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post #1 of 4 Old Aug 16th, 2011, 12:09 pm Thread Starter
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I love hearing, "Hmm, never seen that before" from my mechanic

See https://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63162 for the background here...whirring ABS unit even while bike is off and key out following a manual ABS Reset by the dealer.

So, after I disconnected the ABS unit completely (as far as I could tell), it still "whirred" when I reconnected the negative on the battery. I'm not even sure how this is possible, but that's enough to send me back to the dealer this morning. I was hoping they could just disconnect the whirring piece and send me on my way...if indeed it was only the already faulty ABS unit.

Since I was just in there Friday, the sales staff all looked at me funny. One even said, "Weren't you in here Friday for some work?" I told the Service Manger, Jeff, "When you guys did the service on Friday, you awoke something. You gotta hear this." We walked out of the building to where I had parked only 8 or 10 feet away from the door. As soon as he opened the door, you could see him looking around as if to say, "What is that noise?"

I lifted the seat so he could hear that it was indeeds coming from under the seat, next to the battery...and the awesome mechanic response I was hoping for..."Hmmm, that's weird." Then the even better news..."Our LT guy is out all week for school." So he got another tech to come out, Kevin, who said basically the same thing, "Hmmm, never seen that before."

So after the long wait for a rental car to come pick me up, I'm now LT-less and back to four wheels for probably a week at least. Not sure I can make it. Know any good psychiatric hospitals around the Greenville Area?

I do have to give some kudos here though...the staff at Touring Motorsports BMW has been great. The 72,000 mile service was quoted over the phone to me at $850 at least. It wound up being $650 and they didn't even charge me for the ABS manual reset. They are always super nice and don't mind answering all my questions. Nothing but thumbs up for them. Hopefully, this issue will wind up being some simple wire crossing or something.

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Re: I love hearing, "Hmm, never seen that before" from my mechanic

The relay is controlled by the ABS unit but it is fed from the battery. If it is stuck - unplugging the ABS unit will not stop the motor from running. I just assumed your unit was toast and was "commanding" the relay. Unplugging would have stopped it in that case but not for a stuck relay. Sorry about that.

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Re: I love hearing, "Hmm, never seen that before" from my mechanic

No problem jz...I'm nothing near a mechanic, so when that didn't work...I'm off to see the guys that made it happen. Should be their problem anyway, not mine. So, no worries...no foul. Thanks a ton for your help. Too bad it didn't work in this situation.

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Re: I love hearing, "Hmm, never seen that before" from my mechanic

I had that same noise but it was under the tank in the relay box. It turned out to be a bad ground to the battery. The relay was going on/off at light speed.

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