The Case of the Bouncing Quitting Go Kart: Carburetor Grief
Saturday, May 21st, 2011

You may have run into this or you may run into this where you are riding your go kart on a bumpy, gravely driveway and suddenly the go kart stops running properly. It just up and quits. “Why would the go kart suddenly quit?” Is the question in your mind and “What would cause the [...]

Why Does An Engine Work: Smoke and Noise…Why?
Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

I remember my first engine that my grandfather gave me. It was a wonder of spark, smoke, heat and noise. I was afraid of it, yet I was intrigued by it. I was not until after close inspection of the engine, some tinkering and reading some books that I started to get an understanding of how engine worked. One of the most useful books I read was a book called “Heat Engines.” This article trims down the complex language and brings it home to the average reader. The complexity of engines has its place, but the basics need to be understood first: converting heat to something useful….just what is that?

Removing a Centrifugal Clutch From a Go Kart Engine
Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Sometimes removing components off of engines can be tricking. This article discusses some tips on how to remove a centrifugal clutch from a go kart engine.

Disassembling An Engine Part II: How Do You Do It?
Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Having worked on small engines in a rental outfit for a number of years I am putting together a list of steps required to disassemble a small engine. This list is what was found to be most efficient way to take an engine apart and diagnose internal problems.

Getting More Umph Out of Your SuperCharger Set Up
Sunday, January 10th, 2010

We all have dreams of bolt on horsepower, but quite honestly it doesn’t quite work like that. Even if you put together a supercharger system it doesn’t all quite work out well in the end. That is unless you understand how to set it up and what is required to make it work best. This article is the key to supercharging and is a must have in your arsenal of engine upgrades….

Engine Runs…Then Quits. Why?
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

The frustration begins when you start playing around with an engine that starts but then just quits. You can spend hours chasing rabbit trails that lead no where. Don’t be caught victim to this dilema. In this article we discuss why and engine will run and then suddenly just quit.

Basic Principles in SuperCharging: A Go Kart With More Bolt On Power
Thursday, December 24th, 2009

SuperCharging…What is it, how is it done, how can it be done on a go kart? These are the questions that have been nagging us since the Mad Max days of the early 80′s. This article discusses the different types of Superchargers available to go kart users. It also discusses the difficulties each poses when developing it for go kart use.

Engine Disassembly – Why Take An Engine Apart?
Friday, December 4th, 2009

Engines are fickle things at times and require complete tear down. The question is “How do you know when to tear an engine apart? Why do it?” I remember spending hours tearing engines apart and then realising that I really did not need to do that, all that was wrong with it was a simple solution. This article talks about what reasons warrant an engine disassembly. This article alone could save you hundreds of dollars…so take a look.

How Does The Governor Work On Go Karts Or Small Engines?
Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Whenever we use our lawnmowers, log splitters or even wood chippers we take for granted that they are regulated in speed by the governor. The governor however can be a perplexing system that appears to be a jumbled mess of springs and levers.

This article discusses the design of governor mechanisms and how to trouble shoot them. If you want to be a successful small engine mechanic understanding of governor mechanisms is a must, other wize customers will be walking away shaking their heads.

My Go Kart Doesn’t Start: It just clicks.
Monday, October 5th, 2009

Engine electronics and circuitry can be scary, or overwhelming. It need not be. In this article we discuss how to trouble shoot and repair a faulty starter circuit on a go kart, or even a tractor for that matter. Whether it is diesel or gas, does not matter, the troubleshooting process is the same.


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