My golf cart is getting too much gas

My golf cart keeps flooding with gas, and I can’t seem to figure out why. It’s causing a real headache and making the cart unusable. Has anyone else run into this issue and managed to fix it?


I do understand your problem. For me, the cause was a clogged hose in the carburetor. Clearing it out did the trick. Have you checked your carburetor’s hoses and float system?

Solutions that Worked for Users

SolutionUsers Who Found SuccessApprox. Cost (USD)Approx. Time Needed (Minutes)
Cleaning Carburetor and Checking Needle/Float10-3045-90
Draining Oil Contaminated with Gas10-2030-45
Checking Float Needle and O-Ring10-2030-50


  • Golf cart floods and gets too much gas.
  • Difficulty in starting or running the cart smoothly.

Possible Causes

  • Issues with the carburetor, such as a dirty needle or float sticking.
  • Contamination of oil with gas.
  • Problems with the float needle and o-ring.

Solutions that Worked

  1. Cleaning Carburetor and Checking Needle/Float
    • What I Did: Cleaned the carburetor thoroughly and made sure the needle and float were not sticking.
    • Outcome: The cart stopped flooding and ran smoothly.
    • Personal Experience: After a thorough cleaning, I found some debris causing the needle to stick. Once removed, the issue was resolved.
    • Estimated Cost: $0-30 (if done personally)
    • Time Needed: 45-90 minutes
    • Detailed Steps:
      1. Turn off the golf cart and ensure it’s on a level surface.
      2. Remove the carburetor from the golf cart. This may involve disconnecting the fuel line and removing a few bolts.
      3. Disassemble the carburetor. Take photos or notes to remember how to reassemble it.
      4. Clean each part with carburetor cleaner. Pay special attention to the needle and float.
      5. Check the float for any holes or damage. Shake it to hear if there’s any fuel inside, which indicates a leak.
      6. Reassemble the carburetor using your notes or photos as a guide.
      7. Reinstall the carburetor and reconnect any lines.
      8. Test the cart for proper operation.
    • Handy Tips: Use a carburetor cleaning brush for hard-to-reach areas. Be gentle with small parts to avoid damage.
    • Expert Tip: Regular cleaning of the carburetor can prevent many fuel-related issues. Always use carburetor cleaner and compressed air for best results.
  2. Draining Oil Contaminated with Gas
    • What I Did: Drained the oil to remove any gas contamination.
    • Outcome: Improved engine performance and resolved flooding.
    • Personal Experience: I noticed the oil level was unusually high and smelled of gas. Draining and replacing it fixed the issue.
    • Estimated Cost: $0-20
    • Time Needed: 30-45 minutes
    • Detailed Steps:
      1. Locate the oil drain plug under the engine.
      2. Place a container underneath to catch the old oil.
      3. Remove the plug and allow the oil to drain completely.
      4. Replace the oil with fresh, appropriate grade oil.
      5. Check the oil level to ensure it’s at the correct level.
      6. Start the engine and let it run for a few minutes, then check the oil level again.
    • Handy Tips: Wear gloves and use a funnel to avoid spills. Dispose of the old oil responsibly.
    • Expert Tip: Regularly check your oil level and quality. Gas in the oil can indicate a serious problem with the fuel system.
  3. Checking Float Needle and O-Ring
    • What I Did: Inspected the float needle and o-ring for leaks or damage.
    • Outcome: Resolved the issue of the cart flooding.
    • Personal Experience: I found the o-ring was worn out, causing a leak. Replacing it fixed the flooding problem.
    • Estimated Cost: $0-20
    • Time Needed: 30-50 minutes
    • Detailed Steps:
      1. Remove the carburetor from the engine.
      2. Carefully disassemble the carburetor to access the float chamber.
      3. Inspect the float needle for wear or damage. Replace if necessary.
      4. Check the o-ring for any signs of wear or damage. Replace if it’s not sealing properly.
      5. Reassemble the carburetor, ensuring all parts are correctly fitted.
      6. Reinstall the carburetor and test the engine.
    • Handy Tips: Handle the float needle gently to avoid bending it. Ensure the o-ring is properly seated.
    • Expert Tip: Always use high-quality replacement parts to ensure longevity and proper functioning of the carburetor.

Golf Cart Models Where This Worked

  • Various models and years, including Club Car DS and Yamaha G29.

Extra tips

  • In 2-cycle engines, ensuring the correct fuel-to-oil ratio is critical for preventing fuel flooding and engine damage.
  • High altitude can significantly affect the air-fuel mixture, so adjustments may be necessary for optimal performance.
  • A weak spark can be a sign of issues with the ignition system, such as a faulty spark plug or ignition coil. Regular maintenance of these components is essential.


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