Help! My Yamaha Drive2 Gas golf cart won’t start

My normally reliable Yamaha Drive2 Gas Golf Cart refuses to start, and I’m out of ideas. It’s been my go-to for daily chores, and now I’m stuck. What would cause this to happen.


Totally understand your frustration! I had a nightmare with my 2016 Drive2 not starting. Turns out, replacing the Intake Air Pressure Sensor was the key. It’s a bit of a task, but it solved my problem.

Solutions that worked for users

SolutionUsers Who Found SuccessApprox. Cost (USD)Approx. Time Needed (Minutes)
Replacing the Intake Air Pressure Sensor1$50 – $10045 – 75
Cleaning the Fuel Injector1$5 – $1020 – 40


  • Golf cart not starting despite attempts.
  • Intermittent starting issues in certain models.
  • Engine cranks but doesn’t turn over.

Possible Causes

  • Fuel system issues, including blockages.
  • Sensor malfunctions, especially the Intake Air Pressure Sensor.
  • Ignition system or spark plug problems.

Solutions that Worked

1. Replacing the Intake Air Pressure Sensor

  • What I Did: Replaced the Intake Air Pressure Sensor.
  • Outcome: The golf cart started consistently without further issues.
  • Personal Experience: The replacement process was straightforward and resolved the starting issues.
  • Estimated Cost: $50 – $100
  • Time Needed: 45 – 75 minutes
  • Detailed Steps:
    1. Locate the Sensor: Find the Intake Air Pressure Sensor on your golf cart. It’s usually near the air filter.
    2. Disconnect the Old Sensor: Carefully unplug the connector and unscrew the sensor.
    3. Install the New Sensor: Place the new sensor in, ensuring it’s properly aligned.
    4. Reconnect Everything: Reattach the connector and secure the sensor.
    5. Test: Start the golf cart to check if the issue is resolved.
  • Expert Tip: Always ensure the replacement sensor is compatible with your model. A mismatched sensor can lead to further issues.

2. Cleaning the Fuel Injector

  • What I Did: Cleaned the EFI fuel pump and injector.
  • Outcome: Improved starting reliability, though temporarily.
  • Personal Experience: Cleaning provided a temporary fix, suggesting a deeper fuel system issue.
  • Estimated Cost: $5 – $10
  • Time Needed: 20 – 40 minutes
  • Detailed Steps:
    1. Remove the Injector: Carefully detach the fuel injector from the engine.
    2. Clean Thoroughly: Use a quality carb cleaner to clean the injector nozzles.
    3. Inspect for Damage: Check for any visible damage or wear.
    4. Reinstall the Injector: Place the injector back and ensure it’s properly seated.
    5. Test the Cart: Start the engine to see if the cleaning made a difference.
  • Expert Tip: If cleaning the injector only helps temporarily, consider checking the entire fuel line and tank for any blockages or contamination.

Golf cart models where this worked

  • 2016 Yamaha Drive2 Quiet Tech EFI
  • 2021 Yamaha Drive2 Quietech
  • 2011 Yamaha Drive Gas Golf Cart

Extra tips

  • Battery Check: Ensure your battery is fully charged and connections are clean.
  • Spark Plug Inspection: A faulty spark plug can often cause starting issues.
  • Fuel Quality: Old or contaminated fuel can lead to starting problems.
  • Sensor Specifics: The Intake Air Pressure Sensor is a common culprit in starting issues for these models.
  • Fuel System Maintenance: Regular cleaning and maintenance of the fuel system can prevent many starting issues.


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