- If your cart won’t start, there could be a lot of reasons why
- Make sure your battery is fully charged and has good cold cranking amps
- Check the wiring for bad connections and corroded parts
- If the starter motor is going bad, it will be very hard to start the engine
- The valves in the engine might also be out of adjustment, which will make starting difficult
- We’ve got a helpful video down below to check troubled gas golf cart engines
My friend John was having some trouble with his gas golf cart. It would take a few tries to get it to turn over, but once it did, it would run just fine. He had no idea what was wrong with it, so he took it to a mechanic.
The mechanic did a bunch of tests and found that the valves were out of adjustment. He adjusted them and the golf cart started running perfectly. John was so happy to have his golf cart working again!
This video was especially helpful:
Gas golf carts can be mercurial vehicles; they are those golf carts that only run on gas. They don’t have electricity from a battery and generate their power. Usually, the main problem with fuel-gas golf carts is that they can be temperamental.
For example, it might take a few seconds to start a gasoline engine, and then it can run fine for hours, or sometimes even days at a time. Other times it might stall or run sluggishly.
Sometimes this problem can have your vehicle not start at all, no matter how many attempts you make to restart it.
Reasons for the Turnover Problem
The problem is that gas golf carts are temperamental, sometimes with small issues that lead to bigger problems. If you are experiencing a gasoline engine starting problem, then you need to check the basics first.
No one likes to be told this because they know they can start their car without any issues whatsoever, but if it isn’t something big like a dead battery or bad spark plugs, it is usually something simple. Typically the problem is a clogged fuel filter, leading to a lean-running problem.
Steps to Take
The first thing you should do is inspect your fuel filter for debris and leaks. If you notice residues in the filter, you might consider replacing it with an inline fuel filter instead of a canister type.
Second, replace the filters if you find that they are dirty or if they are leaking. The last thing to check before running it will be your spark plugs. Since golf cart engines run on a diesel engine, they are extremely sensitive to the condition of the spark plugs.
Make sure that your pins aren’t dirty; if they are, replace them.
All that other stuff is important, too but check it first. It does happen, especially with golf cart engines, so make sure you act quickly if you see any of these problems.
Gas Injection Problem
The fuel injection problem occurs when the motor’s carburetor or fuel injectors don’t work properly.
Steps to Take
There are many ways to fix a fuel injection problem, but you should first locate and remove any fuel leaks. This will be difficult because of all the bends in the gas line and how it is usually trapped under the seat or in some other nook.
If you have taken care of this and found a leak, you must replace it with a new one. After you’ve replaced the fuel filter and checked for leaks, you should check for clogged injectors.
A dirty fuel filter is one of the most common causes of fuel injection problems. If you have removed the old filter and found it leaky or full of debris, replace it.
The next thing to replace is any clogged fuel injectors. A clogged injector will cause your motor to run very richly, which will cause it to stall when you run it.
Also, it will produce more power than usual, but the extra power isn’t enough to overcome all that other bad stuff going on in the motor.
Another reason your motor stalls when your fuel injectors aren’t working is because your spark plugs might be dirty. Frequent engine use will cause dirt and grease to build up on and around the spark plugs.
Eventually, these build-up particles can prevent proper spark ignition at the pin while trying to fire, and it will cause a misfire.
If you find anything wrong with your fuel injection system, replace the filter immediately, check your spark plugs and replace them if they aren’t clean, replace any clogged injectors, and repeat this process until it starts running properly.
By the time you finish checking your fuel injection system, you will have replaced at least one filter and one or more spark plugs. After replacing those parts, your problem should be fixed.
Hopefully, you have found your problem and fixed it. That’s all there is to it. If you have any questions about solving this or other issues, always feel free to ask!
Hi, my name is Vince Richmond and I am the owner of earlygolfer.com. This blog is all about golfing, from tips and tricks to equipment reviews and everything in between. I have been golfing for over 20 years now and love the sport more than ever. I am always looking to improve my game and help others do the same. When I’m not golfing, I can be found spending time with my wife and two kids or playing some other sport (I’m a bit of a sports junkie). Thanks for reading and be sure to check out earlygolfer.com for all your golfing needs!