Fix Club Car Carburetor Flooding Out (Troubleshooting Guide)

fixing a flooding Club Car carburetor

Why is my Club Car flooding out?

Your Club Car may be flooding out because of the following reasons:

  • Sealing problem
  • Damaged fuel pump lines
  • Spark plug issue
  • Clogged hose

Sealing problem: If the carburetor float seat and needle aren’t sealing properly, the free flow of fuel is prevented and the carburetor gets flooded. When they are sealed in place, the flooding will stop.

Damaged fuel pump lines: The fuel pump lines tend to get damaged because of poor quality fuel or the ethanol in the fuel that corrodes the lines. Replacement is often more effective than a repair. Also, ensure that you use good quality fuel.

Clogged hose: The plastic vent hose connected to the bottom of the carburetor sometimes becomes clogged and oily. Remove the hose, clean it thoroughly, and fix it back in position.


Causes of a golf cart flooding

Some of the other major reasons for this problem are given below.

  • The spark plug may not be of the right type or has soot accumulated in it. You can consider replacing this plug with an NGK BP4ES or non-resistor type plug.
  • The float, float bowl or float bowl vent tube may have dirt accumulated in them. This results in the needle sticking open and not resting on the needle seat that in turn prevents the needle valve from getting closed and shutting off the fuel supply. Removing the carburetor and cleaning these parts thoroughly by blowing low-pressure air may help.
  • The airbox is not sealed completely or is damaged. A replacement might arrest the flooding problem. Consider checking if the airbox is dirty resulting in obstruction of air flow or the choke is stuck and take the appropriate action.
  • The air tubes may have collapsed or are not clean. If they have collapsed, getting new tubes fitted in place of old ones is advisable. In case they are dirty, cleaning them should do the trick.
  • The air filter and air inlet are accumulated with debris. Getting them cleaned thoroughly is likely to stop the flooding. If the edge seal is torn, the air filter may also leak. If so, a filter replacement is needed.
  • The fuel tank is not venting and air suction takes place when you try to unscrew a hot cap. Replace the old fuel tank grommet and vent with a new set. Consider changing the fuel filter as well.
  • The fuel pump or fuel lines are damaged because of the ethanol in the fuel. There are also chances that fuel is pumped out under too much pressure because of this. Replacing the worn-out pump with a new one will stop the flooding.
  • The clear plastic vent connected to the carburetor is plugged. When this is cleaned, the flooding will also stop.


How to fix a Club Car that floods out

The method to fix the carburetor of a Club Car that floods out may vary a little from one cart to another depending on the model. It can be done using some basic tools.


2002 gas Club Car

  1. Disconnect the plastic vent hose from the carburetor and clean it to remove the clogs and blocks. Connect it back to the carburetor in its original position.
  2. Check the air filter for damage and replace it to prevent air leak
  3. Inspect the spark plug for soot accumulation and do a replacement with a non-resistant spark plug if this is the case.


2003 gas Club Car with 290cc engine

  1. Remove the dirt in the vent tube of the float bowl as this stops the float from closing the needle valve.
  2. Release the choke in the airbox gently if it is stuck. While you’re on the airbox, check that there is nothing on it that could hinder the airflow.
  3. Replace a leaking valve seal as the leak will make the oil flow into the carburetor once again via the intake port.
  4. Seal the valve needle seat properly to prevent the flow of fuel continuously when the float bowl becomes full.


1999 gas Club Car

  1. Clean the dirt in the float bowl and float by removing the carburetor.
  2. Clear the debris in the air inlet and the air filter. Also, remove blocks in the air tubes.
  3. Replace the airbox in the carburetor if it’s sealed incorrectly or damaged. Ensure that the choke isn’t damaged.
  4. Change the float if the float needle shuts off the fuel supply when the float is moved upwards.


2006 gas Club Car Precedent with 350cc engine

  1. Fit an inline shut-off valve to the fuel line of the carburetor to control the overflow.
  2. Change the existing fuel filter and fuel lines if there are cracks due to wear and tear. You can also consider changing the clamps.
  3. Remove the crude accumulated in the needle and seat in the gas tank as this causes plugging of the vent and builds up pressure in the tank.


