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Old 05-20-2009, 09:17 AM   #1
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hello! I am a new user and have a problem. my 98 club /gas has intermittent spark that occurs under all conditions. I have replaced the microswitchs at the shift lever and in the "black box". Also a new coil and carb have been installed in an effort to isolate the problem. It will run fine at some times and then the spark will cut out. This cart is used daily on my farm and i've owned it for six years. never a problem till now. GRRRRRRR.
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:08 AM   #2
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check all ground cables for good contact.hope this helps
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:08 AM   #3
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Must be the RPM limiter. Small black box just above the oil drain plug.
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:22 PM   #4
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my mistake on last post. My ex repair man apparrently replaced the rev limiter{black box} above the oil drain plug and not the coil. he removed the silver igniter box w.hen he replaced new part. I checked all grounds. I assume the plug wire is attached to the coil under the plastic cover. is this coil my problem?
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Old 05-20-2009, 06:57 PM   #5
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Default Re: intermittent spark 98 gas club car

You can isolate the engine from the cart by removing (unpluging) all incoming wires attatched to the front of the engine above the drain plug including the limiter.
Only thing you want still plugged in to the coil is the little part mounted behind the rev limiter with the wire going to the coil.
This will determine if the problem stops there is a short in the carts kill circuit somewhere.
If it continues it is a faulty coil, igniter or shorting/grounding wire between the two.
I always try to start my troubleshooting in the middle, that way with one test you are half way done and know what way to go.

You can also replace the igniter (little silver box) with one from a weedeater for testing.


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Old 05-21-2009, 09:19 AM   #6
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great tip. I did disconnect the cart from the engine and sure enough after it heated up it started to lose spark. i ordered a repair manual{although i could not find one from the sponsors} and i guess i'll get a coil. one question though. my guy removed the igniter when he put on the new rev limiter how can this be? i thought the post 1997 igniter is in the coil or is it built into the limiter?
i wonder why i had one on my 1998 to begin with?
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Old 05-21-2009, 11:12 AM   #7
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yep, coil is going south on ya!
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:37 PM   #8
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Thanks for the help... the cart is fixed and here was the deal... got down to the coil and there was so much debris packed around the coil et.al. i can't believe it even ran. So the coil may not have been bad but I replaced it anyway. The lesson: clean the engine inside the cooling shrouds(that may have been the only problem}.
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Old 05-30-2009, 05:44 PM   #9
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calcomo 1, thank you for coming back and telling us what you found Glad you were able to fix it. Enjoy the ride!
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Old 05-31-2009, 05:51 AM   #10
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Have seen this happen on ouboard when the coil cracks. When engene warms up needs to cool till it will restart. On a lawn mower makes for hard start.
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