My EZGO golf cart has started making this unbearable squealing noise every time I start it up. I’m worried it might be causing damage or could lead to a breakdown. Has anyone else experienced this?
What worked for me was tightening the starter/generator belt.
Solutions that worked for users
|Solution||Users Who Found Success||Approx. Cost (USD)||Approx. Time Needed (Minutes)|
|Tightening the Starter/Generator Belt||2||$0 – $10||15 – 30|
|Applying Moly Grease on Bushings and Bolts||1||$5 – $15||20 – 40|
|Replacing Hubs, Brakes, Oil Seals, and Bearings||1||$50 – $200||60 – 120|
- Squealing noise upon starting the golf cart
- Noise intensifies or changes with speed
- Occurs intermittently or consistently
- Loose or worn starter/generator belt
- Worn out bushings and bolts
- Issues with hubs, brakes, oil seals, and bearings
Solutions that Worked
1. Tightening the Starter/Generator Belt
- What I Did: Checked and tightened the starter/generator belt as it was loose.
- Outcome: The squealing noise stopped.
- Personal Experience: After tightening the belt, the annoying squeal was gone. It’s a simple fix but can make a huge difference.
- Estimated Cost: $0 – $10 (if you need tools)
- Time Needed: 15 – 30 minutes
- Locate the starter/generator belt.
- Check for slack or wear.
- Tighten the belt accordingly.
- Test the cart to see if the noise persists.
- Expert Tip: Regularly check the tension of your starter/generator belt. A loose belt is a common cause of squealing noises in golf carts.
2. Applying Moly Grease on Bushings and Bolts
- What I Did: Replaced worn bushings and applied moly grease on the new bushings and bolts.
- Outcome: The squeaking noise was eliminated.
- Personal Experience: This not only got rid of the noise but also improved the overall smoothness of the ride.
- Estimated Cost: $5 – $15 for moly grease
- Time Needed: 20 – 40 minutes
- Identify and replace worn bushings.
- Apply moly grease to new bushings and bolts.
- Reassemble and test for noise.
- Expert Tip: Using a high-quality lubricant like moly grease can significantly reduce friction and noise in moving parts.
3. Replacing Hubs, Brakes, Oil Seals, and Bearings
- What I Did: Overhauled the hubs, brakes, oil seals, and bearings.
- Outcome: The squeaking noise stopped, and the cart ran smoother.
- Personal Experience: This was a more involved fix but addressed the root cause of the noise.
- Estimated Cost: $50 – $200, depending on parts
- Time Needed: 60 – 120 minutes
- Remove and inspect the hubs, brakes, oil seals, and bearings.
- Replace any worn or damaged parts.
- Reassemble and test the cart.
- Expert Tip: Regular maintenance and inspection of these components can prevent noise issues and prolong the life of your golf cart.