Troubleshooting Your Gas-Powered Golf Cart Motor Troubleshooting Your Gas-Powered Golf Cart Motor
If you have a golf cart you will need at sometime to troubleshoot the golf cart motor. Here are the steps you will take you through the steps of what you will have to do. This is an easy thing to do and can be done quickly. Remembering it is a gas-powered engine it is not much different than your lawn mower or car. You are going to go through some of the same steps.
Does the motor run over when you try to start? If not, the first place you need to look is the gas gauge. Make sure there is gas in the engine. Sounds obvious, but it happens quite a lot. Next, check the battery cables. Make sure they are not frayed or need to be cleaned having corrosion on them.
Also make sure they are tightly connected. A loose connection can cause you to not get enough spark. If this works, you are good to go. Make sure you check this all on a regular basis.
Check the distributor cap for cracks. Take it off and check for moisture. If you see wetness, leave it to dry and then try to start it again. Check the spark plug wires to see that they are free from breaks, cracks or disconnects. If they are frayed or brittle, you will need to replace them. Take your spark plugs out and make sure the gap are set correctly. You can find out the gap setting from your auto parts store or on the spark plug box if you have on. While you have them out be sure they are not blackened or burnt. If they are, you will need to replace them.
Check the air filter element to make sure it is not clogged with dust. Gently hit it against your hand to rid it of all the dirt that is in it. If too dirty replace this. It can cause your engine to not get enough air and stall out. Check the oil level and make sure you have enough and that the color is light and not black. If the oil is blackened or dark, you need to change it. Get a new oil filter and enough oil to refill the engine. Drain the oil through the plug on the oil pan underneath. Change the filter out and refill with clean oil.
The Gas Lines
Finally, you are going to want to check all the fuel lines coming from the gas tank and going into the engine. Check for leaks, brittleness and holes. If these lines have issues, you will need to replace them. This is easy to do as they are held on with clamps. Just get the new lines, unscrew the clamps, remove the old lines, and install the new ones reusing the clamps from before.
The Fuel Filter
If your engine has a fuel filter you will want to change it regularly to keep the fuel system running smoothly. If you do all these steps on a regular basis, your golf cart should last you a long time. Regular maintenance is the key to making equipment last.
Your gas-powered golf cart motor should be in good working bring. All thanks to this troubleshooting guide.