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Unread 02-03-2016, 10:47 AM   #1
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Default Gas Harley Cart goes in reverse but wont go in forward

I have an 1977 and an 1973 Harley Golf Carts. I am working on getting the 1973 model running first, but it will only go in reverse. The engines turns for forward, but never actually grabs the belt to go in forward. Is there anything I should check? Thanks in advance for help.
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Unread 02-03-2016, 01:44 PM   #2
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Default Re: Gas Harley Cart goes in reverse but wont go in forward

Do you see the clutch move inwards in both forward and reverse?
You'll have to jack up the cart to see. Do not take the belt off and try it. If you do it can mess up the clutch and you'll have to take the clutch apart to fix it.
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Unread 02-03-2016, 04:33 PM   #3
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Default Re: Gas Harley Cart goes in reverse but wont go in forward

Also, check and see if your engine is truly running in forward rather than the starter turning the motor via the battery making seem like the engine is running but it really isn't. In other words, you know you are getting spark in reverse, make sure you are getting spark in forward too.
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Unread 02-04-2016, 03:46 AM   #4
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Default Re: Gas Harley Cart goes in reverse but wont go in forward

start with a compression test if you are running 90-95 in forward -reverse it is good. then check the ignition like Lonchlin said. i bought a cart that had improperly adjusted points. it ran great in reverse only. then look at the belt. people seem to not understand these carts need a proper belt. it should be 1-3/16 inches wide. good luck keep posting and it can be narrowed down
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Unread 02-04-2016, 09:33 AM   #5
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Default Re: Gas Harley Cart goes in reverse but wont go in forward

I would not think the clutch or belt would know forward or reverse but who knows. Its more likely to be an electrical problem that is not getting power to the coil or timing or wear. For some reason they do wear differently F to R. Its common to see maybe a 10-20 psi difference in compression between the directions. Its hard to imagine how it wears differently but they do.
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Unread 08-12-2017, 05:50 PM   #6
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I would not think the clutch or belt would know forward or reverse but who knows. Its more likely to be an electrical problem that is not getting power to the coil or timing or wear. For some reason they do wear differently F to R. Its common to see maybe a 10-20 psi difference in compression between the directions. Its hard to imagine how it wears differently but they do.
Did you ever figure out what happened why this thing was running better backwards than forwards I have the same issue and have tried everything

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