Help! My E-ZGO golf cart goes faster in reverse than forward

My 2015 EZGO RXV golf cart is moving fast in reverse but barely moves forward. It’s making my rounds on the golf course a nightmare. Has anyone else had this bizarre issue? I’m desperate for any tips or fixes.

Response

Hey, I’ve been in your shoes! Had the same problem with my EZGO. Turns out, it was just a simple cable swap that did the trick. Swapped the S1 and S2 cables on the motor, and it was like a whole new cart. Definitely worth a shot in your case.

Solutions that worked for users

SolutionUsers Who Found SuccessApprox. Cost (USD)Approx. Time Needed (Minutes)
Swapping S1 and S2 Cables15$0 (if DIY)45
Checking F/R Contacts10$0 (if DIY)35
Swapping F1 & F2 Wires8$0 (if DIY)45
Controller in Half Speed Mode5$0 (if DIY)25
Swapping S1 and S2 Wires or Removing the Orange Wire3$0 (if DIY)45

Symptoms and Causes

  • Golf cart is faster in reverse than in forward.
  • Possible sluggishness in forward mode.
  • Inconsistent performance between directions.

Solutions that Worked

1. Swapping S1 and S2 Cables

  • Detailed Steps:
    1. Ensure the cart is off and keys are removed.
    2. Locate the S1 and S2 cables on the motor. These are usually marked or referenced in the manual.
    3. Carefully disconnect both cables. Use appropriate tools to avoid damaging the terminals.
    4. Swap the positions of the S1 and S2 cables. Ensure a secure and clean connection.
    5. Test the cart in a safe area to check for improved performance.
  • Handy Tips: Label the cables before swapping to avoid confusion. Ensure all connections are tight and secure.
  • Outcome: Correct speed in both directions.
  • Estimated Cost: $0 (if DIY)
  • Time Needed: 45 minutes

2. Checking F/R Contacts

  • Detailed Steps:
    1. Locate the forward/reverse (F/R) switch. This might require removing a panel or cover.
    2. Inspect the contacts for any signs of wear, misalignment, or dirt.
    3. Clean the contacts with a suitable electrical contact cleaner.
    4. Adjust the contacts for better alignment if necessary. This might require slight bending or repositioning.
    5. Reassemble any removed parts and test the cart.
  • Handy Tips: Use a non-conductive tool for adjusting contacts to avoid short circuits.
  • Outcome: Restored forward speed.
  • Estimated Cost: $0 (if DIY)
  • Time Needed: 35 minutes

3. Swapping F1 & F2 Wires

  • Detailed Steps:
    1. Power off the cart and remove the key.
    2. Identify the F1 and F2 wires on the motor. These are typically different colors or labeled.
    3. Disconnect the F1 and F2 wires, taking care not to damage the terminals.
    4. Swap the positions of these wires.
    5. Reconnect and secure the wires, then test the cart.
  • Handy Tips: Take a photo of the original wiring before swapping for reference.
  • Outcome: Balanced speed in both directions.
  • Estimated Cost: $0 (if DIY)
  • Time Needed: 45 minutes

4. Controller in Half Speed Mode

  • Detailed Steps:
    1. Access the controller of the cart. This may involve removing a panel.
    2. Locate the settings or wiring responsible for the half-speed mode. This is often indicated by an orange wire.
    3. Adjust the settings or wiring as per the manufacturer’s guidelines.
    4. Reassemble and test the cart for changes in speed.
  • Handy Tips: Consult the cart’s manual for specific controller settings.
  • Outcome: Full speed restored in forward.
  • Estimated Cost: $0 (if DIY)
  • Time Needed: 25 minutes

5. Swapping S1 and S2 Wires or Removing the Orange Wire

  • Detailed Steps:
    1. Turn off the cart and ensure it’s safe to work on.
    2. Decide whether to swap the S1 and S2 wires or remove the orange wire (for specific models).
    3. Carefully perform the chosen adjustment.
    4. Reassemble any disassembled parts and test the cart.
  • Handy Tips: Removing wires should be the last resort. Try swapping first.
  • Outcome: Consistent speed in both directions.
  • Estimated Cost: $0 (if DIY)
  • Time Needed: 45 minutes

Ernie

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