My ezgo TXT has very low power moving forward

Hey fellow golf cart people, I own an EZGO TXT, and it’s been acting up lately. It runs just fine on flat ground, but the moment I hit a hill, it’s like it hits a wall and loses all power. I’m stumped and could really use some advice. Has anyone else dealt with something like this?


I had a similar issue with my older EZGO TXT. It turned out to be the motor. Once I replaced it with the correct model, my cart was climbing hills like a champ. It might be worth checking if your motor is compatible with your cart.

Solutions that Worked for Users

SolutionUsers Who Found SuccessApprox. Cost (USD)Approx. Time Needed (Minutes)
Replace Motor1$200 – $40060 – 120
Adjust Governor (Gas Carts)1$0 – $2030 – 60
Controller Replacement1$200 – $50060 – 120


  • The golf cart runs well on flat surfaces but loses power on inclines.
  • Slow or sluggish behavior, particularly when trying to accelerate uphill.

Possible Causes

  • Incorrect or failing motor.
  • Governor issues in gas-powered carts.
  • Controller problems affecting power delivery.

Solutions that Worked

1. Replace Motor

  • What I Did: Replaced the motor with a model specific to my EZGO TXT.
  • Outcome: The cart regained power and performed well on inclines.
  • Personal Experience: The new motor made a huge difference. Hills that were once a struggle became easy to climb.
  • Steps:
    1. Identify the correct motor model for your EZGO TXT.
    2. Disconnect the power source for safety.
    3. Remove the old motor, taking note of all connections.
    4. Install the new motor, ensuring all connections are secure.
    5. Test the cart on various terrains to confirm improved performance.
  • Expert Tip: Verify the motor’s compatibility with your model. Using the wrong motor can lead to power issues and potentially damage your cart.

2. Adjust Governor (For Gas Carts)

  • What I Did: Made a slight adjustment to the governor.
  • Outcome: Improved power delivery, especially noticeable on inclines.
  • Personal Experience: A minor tweak to the governor significantly enhanced the cart’s performance.
  • Steps:
    1. Locate the governor, typically near the engine.
    2. Adjust the governor settings incrementally.
    3. Test the cart for power improvement.
    4. Re-adjust as necessary for optimal performance.
  • Expert Tip: Over-adjusting the governor can strain the engine. Monitor engine performance and noise post-adjustment.
  • Handy Tip: If you’re not comfortable adjusting the governor yourself, consider seeking help from a professional.

3. Controller Replacement

  • What I Did: Installed a new controller.
  • Outcome: Resolved low-speed power issues.
  • Personal Experience: The new controller restored the cart’s responsiveness and power.
  • Steps:
    1. Determine the appropriate controller for your EZGO TXT.
    2. Disconnect the old controller, noting all connections.
    3. Install the new controller, ensuring correct and secure connections.
    4. Test the cart at various speeds and conditions.
  • Expert Tip: Regularly inspect the controller for signs of wear or damage.
  • Handy Tip: Use a multimeter to check for abnormal readings in the electrical system, which can indicate controller issues.

Golf Cart Models Where This Worked

  • Various years of EZGO TXT models, particularly older ones.


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