My EZGO Golf Cart with Danaher Controller Just Won’t Move! What Do I Do?

I’ve got a 2009 EZGO RXV with a Danaher controller, and it’s just sitting there like a paperweight. It won’t budge an inch! I’m desperate for some solutions, thanks.


I totally get it; I was in the same boat with my 2012.5 RXV. After a lot of trial and error, I found that swapping out the Danaher controller for a Navitas one was the game-changer.

Solutions that worked for users

SolutionUsers Who Found SuccessPersonal ExperienceEstimated Cost (USD)Time Needed (Minutes)
Replace the Controller2Swapped it for a Navitas controller$300-$50060-120
Replace Accelerator Sensor1Changed the sensor, cart moved$50-$10030-60


  • Cart refuses to move
  • Motor emits a strange rumbling noise
  • Controller displays cryptic fault codes

Possible Causes

  • Malfunctioning controller
  • Defective accelerator sensor
  • Voltage inconsistencies

Solutions that Worked

1. Replace the Controller

What I Did:

Swapped out the old Danaher controller for a new Navitas controller.


The cart was back in action and even seemed to have a bit more pep.

Personal Experience:

After the swap, my cart felt like it had a new lease on life. It even seemed to go a bit faster.

Estimated Cost:


Time Needed:

60-120 minutes


  1. Safety First: Disconnect the battery to prevent any electrical mishaps.
  2. Locate the Controller: Find the controller, usually located under the seat or the rear body.
  3. Unplug Wires: Carefully unplug all the wires connected to the old controller.
  4. Remove Old Controller: Unscrew and remove the old controller from its mounting.
  5. Install New Controller: Place the new Navitas controller in the same spot and screw it in.
  6. Reconnect Wires: Plug all the wires back into the new controller.
  7. Test: Reconnect the battery and give the cart a test run.

Expert Tip:

Before shelling out for a new controller, double-check other components like the brake and accelerator sensor. A diagnostic tool can be invaluable here. Also, make sure to take pictures of the wire connections before unplugging them; it will make reassembly much easier.

2. Replace Accelerator Sensor

What I Did:

Changed out the faulty accelerator sensor.


The cart was back on the move.

Personal Experience:

I was almost convinced it was a controller issue, but a new accelerator sensor was the real fix.

Estimated Cost:


Time Needed:

30-60 minutes


  1. Disconnect Battery: Always start by disconnecting the battery.
  2. Locate the Sensor: The accelerator sensor is usually near the pedal assembly.
  3. Unplug Old Sensor: Unplug the sensor from its connector.
  4. Remove Old Sensor: Unscrew and remove the old sensor.
  5. Install New Sensor: Screw in the new sensor and plug it back into the connector.
  6. Test: Reconnect the battery and test the cart to ensure the issue is resolved.

Expert Tip:

Before replacing the sensor, try cleaning the connector with some electrical contact cleaner. Sometimes, a poor connection can mimic a faulty sensor. Also, some sensors need to be calibrated after installation, so check your cart’s manual for details.

Cart Models Where This Worked

  • 2009 EZGO RXV with Danaher Controller
  • 2012.5 RXV with Danaher Controller
  • 2013 RXV with Curtis Controller

Handy Tips

  • Photograph Connections: Before disconnecting any wires, take photos to help with reassembly.
  • Check for Updates: Some controllers may require a firmware update. Check the manufacturer’s website for details.
  • Use a Diagnostic Tool: These can help pinpoint issues without the need for guesswork.


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