My electric EZGO golf cart is fully charged but won’t move

I’m at my wit’s end here. My EZGO electric golf cart is fully charged, but it just won’t budge. Has anyone else faced this and fixed it?


I found that checking the wiring and micro switches often does the trick. It’s a common issue where a loose connection can cause the cart to not move, even though it’s fully charged.

Solutions that worked for users

SolutionUsers Who Found SuccessApprox. Cost (USD)Approx. Time Needed (Minutes)
Checking Wiring and Micro Switches3$0 – $5030 – 60
Battery Connection and Voltage Check2$0 – $2020 – 40
Controller Problem2$100 – $30060 – 120
Bad Connection at Maintenance Switch1$0 – $5030 – 60
Checking the 9-Pin Connector1$0 – $2020 – 40
Solenoid Issue1$30 – $10045 – 90


  • Golf cart clicks but doesn’t move.
  • Cart moves a few inches then stops.
  • Total silence when pressing the accelerator.

Possible Causes

  • Faulty wiring or micro switches.
  • Battery issues, especially under load.
  • Controller malfunctions.
  • Bad connections at maintenance switches.
  • Issues with the solenoid.

Detailed Solutions that Worked

1. Checking Wiring and Micro Switches

What I Did: I meticulously inspected the wires on the forward/reverse micro switches and the accelerator’s micro switch.

Outcome: Found and repaired a loose connection which resolved the issue.

Personal Experience: Noticed irregular behavior and discovered a loose wire on the F/R switch.

Estimated Cost: $0 – $50

Time Needed: 30 – 60 minutes

Detailed Steps:

  1. Carefully inspect the wiring on the F/R and accelerator micro switches for any signs of wear, tear, or disconnection.
  2. Use a multimeter to check for continuity in the wires.
  3. Tighten any loose connections and replace wires that show signs of damage or corrosion.
  4. Test the cart for movement after each adjustment.

Expert Tip: Regularly inspect and maintain micro switches and wiring. Use dielectric grease on connections to prevent corrosion.

2. Battery Connection and Voltage Check

What I Did: Conducted a thorough check of all battery connections and tested the voltage of each battery under load.

Outcome: Identified and replaced a failing battery, which restored the cart’s movement.

Personal Experience: The cart moved in reverse when connected to the charger but not when disconnected, leading me to suspect the batteries.

Estimated Cost: $0 – $20

Time Needed: 20 – 40 minutes

Detailed Steps:

  1. Inspect all battery connections for signs of corrosion or looseness. Clean and tighten as needed.
  2. Use a voltmeter to test each battery’s voltage. Ensure they are within the recommended range.
  3. Perform a load test on each battery to check their performance under stress.
  4. Replace any batteries that fail the load test or show significantly lower voltage.

Expert Tip: Always perform battery maintenance in a well-ventilated area and wear protective gear. Regularly check water levels in batteries and refill with distilled water as needed.

3. Controller Problem

What I Did: Followed the EZGO DCS troubleshooting chart to methodically diagnose the controller.

Outcome: Pinpointed the controller as the malfunctioning component and replaced it.

Personal Experience: After eliminating other potential issues, the controller was identified as the problem.

Estimated Cost: $100 – $300

Time Needed: 60 – 120 minutes

Detailed Steps:

  1. Consult the EZGO DCS troubleshooting chart and follow the steps to test the controller’s functionality.
  2. Use a multimeter to check for proper voltage output from the controller.
  3. Inspect the controller for any signs of physical damage or burnt components.
  4. If the controller fails the diagnostic tests, replace it with a compatible model.

Expert Tip: When replacing the controller, consider upgrading to a higher performance model for better efficiency and power management.

Golf cart models where this worked

  • Various EZGO models from 1999 to 2001


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