

If I remember right, the manual doesn't show how to program the alarm. (it's been years since I looked at it other the log section in the back) Shorty after I purchase her, I had the dealership program it.

All my fluids are good and everything seems to be back to normal. I tend to lean on the "paranoid" side when my brake lights start flashing...

I am going to ride her around near the homestead this afternoon and she how things work. Much better than being halfway to Daytona and having something go wrong.

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Re: ABS Fault after new battery install?

All depends on the year LT you have. If you have a bike with the ABS II, a dead battery is known to give you a flashing ABS warning. I've had two LTs with ABS II and that has been standard with a dead battery. If the lights were out on the second trip around the block, then I'd find a vacant parking lot some where and test them out. Oh yeah, don't look for a second resivior on the the ABS II machines because they don't have one.

If your LT is '02 or later, then you can check both resiviors. It might just be right at the hairy edge of being low and causing the lights to trip from one time to the next. Again to make sure they are working take it a vacant parking lot and give it a good test.

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Re: ABS Fault after new battery install?

Just finished the "parking lot" test you mentioned and didn't have a problem. I do have two reservoirs (she's an '02). The levels are good.

Still scratching my head as to the alarm going back to factory then going to the user defined of not setting auto after cut off. Oh well, I have a remote in my pocket and one in the "glove box" just in case it starts screaming.

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Re: ABS Fault after new battery install?

I think that is normal for the alarms as mine was flakey after the clutch job where I had the battery out for two weeks. She came back to normal operation after a few cycles of off and on.

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Re: ABS Fault after new battery install?

That's good to hear.

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