My EZGO golf cart is revving at a high RPM but is so slow!

Recently, my EZGO golf cart has been revving at a high enough RPM but is moving really slow. I need some help fixing this problem.

Response

I’ve encountered the same issue with my EZGO golf cart revving at high RPM but moving at a snail’s pace. After some investigation, I found a few solutions that worked for me and others. One thing that really helped was adjusting the governor. Let’s dive into the details.


Solutions that worked for users

SolutionUsers Who Found SuccessPersonal ExperienceEstimated Cost (USD)Time Needed (Minutes)
Adjust the Governor2Adjusted the governor and it worked$010-15
Check the Drive Belt1Replaced the drive belt and the issue was resolved$20-3020-30

Symptoms

  • Golf cart revs high but moves slowly
  • Inconsistent speed even on flat terrain
  • Sudden drops in speed while the engine still revs high

Possible Causes

  • Governor maladjustment
  • Worn or loose drive belt
  • Clutch issues
  • Carburetor problems

Solutions that Worked

1. Adjust the Governor

What I Did:

Adjusted the governor to allow higher RPMs.

Outcome:

The golf cart started moving at a speed that matched the RPMs.

Personal Experience:

After adjusting the governor, I noticed a significant improvement in speed.

Estimated Cost:

$0

Time Needed:

10-15 minutes

Steps:

  1. Locate the governor, usually near the carburetor.
  2. Loosen the nut on the governor arm with a wrench.
  3. Turn the governor shaft clockwise to increase RPMs or counterclockwise to decrease RPMs.
  4. Tighten the nut back onto the governor arm.
  5. Test the cart by driving it on various terrains to ensure the adjustment is effective.

Expert Tip:

Adjusting the governor can be a quick fix, but make sure not to set it too high as it can put stress on the engine. Always test the cart thoroughly after making adjustments.

Handy Tip:

If you’re not comfortable adjusting the governor yourself, consider taking your cart to a professional to avoid damaging the engine.


2. Check the Drive Belt

What I Did:

Replaced the worn-out drive belt.

Outcome:

The golf cart started moving faster.

Personal Experience:

I replaced the drive belt and the cart’s speed improved.

Estimated Cost:

$20-30

Time Needed:

20-30 minutes

Steps:

  1. Park the golf cart on a flat surface and engage the parking brake.
  2. Open the access panel to the drive belt, usually located under the seat.
  3. Remove the old drive belt by loosening the tensioner.
  4. Install the new drive belt, making sure it sits properly on the pulleys.
  5. Tighten the tensioner to secure the new belt.
  6. Close the access panel and test the cart to see if the issue is resolved.

Expert Tip:

Always opt for a high-quality drive belt as a cheaper one can wear out quickly and you’ll be back to square one.

Handy Tip:

After installing a new belt, it’s a good idea to check its tension and alignment after a few hours of use. Belts often require a break-in period.


Safety info

  • Governor Override: Some advanced users opt for a governor override switch, allowing them to manually control the governor. This is not recommended for everyone and should only be done by those who are familiar with golf cart mechanics.
  • Clutch Tuning Kits: If you’re still experiencing issues after checking the governor and drive belt, consider a clutch tuning kit. These kits can optimize the performance of your clutch, leading to better speed consistency.

Golf cart models where this worked

  • EZGO TXT 1997
  • EZGO Workhorse 2000

Ernie

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