How to Align the Front End of an EZGO Golf Cart?
The front-end alignment for an EZGO golf cart requires only the toe adjustment. This can be done by adjusting the ends of the tie rods. Often, a 1/16 to 1/8 inches toe-in adjustment works well for EZGO carts.
You should also consider checking the pressure of the tires and centering the steering wheel.
EZGO TXT front-end alignment
The front-end alignment for a 1999 EZGO TXT golf cart with frame-mounted steering can be done following the steps given below.
- Make sure that the tie rods are adjusted equally. In other words, the number of threads on either end of both tie rods must be equal.
- Ensure that the positioning of the leaf springs is in such a way that the axle and frame are square to each other. For this, the measurement from the middle bolt of the right axle end to the middle bolt on the left frame end of the spring must match the measurement on the opposite end exactly.
- Fix the tie end rods to the steering arm and spindle arms.
- Turn the steering wheel completely towards the driver’s side while ensuring that the right spindle arm just touches the axle bracket at the point where it’s attached. You’ll also have to adjust the tie rod on the driver’s side for this to happen.
- Do a left/right threading and adjust the jam nuts.
- Turn the steering wheel back to the middle and adjust the tie rod on the passenger side for alignment.
2001 EZGO TXT front-end alignment
The front-end alignment for a 2001 EZGO TXT golf cart can be done using the steps given below.
- Take center-to-center measurements on the front and rear of the front tires. The front measurement must be lesser than the rear measurement by 1/8 to 1/4 inches.
- Remove the black plastic cover in front under the golf cart body if you don’t have this difference in measurement.
- Jack up the golf cart as much as you can and locate the position of the tie rods.
- Adjust the tie rods with the help of a wrench to make them shorter or longer. To do this, you’ll have to turn the rods either counterclockwise or clockwise. If the rods feel snug, pour some penetrating oil on them.
- Tighten the nuts on either end of the tie rods and take a re-measurement to ensure that nothing has moved out of place.
- Grease the steering gear, spindles and ball joints.
- Make sure that the front wheels have a free-spinning action.
Make sure that you do the adjustments in very small steps until you get a toe-in measurement of 1/8 to 1/4 inches.
2002 EZGO TXT front-end alignment
The front-end alignment for a 2002 EZGO TXT golf cart can be done by following the steps given below.
- Lift the front of the cart from the ground using a jack. Remember to ensure that the rear brake is engaged.
- Spin the front wheels using your hand. You can also check the alignment when they are in the air.
- Use a crayon or chalk and draw a circle on one of the front tires in the middle of the thread as it’s spinning.
- Repeat the above step for the other front tire as well.
- Rest the golf cart on the ground and move it forward or backward by a few feet.
- Measure the distance between the lines on the front and back of the tires. The measurements should be either the same or the front measurement must be at least 1/8 to 1/4 inches lesser than the rear.
- Measure the diagonal distance from the front of the passenger leaf spring at the outside to the rear of the leaf spring of the driver’s side. Similarly, measure the distance between the front of the leaf spring of the driver’s side at the outside and the rear of the passenger leaf spring at the outside. If both measurements are not the same, it indicates that the front weld-mount axle has shifted.
1999 EZGO TXT front-end alignment
The front wheel alignment for a 1999 EZGO TXT electric golf cart can be done by following the steps given below.
- Position the golf cart so that both the front wheels are pointed straight.
- Measure the distances on the front edge of the front and back of the wheels. The difference in the measurements indicates how much toe-in adjustment you’ll have to make.
Front end adjustments for most golf carts are needed because of damaged parts like bent A-arms or bent or worn out tie rods as well as worn out bushings.
EZGO RXV front end alignment
The front-end alignment for an EZGO RXV golf cart can be done following these steps.
- Lift the front end of the golf cart and support the vehicle on jack stands. Remember to follow the safety instructions given in the manual.
- Turn each wheel around and mark a line around the tire circumference in the middle of the tread pattern.
- Bring the vehicle to rest on the ground and ensure that the tires are positioned pointing straight ahead.
- Move the golf cart forward by about five feet so that the tires are in the usual running position.
- Measure the distance between the marked lines at the rear and front of the tires. The front tire measurement should be lesser than the measurement of the rear tires by 1/8 inches.
- For a 2010 EZGO RXV golf cart, the front-end adjustment can be done by doing a 1/8 to 1/4 inches toe-in adjustment at the ends of the tie rods off the steering box. You can consider pulling the tires and using a straight edge object for an accurate 1/8 inches toe-in adjustment. The front measurement at the front edge of the tire must be 1/8 inches lesser than at the back edge of the tire.
- For a 2008 EZGO RXV golf cart with a recently installed lift, it’s recommended that you take it to the person who installed the lift to get the front-end alignment done, along with a toe-in check and adjustment.
With a standard 2008 EZGO RXV golf cart, you may consider enlarging the hole above the strut at the point where it’s mounted on the dash frame using a 10mm bolt. The enlargement will help in the movement of the strut top for a camber adjustment.
- For a 2009 EZGO RXV golf cart with no front suspension, you may consider using adjustable springs and collars in place of the existing front springs. This can be particularly helpful if you take the cart over bumps and humps rather than the smooth surfaces intended.
Why is the EZGO front end shaking?
The front end of an EZGO RXV may shake or vibrate due to one or more reasons. You may have an improper toe-in adjustment or there may not be sufficient pressure in the tires.
You can do the following if the front end shakes when an EZGO PCS cart moves at a relatively high speed.
- Jack up the golf cart after making sure that you adhere to the safety-related precautions.
- Check for loose suspension and steering. Do the desired tightening.
- Spin both the wheels and check for visible bends or imbalance in them.
- Ensure that the pressure in the tires is according to the required specifications.
- Make sure that both the tires are of the same age. It’s also preferable that they belong to the same brand and manufacturer.
2013 EZGO front end is shaking
You can try out the following steps on a 2013 EZGO RXV golf cart that vibrates when it’s slowing down or moving at a slow speed.
- Jack up the golf cart in such a way that only a single end is lifted at a time with just enough ground clearance.
- Keep a spray can or any object with a straight edge at a distance of about 1/8 inches from the tire to check if it has bulges on the side. Placing it closer to the ground will help you identify if the tire isn’t round.
- Spin the tire using your hand and watch out for a wobble.
- Grasp the tire at 3 and 9 o’clock as well as 12 and 6 o’clock position to check for excess play when it’s suspended.
Once you’re done with the above steps for one tire, repeat them for the remaining tires.
2010 EZGO front end is shaking
On a 2010 EZGO RXV golf cart that has a vibrating front-end when braking, you must ensure that the wheel is bolted properly. You may consider removing the bolt and torquing it again with the right torque pattern.
You can also try out the front-end alignment steps given above for an EZGO RXV golf cart.
2006 EZGO front end is shaking
You can try out the following steps on a 2006 gas EZGO golf cart that has a wobbly front wheel.
- Jack up the golf cart to lift the front wheels off the ground.
- Try shaking the tires from side to side and top to bottom. If you’re able to shake the tires both ways, it indicates that the wheel bearings need tightening. On the other hand, if there is only sideward movement, it’s the tie rods that have to be tightened.
- Check if you can shake the tires from top to bottom once again after tightening the wheel bearings. This will help you to identify if the cart has a worn-out king pin or not.