How to Troubleshoot a Gas Club Car

by Elizabeth Falwell

The Club Car company -- a division of Ingersoll Rand -- manufacturers a wide range of gas- and electric-powered utility vehicles for on- and off-road use. If you run into problems with your gas-powered Club Car, such as the XRT1550, there are several steps you can take to avoid taking the vehicle to a repair shop.

Step 1

Check the type of gas you're using in your Club Car. The XRT1550 comes in standard gas and diesel models. Club Car recommends using automotive-grade unleaded gasoline with an 87 octane in all its four-cycle engines.

Step 2

Use an air pressure gauge to measure the pressure in your tires. Attach the gauge to the tire and release a small amount of air to get an initial reading. If the reading does not match the manufacturer specifications for pounds per square inch (PSI), remove the gauge and pump air into the tire. Continue taking readings with the gauge and adding (or removing) more air until you reach the correct PSI.

Step 3

Replace a flat tire. Club Car urges owners to use only tires made by the company; the XRT1550 uses four-ply mud tires on the front and rear wheels. To change the tires, stabilize the other wheels using wheel blocks, loosen the lug nuts on the problem wheel and raise it off the ground using a jack. Remove the lug nuts entirely and remove the old tire. Put the new tire in place, reattach the lug nuts using a five-star pattern -- attaching one nut, then attaching the nut farthest away from the first next, and so on. Lower the vehicle, tighten the lug nuts and remove the wheel blocks.

Step 4

Inspect the level of the engine oil. Pop the hood of the XRT1550 and find the dipstick on the engine; make sure the vehicle is turned off. Wipe the dipstick clean using a rag and insert it back into the oil well. Remove again and make sure the oil is above the "low" level. If not, add enough engine oil until you reach the right level on the dipstick. Do not fill the oil well past the "full" mark on the dipstick.

Step 5

Remove any dirt or debris from the engine. Pop the vehicle's hood and look for dirt or grass. Wipe the debris off the engine using a clean, dry rag. The XRT1550's owner's manual suggests cleaning the engine compartment with water every month; make sure the engine is not on and has cooled down since its last use before doing this.

Step 6

Press on the brake to see if it is operating correctly. If it is not operating smoothly, check the level of brake fluid. Pop the hood of the vehicle and look for the brake fluid dipstick. Remove the dipstick, wipe it with a clean rag and reinsert it. Remove the stick again, and check that it is at least above the "low" level. If it is below that level, gradually add more fluid.

Step 7

Check the level of transmission fluid in your vehicle. Pop the hood and look for the gear case component near the engine. This unit will have two plugs on it. The upper plug will have a level indicator hole; look into this hole to see the level of the transmission fluid. The XRT1550's manual says the fluid level should be even with the bottom of the indicator hole.

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