Club Car DS carburetor flooding

The carburetor of a Club Car DS may flood due to the following reasons:

  • Dirt accumulation
  • Crack in the float
  • Plugging up of hoses
  • Improper sealing
  • Corroded fuel lines

Dirt accumulation: With extensive usage, the carburetor tends to become dirty. As a result, the float or needle gets stuck in the dirt. You’ll need to clean the carburetor well so that the float and needle get released and allow free flow of fuel.

Crack in the float: The float may develop a crack or hole and get filled with gas. As a result, it will not float but will be pushed down. Changing the complete float setup is a good idea.

Corroded fuel lines: This is often due to bad quality fuel or ethanol. As a result, the pump exerts too much pressure that overcomes the needle valve of the carburetor. When the fuel pump is replaced and good quality fuel is used, the flooding is arrested.


1993 gas Club Car floods out

A 1993 gas Club Car may flood out as a result of the following.

  • Spark plug problem
  • Debris in float and float bowl
  • Damaged airbox and tubes
  • Debris in air filter and inlet

Spark plug problem: The spark plug may not be of the correct type. It could also be that the plug is getting overheated.

Debris in float and float bowl: If there is debris in these parts, the needle will get stuck and the fuel flow will be unregulated. Cleaning the debris will allow the needle to move freely and stop the flooding.

Damaged airbox and tubes: The airbox and tubes in the carburetor may be damaged or collapsed and need a replacement. You can also check the condition of the choke.

Debris in air filter and inlet: The air filter and inlet may have debris accumulated in them. Getting them cleaned is a good idea. Clean the air tubes as well if needed.


1994 gas Club Car floods out

The flooding in a 1994 gas Club Car is often due to the following reasons:

  • Burnt spark plug
  • Dirty inlet valve
  • Improper float position
  • Damaged fuel and air filter
  • Stuck float needle

Burnt spark plug: A completely black spark plug is an indication that it’s burnt and has to be replaced. Ensure that you get the gap size right.

Dirty inlet valve: A clogged inlet valve can cause flooding. The problem stops when the valve is cleaned.

Improper float position: Sometimes, the float may have moved out of position. Put it back in place and check that the needle moves freely. If there is no free movement, remove and clean the carburetor using a carburetor cleaner. Wear safety goggles when you do so.


1995 gas Club Car floods out

If you experience flooding in a 1995 gas Club Car, it is likely due to the following reasons:

  • Damaged fuel pump
  • Burnt spark plug
  • Clogged overflow tube
  • Blocked choke or air filter
  • Defective carburetor

Damaged fuel pump: The fuel pump often gets damaged when the fuel has high ethanol content that causes corrosion and needs a replacement. Using good quality fuel is recommended.

Clogged overflow tube: Remove the tube and blow through it. Connect the free end to an in-tank fuel filter.

Defective carburetor: If the carburetor is faulty, like in cases where the screw below the bolt that keeps the gas bowl in place doesn’t have threads, replace the carburetor.


1996 gas Club Car floods out

A 1996 gas Club Car may flood because of a sticky float, obstructions in intake box or a clogged vent tube.

  • Sticky float: The float may get stuck in the carburetor due to the accumulation of dust and dirt. Remove the carburetor, clean it well and put it back in place ensuring that the float moves freely.
  • Intake box obstructions: Clean the intake box and make sure it’s free of dust and dirt.
  • Clogged vent tube: Remove the clogs in the tube as the debris and dirt will cause the needle and seat or float to be bypassed and gas to be drawn from the float bowl using engine vacuum.


2002 Club Car floods out

The most common reasons for flooding in a 2002 Club Car are improper float operation, faulty needle/seat, a soft intake hose, clogged plastic vent hose connected to the carburetor or a damaged air filter.

  • Improper float operation: The float may malfunction because it’s damaged or dirty. In case of damage, do a replacement. If it’s dirty, remove the carburetor and clean it thoroughly.
  • Soft intake hose: The hose may become soft and begin to collapse over time due to heat from the engine. Do a replacement.
  • Clogged plastic vent hose: Dirt accumulation in the hose can inhibit the free flow of fuel. Cleaning it up fixes the problem.


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