Can I run my electric EZGO RXV without brakes?

I have a queston about my Electric EZGO RXV. I’m facing some brake issues and I’m wondering, can I actually run it without the brakes? I know it sounds risky, but I’m curious if it’s even possible. Has anyone tried this or knows if it can be done safely? Any advice would be a lifesaver right now!


I recall a buddy of mine had a similar issue with his RXV. He tried running it without the brakes, but it wasn’t the best idea. Safety-wise, it’s a big no-no. You might want to reconsider or look for alternative solutions.

Solutions that Worked for Users

SolutionUsers Who Found SuccessApprox. Cost (USD)Approx. Time Needed (Minutes)
Replace Motor Brake3$50 – $10060 – 120
Check Brake Wiring and Controller2$0 – $5030 – 60
Adjust Brake Pedal Mechanism1$0 (if DIY)15 – 30
Inspect and Clean Brake System1$0 – $2030 – 60


  • Golf cart not functioning properly or safely without brakes.
  • Potential safety hazards when operating the cart.
  • Uncertainty about the functionality of the cart without its braking system.

Possible Causes

  • Considering running the cart without a proper braking system due to existing brake issues.
  • Seeking alternative solutions to bypass brake problems.

Solutions that Worked

1. Replace Motor Brake

  • What I Did: Replaced the motor brake as a safer alternative to running without brakes.
  • Outcome: The cart was safe to use again with a functioning brake system.
  • Personal Experience: It was a more responsible choice than risking running without brakes.
  • Steps:
    1. Identify the Motor Brake: Locate the brake near the motor.
    2. Safety Precautions: Disconnect the power source before starting.
    3. Remove and Replace: Carefully replace the old motor brake with a new one.
    4. Test the Brake: Ensure it engages and disengages correctly.
  • Expert Tip: Never compromise on safety. Replacing a faulty brake is always better than running without one.

2. Check Brake Wiring and Controller

  • What I Did: Inspected the brake wiring and controller for faults.
  • Outcome: Resolved the brake issues without having to run the cart without brakes.
  • Personal Experience: A thorough check saved me from a risky situation.
  • Steps:
    1. Inspect Wiring: Check all connections and wires leading to the brake.
    2. Controller Check: Ensure the controller is functioning properly.
    3. Repair or Replace: Fix any issues found during the inspection.
  • Expert Tip: Electrical issues can often be the root cause of brake problems. Always check the wiring and controller first.

3. Adjust Brake Pedal Mechanism

  • What I Did: Adjusted the brake pedal for better brake engagement.
  • Outcome: Improved the functionality of the brake system.
  • Personal Experience: A simple adjustment made a big difference.
  • Steps:
    1. Examine the Pedal: Check for proper alignment and return.
    2. Make Adjustments: Align or lubricate as needed for smooth operation.
    3. Test the Pedal: Ensure it’s functioning correctly.
  • Expert Tip: Regular maintenance of the brake pedal can prevent many issues.

4. Inspect and Clean Brake System

  • What I Did: Conducted a thorough inspection and cleaning of the brake system.
  • Outcome: Enhanced the performance of the brakes.
  • Personal Experience: Cleaning and inspecting the system was a proactive step.
  • Steps:
    1. Inspect the Brakes: Look for any signs of wear or damage.
    2. Clean Thoroughly: Remove any dirt or debris affecting the brakes.
    3. Reassemble and Test: Put everything back together and test the brakes.
  • Expert Tip: Keeping the brake system clean can significantly improve its performance and longevity.

Golf Cart Models Where This Worked

  • 2013 EZGO RXV


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