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Unread 04-01-2012, 06:24 AM   #1
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I am officially in business now, and had my 1st customer come in with a cart problem. He brought in an old 2 stroke EZGO that was not in the greatest shape. He said the previous owner swore it was runnin great, and then one day it wouldn't, so this guy bought it from him cuz the previous guy didn't want to stick any more $$ into the cart. I found numerous spots where someone (or maybe several someones) had added a wire to another wire, twisted the wires together, then wrapped the splice with electrical tape. One wire in particular had 4 splices in it, using 3 different colors of wire. I went through and cleaned that up, replacing alot of it with new wire, and using wire nuts for my spices. Then I tested the solenoid, and found out it was bad. After replacing it, the main fuse popped, and it took me several tries, but I found the culprit was a short in the after market turn signal set up. Then I found out the starting battery was bad under a load, so I replaced it with a good used one I had sitting around. Once that was fixed, the cart started and ran both in forward and reverse, but it ran weak while cold. It would run much better after it had warmed up for a few minutes. The customer didn't want me to try and fix that, and I was kinda glad. What would have been the most likely problem for the rough running while cold? I figured probably a carb/choke issue, but thought I would get some feedback from you more experienced guys.

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Unread 04-01-2012, 06:56 AM   #2
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Fresh gas and a REAL GOOD CARB cleaning maybe fuel filter & plug you would have seen a world of difference.
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Unread 04-01-2012, 07:04 AM   #3
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Hope this is the start of a busy yearJust a tip,Don't use wire-nuts on stranded-wire.It causes high-resistance.My Dad always did that and would get times where he replaced a bunch of wire,parts,etc.. and nothing worked.I replaced the wire-nuts with crimp-style butt-connectors,and everything was good.Part of my job at work is custom vehichle-wiring for commercial trucks,trust me I've seen it all with wiring.Use the Heat-Shrink style whenever possible,it has a silicone sealer inside,so your connections are protected.A carb cleaning would probably been the cure.You can usually drop the Float-bowl without removing the carb,remove the main-jet,clean it,replace the bowl and have a Nite/Day difference in about 30 minutes.Hope this helps.
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Once my building is up, and I have my shop fully organized, I plan on soldering and shrink wrapping most of my splices. I just felt the wire nuts were better than twisting and taping like they had been before I found them. I actually like to do the soldering.

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You can use the crimp and shrink style,I use tons of them at work and home.They work great and last forever, as long as your crimper doesn't cut the insulation.They make them for all sizes from 16ga-4ga.
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