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Unread 12-09-2011, 06:20 PM   #1
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Default cart won't run

Hello again,

I posted a day ago or so, but I have another question. I have a 1976 ezgo gas cart. I bought it a few weeks ago and when Test drove it it seemed fine, I got it home and rode it around the block everything seemed fine and the cart ran great and seemed pretty fast and no lack of power. Wed of this week I was going to load it up on a trailer and take it to my parents. I got and it started right up I moved about 100 yards from the back yard to the street and in to the driveway to load it up on the trailer. It has snowed here and we have about 4 inches on the ground and it is cold about 35 or so.

When I tryed to to start it to put it on the trailer it would just turn over. It never sounded like it was actually running and would not move. After further looking I noticed that the drive clutch was not moving to tightned up the belt. I posted about this problem on here and got a few respondes and I have checked the things suggested on here and from a couple places I called. I have spark, checked it today but when I was holding the cable and spark plug to a metal part I got a small shock from the cable. I had gloves on and I was only holding the cable by the insulation. Is this a problem bad cable or something. The spark looked real good. The spark plug was black with some oil residue on it but it did not look bad just a little used.

I then took off the fuel line going to the carb and I had fuel coming out when I turned it over it pulsed out or squirted out about an 1/2 inch or more of fuel, so I take it I have fuel. The gas was in the cart when I got it it does not smell bad but could it be bad causing my problem still. Do I drain and put in fresh gas?

Next some one told me that the main clutch on the motor maybe stuck. I lightly tapped on it with a rubber mallet and pryed forward on it some it moves about a 1/4 to an 1/2 an inch. Should this move more than that or not?

I know I need compression but would it just be bad all of a sudden since this did run good when I test drove it and got it home? Wouldn't I notice some lack of power before it was that? I do not have a compression tester so I can's check it now. I wanted to know what you all thought before I went out and bought one, do I need to check that or just presume it is ok?

My next question is how do you tell if the cart is actually running and not just turning over or running off the starter/gen.? What the differennce here? I would like to know if this is not running or I have a clutch problem.

I got this cart as a xmas gift for my parents to use around the trailer court they manage so I would really like to get this moving again soon, Thanks
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Unread 12-09-2011, 07:44 PM   #2
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Default Re: cart won't run

I would get a new spark plug. I've had them run great and then fail on the next start attempt. Also make sure your battery is charged. The speed the engine cranks at makes a big difference in starting.
I doubt you have a clutch problem since you just drove the cart.
You can easily tell if the engine is actually running by giving it some throttle. If it speeds up, it's running!
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Unread 12-10-2011, 07:11 AM   #3
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Well it sounds like your clutch is probably ok because you need engine RPM to make it move in & out. No you should not get a shock when holding the plug wire. It's leaking current and will find the nearest point to ground ie. any metal object grounded.First put the rear on jack stands crank the engine at full throttle and see if it will run. If not I would replace the coil wire and plug some has been known to fire outside of the engine but under compression will not fire. Another test would be to squirt a bit of pre mix gas into the cylinder and see if it trys to fire. Are you pre mixing the fuel if so 128:1 1oz per gallon of gas. If you still have the injector I would get rid of it but thats another topic. Lets get it running first. Dave will chime in i'm sure.
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Unread 12-10-2011, 12:08 PM   #4
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Trust them , these guys cover all the bases and are sure to get you going again. Sooner or later they will tell you to go HEI ignition,,,It's worth it ,,I'm proof of that!!!! good luck
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Unread 12-11-2011, 10:39 PM   #5
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Thanks all. I replaced the spark plug and fuel filter and cranked it over and finally the thing fired up and ran. Thanks again.
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Unread 12-12-2011, 06:20 AM   #6
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GOOD LUCK
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