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Unread 06-29-2019, 11:27 AM   #21
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Put the battery on a charger. When the belt came off you were draining battery power while driving. It is weak.


The battery has been on a charger since then. I have a trickle charger and I always plug it in when Iím done using it just for good measures. I have a CD deck and amp and subwoofer in it and LED neon lights so I always want to make sure itís full charged.


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Unread 06-29-2019, 11:42 AM   #22
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Yeah itís turning right over like it wants to start up, but obviously it canít because the spark plug isnít it..weird?!

Yeah the main center bolt is still there and itís tight enough to where I canít twist it with my hand or anything. I can push the clutch back and forth with my hand and do notice that the washer seems a little wobbly. I hope my clutch didnít just go bad? The guy at the golf cart shop said I would have to replace it down the road and showed me the little grooves from wear.

So I put another plug in and this time it didnít spark or turn over when I left the other plug inside.


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Unread 06-29-2019, 11:47 AM   #23
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Was anything spinning?


With the plug left in the engine, and a new plug against metal, the clutch was doing the spinning and whirring thing still but no noise at all from the engine.

If I remove the spark plug and put it against metal the engine turns and sounds normal, minus the firing up.


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Unread 06-29-2019, 11:54 AM   #24
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I'm thinking the clutch is slipping on the crankshaft
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Can you do a compression test?
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Unread 06-29-2019, 02:29 PM   #26
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I'm thinking the clutch is slipping on the crankshaft


Thatís what it seems like. Doesnít seem to be spinning the rod. Could that mean the clutch is shot? Or just mess around with tightening that bolt?

I canít do a compression test at the moment I donít have the right tool here. But the cart has been running great and the motor had just been rebuilt before I did all the other work.

Iím just so confused as to what the heck removing the spark plug could possible do and why it turns over when I do?
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I'd just ask for a compression test just to rule it out.
Clutch not being tight does make sense. When the spark plug is out theres no resistance/compression so the engine turns easy. With plug in, the clutch has to overcome the compression of the motor. Tighten that bolt on the end of the clutch. If it turns easily then its definitely loose.
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I'd just ask for a compression test just to rule it out.
Clutch not being tight does make sense. When the spark plug is out theres no resistance/compression so the engine turns easy. With plug in, the clutch has to overcome the compression of the motor. Tighten that bolt on the end of the clutch. If it turns easily then its definitely loose.


Itís definitely the clutch. Threw a wrench on it and the bolt is moving around. Doesnít seem to be getting any tighter, though? Itís not loose enough to move by hand but just keeps spinning with the wrench.


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Itís definitely the clutch. Threw a wrench on it and the bolt is moving around. Doesnít seem to be getting any tighter, though? Itís not loose enough to move by hand but just keeps spinning with the wrench.


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Never mind I got it to tighten up! Just had a long ways to go apparently. Sure as **** it fired right up!

Now if I can get this drive belt back on..UGH! Thereís hardly any room to stretch it back over the pulley and itís hot and humid as hell today lol. Just want to drive it down to the lake and jump in!!


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So I got the belt on the right way and tightened clutch up, and it fired right up.

Drove it down the road up a hill and noticed the bolt was loose again and my S/G belt popped off.

Is my clutch going bad? Or is it just hard to get the clutch bolt tight enough without using an impact wrench?

Think Iím going to get a little smaller belt for the S/G as the pulley is a little thinner than the old S/G and have my neighbor try using his impact wrench on it?


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