ClubCar Precedent Golf Cart Tune-up Guide for All Gas Precedent Carts

Posted by Joe Mutton on

This is an illustrated guide to changing the Air and Fuel filter, as well as Spark plug for all ClubCar Gas Precedent carts.
Not sure which ClubCar Cart you have?
ClubCar ID Plaque
Our handy guide will tell you what year and model.
There is a separate post for changing your Club Cars oil.
Tools needed
  1. Flathead screwdriver
  2. T15 Torx driver
  3. Socket Wrench with Spark Plug Socket
  4. A pair of needle-nosed pliers

Replace the Air Filter

The ClubCar air filter is FIL-0010

ClubCar air Filter; 1992-Present Club Car DS gas models with overhead valve engines.  Replaces OEM Part Number: 1015426, 2116, 11024

Begin by raising the seat upon its hinges and lifting the cushion out of the hinge brackets. These hinges allow removal of the seat by sliding the double-eared tab out of the hinge slot.

Set the seat aside and locate the air filter box. On the 1992 – 1996 model DS Club Car with the FE290 Kawasaki engine, this is located on the driver’s side of the opening, and it is a black plastic box with two thumbscrews at the back. Turn each of these 90 degrees to unlatch and the back swings out. Note: if the box’s position in the well makes it too difficult to access the latches, remove the entire airbox by loosening the hose clamps at the front and back of the box.
Remove the Air Filter and inspect. It is supposed to be white (or as close to it as possible), not brown or black. Replace the old filter with the the brand new filter.
Air Filter in ClubCar Gas Golf Cart
Remove clamps holding the hose to the air-box.
Airbox hose removed; ClubCar air filter change
Remove old filter form airbox.
remove old filter from Club Car Golf Cart
Replace the air-filter with the new one; installation is the reverse of removal.
Be sure to check the hose that connects the air-box to the carburetor and make sure no splits or cracks are allowing the air to bypass the filter and choke.

Replace the Fuel Filter

The ClubCar fuel filter is FIL-0014

ClubCar Fuel Filter

The fuel tank is on the passenger side of the engine well and has a fuel filter inline on the fuel line leading to the carburetor. If you have one of the clear plastic filters, check the color of the fuel inside it to ensure the gasoline has not gotten too old and turned to a “shellac” condition--the fuel within the filter is a dark amber color rather than a light clear color. If the fuel gets to this stage, it becomes thick and hard to pass through the filter and carburetor jets.

Changing aFuel Fitler on a Club Car Gas Cart

Note the position of the filter with the tapered end and the flat end. The fuel flow on this filter goes from tapered to flat end…Don’t get this reversed!

removed fuel filter from Club Car Gas Cart


Fuel Filter Orientation


If the gas is too old and you have any question about its quality, pump the old gasoline out using a hand pump and replace with fresh gas. Take the old fuel filter and tap the back (the side leading to the top of the fuel tank) on a clean paper towel and see if any black sludgey deposits stain the sheet. If so, you probably have found the problem with your cart’s performance.
Sometimes there is a second filter located underneath the carburetor facing the front of the vehicle. Check to see if you have one and make sure it is also clear of deposits.
Replace the old filter with your brand new one; installation is the reverse of removal.
Replaced new fuel filter for ClubCar Gas Cart

Replacing the Spark Plug

Club Car DS and Precedent all use NKG's BP5ES sparkplug, <Click Here>
ClubCar BP5ES sparkplug

Locate the spark plug on the top of the engine and remove the cable,

exposing the top of the plug. Use a spark plug socket and ratchet to remove the spark plug and inspect the ceramic insulator.


remove spark plug Club Car Gas Cart

This should be light brown to brown and not oily or wet. If it is black in color, you might be running too rich of a fuel mixture, requiring an adjustment to the air screw.

Check the gap with a spark plug gap tool (cheap or free at most parts counters) and set this gap to .028 – .030. Replace the spark plug and screw into place using the socket and your fingers to prevent cross-threading.

Lightly tighten with the ratchet…no need to strip it out by tightening too much (you do not want to deal with a stripped out spark plug hole on the engine’s head). Push the wire connector back on to the spark plug.

Set Your Cart To “Maintenance Mode” to test the engine

After all of these steps are completed, it is time to test our work. Located on the wall of the engine compartment opposite of the engine is the switch cam. This is on the backside of the forward/neutral/reverse lever. Put the lever in the “Neutral” position.

Grasp the cam as shown in the picture and pull out on the cam. Rotate the cam about 180 degrees or so that when released the cam is now pressing upon the micro-switch on top. When the micro-switch is engaged in the “pressed” position, and the lever is in the “Neutral” position, you can start the engine without the cart taking off. Be sure to chock the wheels so the cart does not runaway if you bump the switch while working.

Start It Up

Reach in and press the accelerator with your hand and the engine will begin to turn over. If the engine is still cold, you may need to use your other hand and press the choke button until it starts. Listen to the engine while revving up and down to see if your engine is running better now. Note that the engine will not idle when you release the accelerator, because the cart is designed to stop running when your foot comes off the pedal.


Now that you have replaced the Air, Fuel filter and spark plug, the engine is running better than it was and you can begin traveling the countryside or neighborhood.

If you need to replace the Air, Fuel filter and sparkplug, we have a tune-up kit for the ClubCar DS

 Tuneup kit clubcar DS
Tune up Kit for ClubCar Precedent
Tune Up Kit ClubCar Precedent

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