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When Do I Change the Engine Oil in my Go Kart? – Best Advice!

When do I change the engine oil in my go kart?

Change the engine oil in your go kart every 20 hours of use.

Or once every 3-4 Months if you put little to no use on the go kart.

When Do I Change the Engine Oil in my Go Kart?

Changing the engine oil in your go kart engine is really easy and should be done every 20 hours or every 3-4 months depending on the use. This is critical to extending the life of your go kart engine.

Engines have internal rotating components that spin at speeds of 8,000 RPM. That means the crankshaft is rotating 360 degrees 8,000 times in 1 minute!

That’s nuts right!

The engine oil provides and thin layer of protection against those parts and pieces. The Crank shaft, crank bearing, camshaft, lifters, valves and rockers are all components that are exposed to extreme heat and wear.

Do you know what protects those crucial components?

That’s right…

The oil!

When Do I Change the Engine Oil in my Go Kart?

Be sure to change the engine oil in your go kart!

Do I need to Change my Go Kart’s Engine Oil?

Yes, you do. The molecules in engine oil will breakdown over time due to heat, cold, dirt and contaminants from the combustion cycle.

Not only will it break down it will also become contaminated.

Engine oil will be contaminated with dirt, wear metals (steel, aluminum, Chromium, etc.), Carbon, Fuel and anything else you shouldn’t be putting in the crankcase.

The contaminants will be caught in the tight tolerances that are less than a .001″

Are you not taking the hint that changing engine oil is important yet?!

A piece of human hair could cause a engine failure.

What if I Don’t use my Go Kart? Do I still need to change the oil?

Yes, but much less frequently.

You could switch to changing the oil once a year.

If the go kart engine is not running the oil will not break down and contaminants will not be introduced… kinda.

Engines will warm up and cool at different rates. Condensation will start to accumulate in the crank case (inside the engine block). Some water can start to emulsify with the engine oil.

Even if you do not plan on running your go kart very often, warming the engine up to operating temperature is a good idea.

This causes the water to evaporate and keep everything well lubricated and free of any moisture.

Taking Care of your Go Kart’s Engine

Go Kart engines need clean lubricants. Keeping up on the oil changes will maximize the life of the engine.

Engines are the most expensive component on your go kart. Taking care of it will prevent you from having to spend unnecessary money on a new engine.

Spend the 20 bucks and save a couple hundred dollars down the road.

For a really interesting read on why engine oil does not last forever check this out.

Why Motor Oil Deteriorates

They go over all of the burning questions you have around engine oil. Why extreme heat, cold, and contaminants cause your engine oil to fail you.

How is a Go Kart Engine Lubricated?

Unlike a engine in a car or truck go kart engines do not have oil pumps

Engine oil pumps are usually gear driven off the crankshaft and pull engine oil from the oil pan and push the oil through the oil galley, crankshaft journals, camshaft journals, lifters, push rods, rocker arms, over the heads and back down to the engine oil pan to start all over.

When Do I Change the Engine Oil in my Go Kart?

Engines are the most expensive component on your go kart. Taking care of it will prevent you from having to spend unnecessary money on a new engine.

Most go kart engines are splash lubricated.

There is a little arm that is part of the rod end cap that will dip down in the engine oil and splash the oil around.

This happens thousands of times a minute so you can imagine the amount of engine oil splashing around in there.

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