My Unit Won't Start
A common problem we receive here at Killer Motorsports is when customers have issues starting their go kart. Whether it's fuel or electronic related, many of the typical starting issues are easy to solve. Listed below are a few of our most common solutions that you can check at home if you're having difficulty staring your go kart.
- Check power and fuel: When a go kart engine won't start, it is usually because of a lack of electricity or fuel restrictions. The first thing you'll want to do is check your battery and make sure it has a 100 percent charge. The next quick step is to check your gas to make sure you have flow to the engine. If after this step you determine that there is power in the battery and fuel flowing through the lines, you'll need to inspect a few specific parts.
- Remove your spark plug and put the plug back into the ignition coil, hold the coil with your handle, and put the plug onto a ground or the engine, then have someone try and start it. If the spark plug doesn't fire, change your plug. If after this step the spark plug still does not spark, then you have a faulty ignition coil.
- Next, you will need to make sure you have gas going to the carb. Take the gas hose off the carb and make sure gas flows from the lines. You might have to try and start the engine to see gasoline flowing if you have a suction-type petcock. If gas is getting to the carb, then try to start your unit for about 30 seconds. Once you are done with that, take the spark plug out and see if it is wet. If so, then the issue is not fuel-related. If it is not wet, then you need to do a carburetor clean and rebuild. See the section about carb maintenance here on Killer Motorsports for further instructions.
Most of the time, finding the reason why your go kart won't start is rather simple. However, if you've completed all of these steps and still can't diagnose the precise issue, you'll want to contact Killer Motorsports for further recommendations.