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Old 10-30-2012, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Overheat issue

Hi all,

I'm a regular participant in the triples section, but I have a question about a 1700 twin.

i have a 2010 Thunderbird with a factory installed 1700cc kit. 2000 miles.

The other day both the engine overheat light and the check engine light can on after about 10 miles of riding. We shut it off and flat bedded it home. Coolant level appears normal. Running it now at idle, the fan cycles on and off normally, and it doesn't overheat.

Has anyone else had a similar experience?
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Hi all,

I'm a regular participant in the triples section, but I have a question about a 1700 twin.

i have a 2010 Thunderbird with a factory installed 1700cc kit. 2000 miles.

The other day both the engine overheat light and the check engine light can on after about 10 miles of riding. We shut it off and flat bedded it home. Coolant level appears normal. Running it now at idle, the fan cycles on and off normally, and it doesn't overheat.

Has anyone else had a similar experience?
It's a long distance guess, but I'm thinking it's a sensor issue since the level is normal and the fan is cycling. Also, when you restart it cold, does the light come on right away?
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Did you check your oil level?
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Low Volts?

I had a very similar episode on the way home with my brand new 1600 bike. I figured it might be a confused computer so I unhooked the battery and check volts. I also picked up the tank and looked for loose hoses or connectors. Wiggled the fuses. Then I left it unconnected for 15 minutes and hooked it back up. Check Engine and Oil/heat light went out and it's never happened again. Hope it sorts out quickly.
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the bikes do run hot during break in but, this the first post i've read about overheating.
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Problem resolved. Bad coolant temp sensor. I was able to duplicate the issue a second time. One nice thing about Triumph is their diagnostic connector is the same OBDII connection that all cars use now, so a generic diagnostic tool was able to display the fault code.

Thanks for all the comments!
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You should get a cable for tuneECU. It will diagnose via fault codes too. You can do it w/o going to the dealer. Of course it'll do a lot more too including it's main function, loading or altering maps. Cable is about $10-20, tuneECU is free.
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