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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-May-2019, 09:44 AM (614) Thread Starter
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GS won't start, won't turn over, display goes dead

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My crusty 2005 r1200gs won't start. When I turn the key I get DWALO code, then when I press the starter button it makes one thunk, then the display goes dead. The display stays dead until I disconnect and reconnect the battery. The engine doesn't turn over and it doesn't make a starting sound. The battery is new and I was out on it recently so it should have some charge. Any ideas? TIA.
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Mr Google says that is an internal Alarm Low Battery code. Assuming this is correct and you have an alarm there are two CR123A batteries in the Alarm box, under the seat. How or why this would prevent the bike from starting....no idea.

Was that code displayed on the instruments or the result of a GS911 scan? If you haven't scanned it for fault codes locate a scanner and see what you get and or if you have an alarm module, change the batteries and see what happens?
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Mr Google says that is an internal Alarm Low Battery code. Assuming this is correct and you have an alarm there are two CR123A batteries in the Alarm box, under the seat. How or why this would prevent the bike from starting....no idea.

Was that code displayed on the instruments or the result of a GS911 scan? If you haven't scanned it for fault codes locate a scanner and see what you get and or if you have an alarm module, change the batteries and see what happens?

Cheers. I should have mentioned the code was for the alarm (I googled it too). The code was on the instrument panel. I will replace those batteries asap. I was wondering if the alarm battery could possibly affect the starting of the bike. Is there any reason why an alarm with a low battery might automatically shut the bike down? Sorry I'm a bit of a dunce on electronics...
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Charge the battery or jump start that the battery is new and you recently rode the bike doesn’t mean that something did not drain the battery or that it has not failed.
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Cheers. I should have mentioned the code was for the alarm (I googled it too). The code was on the instrument panel. I will replace those batteries asap. I was wondering if the alarm battery could possibly affect the starting of the bike. Is there any reason why an alarm with a low battery might automatically shut the bike down? Sorry I'm a bit of a dunce on electronics...
According to this post at ADVrider, low batteries in the alarm module shouldn't keep the bike from starting, as it's a CANbus bike and the immobilizer function is provided by the occasionally-troublesome EWS ("Engine Won't Start") antenna and chip key. However, as Abe Lincoln said, you can't believe everything you read on the internet, so by all means try changing the alarm batteries and tell us what happened!

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Check the battery terminals for loose connections.

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I got it started. It is the battery. It's only a few months old but it must be dead. Many thanks for all your help.
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