How to Fix a Jerky Club Car Golf Cart

Club Car golf cart jerking

Why does my Club car golf cart jerk when accelerating?

The main reason why a  Club car golf cart jerks when you accelerate it is due to a misaligned Inductive Throttle Sensor or dirty clutch.

Causes of jerky Electric golf carts:

1] Water-logging in some of the components of your electric golf cart can result in jerking. Sensors and micro switches installed near the vehicle’s floor mat can malfunction due to water interference, which causes jerks when you accelerate.

2] Sometimes, the Inductive Throttle Sensor (ITS) of your golf cart can go out of alignment. To tackle this issue, you can make use of an Ohmmeter. An Ohmmeter is an electronic device used to stabilize and measure electronic resistance. By using an Ohmmeter, you can rectify the inaccurate reading of your Inductive Throttle Sensor.


Causes of jerky Gas golf carts:

1] In gas golf carts, jerks are related to the clutch. Damage to the primary clutch weights can cause jerks while accelerating your golf cart.

2] Dust and other dirt settled in the clutch can also cause jerks. So, make sure that you clean your golf cart regularly to avoid such situations.


How to fix Club Car Front end jerking

 A Club Car golf cart jerking from the front end of the golf cart occurs due to poor quality of tires. If the tires are worn out or loose, the golf car can start jerking.

  1. The uneven height of your front tires can also cause jerking. So, make sure that all the tires are of even length and width when you buy your desired golf cart.
  2. The beads in the tires can also discomfort while driving your golf cart. If your tires have uneven beads, start by deflating them until the air is halved.
  3. Slowly and steadily, the beads will start pumping in their original place, which will stop causing jerks when you drive your cart.


How to fix Club Car Rear end jerking

 Poor tires or a misaligned rear end and cause the rear end of a Club Car golf cart to jerk.

1] Similar to front-end jerking, rear-end jerking can occur due to the quality of tires. Make sure that you install good quality tires and maintain them timely.

2] Rear end jerking can also occur due to a bent in the rear end tires. You can sort out this issue by replacing the bent tire with one of your front-end tires or buying a new replacement.


Tools Required

Club Car manufactures the best quality golf carts in the electric and gas department for its strong customer base. But every machine requires repairing and maintenance to ensure smooth and efficient operation.

Below I have mentioned the tools you should always equip for fixing or maintaining your favorite golf cart.


Cutters and Crimpers:

 Club Car golf cart comes in with an installed battery. This battery consists of various cables and wires, which are crucial for the working of your vehicle. 

Cutters, crimpers, nails, and a screwdriver are all essential tools you should carry in case you want to dismantle or recharge your golf cart’s battery.  


Extra tires and battery chargers:

There are hardly any cases where a golf cart’s tire gets punctured or needs to be replaced. But for safer and better side, always carry extra tires inside your golf cart.

If you use an electric Golf cart, make sure to carry battery charging equipment with you during every ride.


How to fix Club Car gas golf cart’s jerky acceleration

Club Car’s gasoline-powered Tempo golf cart is one of the most highly coveted golf carts by golfers worldwide. Its speed ranges from12-15 miles/hour.

The Tempo golf cart comes with a 5-year warranty and a dynamic engine of 3.3 horsepower.

The most common thing that causes jerks in a Gas golf cart is the condition of the clutch.

The only obvious difference is that the gas golf cart is powered by a gasoline engine instead of an electric one. 

If the clutch’s issue prolongs for too long, it may deteriorate your golf cart’s overall efficiency. So, it is advisable to take the following steps as soon as possible to fix the problem of jerking caused by acceleration.


Inspecting primary clutch weights:

The primary clutch weights are an important component of the golf cart mechanism and need to be maintained and used efficiently. 

If these clutch weights break by any means, then the clutch starts malfunctioning, this may cause jerks when you accelerate the vehicle. So, you must keep inspecting your golf cart’s primary clutch weights from time to time to avoid such mishaps.


Cleaning and maintaining the golf cart’s clutch:

Hygiene and maintenance of your golf cart are not only important for your comfort but also the regular functioning of your golf cart.

The clutch is the component of your golf cart used very frequently and can be easily soiled with dirt and dust particles. An unclean clutch may lead cause jerks while you ride your golf cart, so make sure to clean it regularly.


Why does my Club car golf cart jerk when taking off?

All models of a Club Car golf cart can suffer jerking due to the quality of its clutch and tires. Jerking generally occurs due to the malfunctioning of the clutch or unaligned tires.

If your golf cart jerks while you hit the ignition, it may come down to the following reasons.

  • Poor Clutch quality: – The clutch of any model of a golf cart is an excessively used component and must be maintained properly. Jamming or damage to the primary clutch weights may result in sudden jerking. That said, piling of dirt and excessive dust particles also cause jerks during ignition.
  • Front end jerking: Your club cart may start jerking right after ignition due to the vehicle’s front end. To prevent it from happening, make sure that the tires in the front end of your cart are of proper quality and grip.
  • Rear-end jerking: – Compared to rear-end jerking, rear-end jerking happens rarely and can be dealt with easily. A bent or beads on the rear tires cause jerking and can be effectively handled by installing new inflatable tubes or changing tires.


Club Car Precedent jerks when accelerating

The Club Car Precedent is one of the most highly desired electric golf carts across the world.

It costs around 11,500 USD and has a minimum horsepower of 3.7 (2.7 kW). 

The Precedent weighs 1176 lbs, and its speed ranges from 8-14.8 miles/hour.

As the Precedent is an electric golf cart, the cause for jerking can be directly related to the batteries or other electronic components. Following are the steps you should take to ensure efficient functioning.

  • Regulators and adaptors: – Every Precedent cart has an MCOR (Motor Controlled Output Regulator). It is a fixed component of the foot pedal unit and can be accessed via the floor mat panel. See to it that this regulator is functioning properly and maintain it regularly.
  • Water-logging in the electric components: – As the Precedent is made up of different electrical components; water-logging into these components can cause the vehicle’s malfunction and cause jerks when accelerating.


Club Car DS jerks when accelerating

The DS produces both battery and gas-powered golf carts. The electric DS weighs 498 pounds, whereas the Gas DS weighs 619 pounds. The speed ranges between 12-15 miles/hour for the gas model, whereas 12-19 miles/hour for the electric one.

Jerks can occur in the DS Car for the following reasons.

  • Battery damage: – Jerks can occur while accelerating in a DS model if the cart’s battery and other electrical components have been damaged. Repairing or replacing these components can lessen or nullify the problem of jerking.
  • Clutch jamming: – As the clutch is excessively used in a DS model, it can get jammed or disorganized easily. Make sure you keep having the clutch of your DS model under the radar regularly.


Why Club Car jerks in forward and reverse

The V4L is a widely popular four seated golf cart manufactured by Club Car. It is available in both electric and gas models. It costs 8500 USD, and its maximum speed reaches 19 miles/hour.

The electric model weighs 1070 lbs, and the gas model weighs 875 lbs.

Club Car models like V4L can experience jerks in forward and reverse due to the following major issues.


Clutch Malfunctioning:

Frequent interaction with the clutch while driving leads to its sticking and malfunctioning. During motor ignition, the clutch can stick up, and the cart starts jerking forward and reverse.


Water-logging in the electrical components:

As Club Car produces electric golf carts, water-logging into the electrical components can cause malfunction of the vehicle and cause jerking in forward and reverse.


Ernie loves documenting interesting facts about golf.

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