What does it mean when my engine oil gauge shows part red?

by Paula
(Washington State)

I have an 86 Honda Helix CN250, the oil gauge on the instrument panel started showing red a week or so ago, when I last rode my bike, it was half red. The oil level is full, the oil was changed less than 300 miles ago. The bike is running great... just a instrument malfunction or something to worry about?

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Jul 08, 2017
Honda Helicks red oil bar NEW
by: Anonymous

That was it! Thank you soooooo much.

Dec 09, 2011
Honda Helix oil red reminder tab
by: jdott

Your Honda Helix doesn't have an oil guage or an oil light. The red bar that you are referring to is simply a mechanical painted bar that is green on the bottom and red on the top half. This bar will slowly rise and start out green and gradually rise as you get closer to your time to change your oil. You will start to expose some of the red and continue to rise as you approach 1100 miles mark. All red is your reminder to change your oil. It doesn't have anything to do with oil pressure. To reset your reminder bar back to green simply push your ignition key in the rectangular slot just below the red bar area. Push key all the way down the slot as far as you can and the red bar will trip back to green. Hope this answers your question.

Sep 01, 2011
Oil Pressure
by: Ed

I own a Honda Reflex and it does not have a oil pressure gauge or a oil pressure light.

I own a Scarabeo 250 and it does not have a oil pressure gauge. The Scarabeo does have a oil pressure light. The light comes on on low oil pressure. When I turn the switch on the lights come on and stays on until the engine is started.

You have either low oil pressure or bad pressure switch. I would determine the problem before riding the scooter.

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