My EZGO is not moving after solenoid swap

I have just replaced the solenoid on my EZGO golf cart, thinking it would be a quick fix. But now, the darn thing won’t even budge. I’ve tinkered around but no luck. Has anyone else been through this nightmare? I need my cart running ASAP!


This happened with my ’02 EZGO TXT. It was a sneaky corroded connector causing all the trouble. Once I fixed that, it was like a whole new cart. Check your wiring and connections, sometimes the smallest things cause the biggest problems.

Solutions that Worked for Users:

SolutionUsers Who Found SuccessApprox. Cost (USD)Approx. Time Needed (Minutes)
Corroded Connector Fix1$0 – $10 (if DIY)30 – 60
Pedal Assembly Replacement1$50 – $15060 – 120
Controller Replacement1$200 – $50060 – 180


  • Golf cart remains stationary post-solenoid replacement.
  • No response in forward or reverse modes.
  • Absence of the usual clicking noise from the solenoid.

Possible Causes:

  • Electrical issues like corroded connectors or wiring faults.
  • Mechanical failures, particularly in the pedal assembly.
  • Controller malfunctions or damage.

Detailed Solutions:

  1. Corroded Connector Fix
    • What I Did: Found and repaired a corroded connector on the FNR panel.
    • Outcome: Cart regained mobility.
    • Personal Experience: A simple wiggle revealed the loose, corroded connector. Fixing it was surprisingly easy.
    • Detailed Steps:
      1. Carefully inspect the FNR panel for any signs of corrosion or loose connections.
      2. Use a wire brush or corrosion remover to clean the affected area thoroughly.
      3. If the connector is beyond repair, replace it with a new one. Ensure it’s compatible with your cart model.
      4. Securely reconnect the new or cleaned connector and ensure it’s tightly fitted.
      5. Test the cart by gently pressing the pedal to check for movement.
    • Handy Tips: Regularly inspect your cart’s connectors, especially if you frequently drive in humid or wet conditions. Corrosion can be a silent killer for electrical components.
  2. Pedal Assembly Replacement
    • What I Did: Replaced a malfunctioning pedal assembly.
    • Outcome: Restored cart movement.
    • Personal Experience: The temporary fix by pulling the brake pedal hinted at a deeper issue with the pedal assembly.
    • Detailed Steps:
      1. Identify the faulty pedal assembly. Refer to your cart’s manual for the exact location.
      2. Disconnect the power source to ensure safety during the repair.
      3. Carefully remove the old pedal assembly. Take note of its orientation and connection points for reference.
      4. Install the new pedal assembly, ensuring it aligns correctly with the control system.
      5. Reconnect the power and conduct a test drive to check for proper functionality.
    • Handy Tips: Listen for unusual sounds when pressing the pedal. Squeaks or resistance can indicate the need for maintenance or replacement.
  3. Controller Replacement
    • What I Did: Swapped out a failed controller.
    • Outcome: Cart functioned as expected.
    • Personal Experience: The controller showed clear signs of failure, necessitating a replacement.
    • Detailed Steps:
      1. Locate the controller, typically found under the seat or near the battery compartment.
      2. Inspect the controller for visible damage, burn marks, or corrosion.
      3. Carefully disconnect and remove the faulty controller, keeping track of all connections.
      4. Install the new controller, double-checking all connections for accuracy.
      5. Test the cart extensively to ensure full functionality has been restored.
    • Handy Tips: Use a multimeter to check for abnormal readings in the controller. This can help diagnose issues before they escalate.

Golf Cart Models Where This Worked:

  • 2002 EZGO TXT
  • 2008 EZGO TXT
  • 2016 EZGO RXV


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