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Old 02-25-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
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Error code #18

I started my F650GS yesterday and it was flashing an error code 18 on the instrument cluster. what does that mean?
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:02 AM   #2
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I went looking for a list of the error codes a while back ... how hard can that be right? As nearly as I could tell BMW does not publish an exhaustive list ... as a technician the diagnostic system just looks it up and tells you...

Someone sent me a partial list that one of the websites had compiled just from people experiencing the codes... I'll be happy to share it ... PM me your e-mail address....

In the list I have all the codes are 3 to 5 digits long there is one:

10218 that says:

CAN-Bus Timeout: No
communication with KOMBI
(Instrument cluster) control
unit

Other than that all I can think of is trip to dealer or GS-911 unit....
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:45 AM   #3
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Wow, I've never heard of a code exposing itself like that. (flashing, get it?)

Having played a BMW Master Tech (no honours) I'm more worried about what happenned next. Did it carry on as usual? Did you reboot it by turning the key off and back on? Are you under warranty still?

I never thought to write down code explanations because the BMW computer always translated so who cared? When doing regular service, the bikes always had a number of error codes. You just scrolled thru, looked for anything important then deleted it all. Rarely was anything meaningful and when troubleshooting something important, there wouldn't be any codes to help you.

If Woodenthing is right, then it sounds like your KOMBI failed to say good morning in a timely fashion so it was reported. Make a note of it, carry on and if it becomes a problem then take it in. If it's in for service soon enough anyway then tell the Tech to see what it means. It's part of normal maintenance so shouldn't be extra labour, esp if it's still covered.

Short answer, go ride. We're under a snowfall advisory dammit!
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:46 AM   #4
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I started the bike and left it running while I was digging the snow out from around it. I did turn the bike off and on a few times and it was difficult to start every time. I have not started it since about Christmas time. I did not ride it anywhere just left it in the parking space at about 3k rpm for 10 minutes or so just to warm it up a bit. At first I thought it may have been the battery until I saw that error code.

I'd like to ride today but there is snow amassing on the ground now as I type.

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OK, I see.

I hope you're taking care of the battery. Starting a bike just to let it idle a bit is far worse for it than not starting it at all. It's not like the old days. You'll get condensation all inside because it doesn't warm up enough to boil it off. I know, you're anxious to get out and ride. I hate winter. Seems we're about the same Latitude, I couldn't handle any further north!
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:30 AM   #6
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Since it has finally warmed up a little here I have an opportunity to look into this further. By reading the owners manual

Turns out that it was a tire pressure warning indicating the pressure in the front tire is down to 18 pounds. I didn't think that it would pick it up as the bike has not moved. Oh well - live and learn.


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I didn't think it did that either.................
is that little thing above and to the right of the "18" supposed to be a picture of a tire that's low on air? (_)
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I didn't think it did that either.................
is that little thing above and to the right of the "18" supposed to be a picture of a tire that's low on air? (_)
That would be the case . Switching to a different "view" gets rid of the flashing 18 but keeps the triangle with the exclaimatin point. If you notice it is only the front tire that has the pressure displayed, the rear just has dashes.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:43 PM   #9
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That would be the case . Switching to a different "view" gets rid of the flashing 18 but keeps the triangle with the exclaimatin point. If you notice it is only the front tire that has the pressure displayed, the rear just has dashes.

ummmmm.....isnt that 18 temperature, as in 18 degrees.....and its telling you its cold and to be careful of ice?
I work in celcius, so have no idea of 18F is cold or not.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:08 PM   #10
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ummmmm.....isnt that 18 temperature, as in 18 degrees.....and its telling you its cold and to be careful of ice?
I work in celcius, so have no idea of 18F is cold or not.
The temperature display is just above the current gear display... it looks like the front tyre pressure sensor is reporting 18psi and the rear hasn't yet established a reading...
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