Best way to disable regen braking on my Club Car golf cart?

I’m having great trouble with the regen braking on my Club Car. It’s like wrestling a bear every time I hit a hill, and it’s sucking the joy out of my rides. I’m not trying to break any land speed records here, just want a smoother experience without the cart fighting me. Has anyone cracked the code on this one?


Yes, I have had this issue with my Club Car Precedent. The regen braking was more of a nuisance than a help, especially in areas where I needed a consistent speed. What worked for me was getting the regen settings adjusted through a Club Car programmer at a local repair shop. They set it to coast mode when I release the accelerator, and it made a world of difference. It didn’t affect the cart’s speed but made the ride much smoother.

Solutions that Worked for Users

SolutionUsers Who Found SuccessApprox. Cost (USD)Approx. Time Needed (Minutes)
Adjust Regen Settings with Programmer2$0 – $5015 – 30
Aftermarket Controller Installation1$250 – $50060 – 120


  • Cart braking unexpectedly, especially noticeable on inclines.
  • Lack of smoothness in ride due to regen braking engaging abruptly.

Possible Causes

  • Regen braking settings too aggressive for personal preference.
  • Default controller settings not aligned with user’s driving style.

Solutions + Steps

Adjust Regen Settings with a Programmer

Users Who Found Success: 2
Approx. Cost: $0 – $50
Time Needed: 15 – 30 minutes

Detailed Steps:

  1. Locate a Qualified Technician: Start by finding a golf cart repair shop that specializes in Club Cars. Not all shops have the necessary programmer, so it’s worth calling ahead.
  2. Discuss Your Needs: Clearly explain that you’re looking to adjust the regen braking settings. If you have a specific scenario (like uphill struggles), mention it. This helps the technician understand your desired outcome.
  3. Programming Adjustment: The technician will use a Club Car programmer to access and adjust the regen braking settings. This usually involves connecting the programmer to a port under the dashboard.
  4. Test Drive: Always take a test drive post-adjustment to ensure the cart behaves as expected. Pay attention to how it coasts and handles inclines.

Handy Tips:

  • Battery Considerations: Lower regen settings can impact battery recharge rates during use. Keep an eye on your battery levels if you’re going on longer rides.
  • Seasonal Adjustments: You might prefer different settings based on the season, especially in areas with winter golfing. Don’t hesitate to tweak settings as needed.

Aftermarket Controller Installation

Users Who Found Success: 1
Approx. Cost: $250 – $500
Time Needed: 60 – 120 minutes

In-Depth Steps:

  1. Research Compatible Controllers: Not all aftermarket controllers are created equal. Look for one that offers easy regen braking adjustments and is compatible with your Club Car model.
  2. Professional Installation Recommended: While it’s possible to DIY, professional installation ensures everything is set up correctly, especially with wiring and programming.
  3. Customize Your Settings: With the new controller installed, you can now fine-tune your regen braking. Some controllers offer app-based adjustments, which can be very convenient.
  4. Ongoing Adjustments: One of the perks of an aftermarket controller is the ability to make adjustments on the fly. Experiment with different settings to find what works best for various conditions.

Unique Insights:

  • Warranty Considerations: Changing your controller might affect your cart’s warranty. Check your warranty terms before proceeding.
  • Regen vs. Non-Regen Modes: Some controllers allow you to switch between regen and non-regen modes. This can be handy for different terrains or driving styles.

Models where these solutions worked

  • Club Car Precedent


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