Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Oak Harbor, WA, USA
Re: Temp gauge malfunction?
Trying not to beat a dead horse here, but I'm still not 100% confident in riding any distance yet. Yesterday I pulled the connector for the temp gauge and shorted it using a long wire so I could observe the gauge deflection on the dash. It deflected to full reading as I would have hoped, meaning the gauge is apparently not damaged. I did find an instance online that a K bike (an older one, not an LT)owner with a similar issue had determined that his sender was only dropping down to 96 ohms at running temperature, and another similar bike was dropping to 40 ohms at temperature. Unfortunately the 1 ohm scale on my old simpson meter is not working (ya can't put voltage through it!) so I'm unable to measure that low. My big concern is that maybe the head temperature is too high inspite of the water temperature....does the temp sender on the head read head temperature? or does it read the water temperature in the head? My concern is that there may be an intake leak that could be raising the head temperature, while the water temp remains within specs...A couple of recent events were, while at an estate sale about 2 weeks ago, I forgot to turn off the key and ran the battery down to the point of not able to start, had to jump it from a car, and the other about 4 days ago I was coming down a hill, and downshifting for the stop at the bottom, and when I pulled in the clutch to shift, the motor quit running, and restarted when I let the clutch out....not a normal occurrance for me. And a couple of more times that same run it seemed like it was going to quit running when I pulled the clutch for a downshift. I don't usually let things like that bug me as you hardly know what you are getting for fuel from a station these days...it may run great on one tank, and not so on another...I guess where I am now is 1. anybody know what the resistance of the water temp sender (the one on the water pump) should be at operating temp? 2. As I stated before, my cooling fans are kicking on at just under the half way mark on my temp gauge, where on the gauge are anybody elses fans kicking on at? Anybody have any thoughts about what could cause an increase of head temperature? HELP! I love riding my bike to work, it gets me started in a good frame of mind, and I know that when I get off, there is another ride home....for now I have to drive the GEO moto 4 wheel cage cycle....I just don't want to wreck the motor on the LT...Thanks in advance!
2000 K1200LT "a great ride"
2002 GL1800 powerful, but boring..(gone)
1979 XS1100 (gone)
1986 VT500 Ascot (gone)
1972 Honda 500-4 (gone)
1961 Lambretta (way gone)
1962 Allstate Compact (gone but not forgotten)
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Last edited by casualemt; Sep 26th, 2012 at 12:39 pm.
Reason: clarify K bike entry