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Unread 11-17-2011, 05:30 PM   #1
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I went to the mail box in my cart today and half way back home the engine started missing and there was a lot of blue smoke. I got home and found oil in the air filter housing that was being sucked into the carb. Is there supposed to be oil in there? (on the carb side and not the paper filter side) Is it similar to the old oil bath filter systems on the 60s and 70s on cars. Or is the oil coming from the crankcase breather tube? If it is, is that normal? I bought the cart last fall, ride it seldom but when I changed the air filter after I bought it I did not notice the oil in the housing. I have now wiped it out. There was about a tablespoon in there. Someone set me straight on this situation, if you would. Thanks.
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Unread 11-17-2011, 05:39 PM   #2
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Default Re: Oil in the Filter Housing

When was your last oil change and who performed the service? Your cart is lifted which tilts the engine and renders the dipstick inaccurate without recalibration. The crankcase may be overfilled if the original uncalibrated dipstick was used as a measure of oil level.
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When was your last oil change and who performed the service? Your cart is lifted which tilts the engine and renders the dipstick inaccurate without recalibration. The crankcase may be overfilled if the original uncalibrated dipstick was used as a measure of oil level.
I did the oil change. Put in 1 and about 1/2 quarts. The oil in the crankcase is very clean, the oil that was in the air filter housing was dirty. Could the oil have came from the crankcase breather tube into the housing if I overfilled? But why was the oil in the housing so dirty? From fine particles of dust not trapped in the filter.
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Unread 11-17-2011, 06:02 PM   #4
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Tex, I don't know as I'm a sparky guy. I just wanted to help out by relating a scenario I have seen here countless times before. If you are putting in the CORRECT amount of oil it should stay in the crankcase as before. Someone with real gasser experience will be along to help you out.
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The oil is dirty because the breather tube is filled with years of dirt... was. Excessive blow-by can cause this problem too.
Check you oil level.
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The oil is dirty because the breather tube is filled with years of dirt... was. Excessive blow-by can cause this problem too.
Check you oil level.
The oil is right on the full mark. Of course the amount of oil in the filter housing is not enough to make a difference on the stick. After I wiped the oil out of the housing I ran the cart around the area and no additional oil appeared in the housing and the exhaust is clear (no blue smoke). I guess I will just check from time to time and see if I get more oil in there. My brother in law said that he has had the same thing happen to him and once he wiped the housing clean he didn't have any more oil collect. Since this cart was on a golf course most of its life and was pretty much used up, chances are that it may well be blow by.
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I drove the cart to the mail box again today and when I got back I checked the filter housing and it had oil in it again. I cranked it and while running put my finger on the breather tube and find air flow. Should there be air flow? It did not spit any oil during the time I let it run, about a minute, but only at idle.
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Default Re: Oil in the Filter Housing

Like Gornoman stated, If a cart is Lifted it should not read full on the dip stick with 1.5 quarts of oil, mine reads half way on the dipstick, where I have it marked, If it is over full on oil it will blow it into the breather.
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Like Gornoman stated, If a cart is Lifted it should not read full on the dip stick with 1.5 quarts of oil, mine reads half way on the dipstick, where I have it marked, If it is over full on oil it will blow it into the breather.
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Well, then I guess that I will do an oil change. When I drain the crankcase I will check to see how much was in there and refill with the correct amount. Thanks guys for all the input.
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All the oil won't come out of the Ezgo Subaru engine unless you remove the oil filter, which should be done once a yr.
You will find it on the driver side. It's triangular in shape with 3 10mm bolts holding it in place. Once it's removed for cleaning, jack the passenger side of the cart up and drain the remaining oil from the engine while you spray the metal filter out with carb or brake cleaner.
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