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Old 11-28-2021, 08:20 AM   #1
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Default Gas Club Car Struggling up Hills

Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum and also new to owning a golf cart. I just bought a 1996 Club Car Carryall 2 with the Kawasaki fe290 engine a couple weeks ago. I got a good deal and it had been sitting off and on for the past 2 years according to the previous owner. It struggles a little bit to get the engine to start on take off, the starter will turn and turn but it doesn't engage the engine to take off until after a few seconds (8-10). Sometimes it will take right off if you just barely push the throttle, but its very finicky. I've read others have this issue on other threads on here.

However, that's not my major problem. My main issue is the cart will run real good on flat ground, around 14-15 mph which is how it should run stock. However, when you go to go up some hills the cart will make it about halfway and just start to die (drive belt stops turning). I've watched the belts going up hills and they look to transition back to where they should for hills and pulling, but the motor simply dies out, like the rpms die down to not turn the motor anymore. I made some adjustments with the carb thinking it was a fuel issue, but I just can't seem to find a sweet spot for pulling hills. I have made it up the hills some, but most of the time the engine just dies out going up it, especially with anything more than me on board. I put new belts on, and this definitely helped but it's still not doing right.

I'm just trying to figure out if this is fuel/carb related or something wrong with clutches. The clutches seem to be working like they should, but maybe I'm missing something.

I'm just lost as to why the engine works great on flat land but the rpms drop and just dies out going up hills. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 11-28-2021, 09:22 AM   #2
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Default Re: Gas Club Car Struggling up Hills

If the governor is working as it should it should apply more throttle on a hill to maintain speed. Also it would be interesting to see what the engine compression is. With a cart that age it could be that with low compression it just doesn't have the power to do the job.
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Old 11-28-2021, 11:57 AM   #3
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Default Re: Gas Club Car Struggling up Hills

Iíd start with the basics. Tune up (spark plug, valve adjustment, oil change, carb clean, air filter). Compression test just to see where itís at (make sure to hold the throttle all the way open by hand when cranking the engine). Check the clutc faces for wear and make sure theyíre good.

Also check your electrical stuff battery posts, grounds, frame grounds, starter gen connections. Make sure the connection points are all clean and solid. Make sure the battery is healthy also. This stuff may help with the start delay.
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Old 11-28-2021, 12:55 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies, I will check these suggestions. I have ordered a tune up kit and plan to change the oil this week. Clutches have slight wear but it is even wear and very smooth. Springs also seem to be good but the driven clutch, seems to be slightly weak, so that could be part of the issue? As for the compression test, Iíll have to Google or search on here how to do that. Iíve never done a compression test. A couple other questions:

Would low compression be an issue at all time or just seen when pulling hills? Because thatís the only time Iím noticing power loss.

Also would battery/electrical stuff cause this issue? I thought if the starter was turning good and battery seems to be lasting, there would be no issue there. I didnít think about battery power loss being an issue that would cause this. Will have to check voltage.
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Default Re: Gas Club Car Struggling up Hills

The battery electrical stuff can help with the 8-10 second delay trying to start the engine. Check the brushes in the starter/gen for wear as well.

Low compression can make the cart run okay on flat ground and fall on its face on a hill. Thereís far less load presented to the engine on flat ground.

A weak secondary clutch can also affect hill performance. Shouldnít stall the engine but can also make hills nearly impossible.
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Old 12-21-2021, 01:53 PM   #6
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So I wanted to give yíall an update. I checked battery and it was good, I went through and put a new carb on, changed all the fluids, put a new spark plug in and put a new fuel pump and fuel lines. This helped tremendously on cart start up and runs great. Still slows way down and idles down on hills, but will pull the hill, barely. I guess Iíll have to take to a mechanic, because Iím lost on why it wonít pull hills.

My dad has same make and year model as my cart and it throttles up/revs up going up the same hills and pulls great! So I know it can be done, apparently not with my golf cart though.
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Did you check compression? Adjust the valves?
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Old 12-21-2021, 05:37 PM   #8
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No, Iíll have to get a mechanic or local golf cart shop to check that. Iím not going to attempt all that, Iím not much of a mechanic myself above oil changes and simple fixes.

I am thinking that has to be the issues since it runs great everywhere else besides pulling hills.
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