My golf cart starter belt is loose and slipping

Is anyone else struggling with their golf cart’s starter belt constantly slipping off? I’ve tried a few fixes, but nothing seems to stick. It’s really messing with my cart’s performance and my patience.


What fixed this for me was replacing the old belt with one that was the correct size and type for my golf cart model.

Solutions that Worked for Users

SolutionUsers Who Found SuccessApprox. Cost (USD)Approx. Time Needed (Minutes)
Correct Belt Size and Type2$20 – $5030 – 60
Clutch Rebuild Kits1$100 – $20060 – 120
Cleaning and Inspecting Clutches1$0 – $2030 – 60


  • Persistent slipping of the golf cart starter belt.
  • Decreased efficiency and power in the golf cart.
  • Audible noises indicating belt distress.

Possible Causes

  • Using an incorrect or worn-out belt.
  • Clutch components in need of repair or replacement.
  • Accumulation of dirt and debris in clutch areas.

Detailed Solutions and Steps

1. Correct Belt Size and Type

What I Did:
Replaced the old belt with one that was the correct size and type for my golf cart model.

The new belt fit perfectly, eliminating the slipping issue and improving cart performance.

Personal Experience:
It took some trial and error, but finding the right belt was key. The difference was night and day.

Estimated Cost:
$20 – $50

Time Needed:
30 – 60 minutes

Detailed Steps:

  1. Identify the Correct Belt: Research your golf cart model to find the specific belt size and type it requires. This information can often be found in the user manual or through a quick online search.
  2. Purchase the Right Belt: Buy the belt from a reputable dealer or online store. Ensure it matches the specifications for your model.
  3. Remove the Old Belt: Carefully remove the old belt from the pulleys. You may need to loosen some components to free the belt.
  4. Install the New Belt: Place the new belt onto the pulleys. Make sure it sits evenly and is properly aligned.
  5. Adjust Tension: Adjust the tension to ensure the belt is neither too tight nor too loose. A properly tensioned belt should have about a half-inch of play.
  6. Test the Cart: Start the golf cart and check for any slipping or unusual noises. If the belt is correctly installed, the cart should run smoothly.

Expert Tip:
Always double-check the belt’s alignment and tension after a few days of use. A new belt can stretch slightly, requiring a minor adjustment.

2. Clutch Rebuild Kits

What I Did:
Installed a clutch rebuild kit, including new springs and a heavy-duty belt.

The new components provided a better grip and resolved the slipping issue.

Personal Experience:
The rebuild was a bit challenging but well worth the effort for the improved performance.

Estimated Cost:
$100 – $200

Time Needed:
60 – 120 minutes

Detailed Steps:

  1. Select the Right Kit: Choose a clutch rebuild kit that is compatible with your golf cart model. These kits typically include springs and a belt.
  2. Disassemble the Clutch: Carefully disassemble the clutch components. Take photos or notes to remember how to reassemble them.
  3. Replace Springs and Belt: Install the new springs and belt as per the instructions in the kit.
  4. Reassemble the Clutch: Put the clutch back together, ensuring all parts are secure and properly aligned.
  5. Test the Cart: Run the golf cart to check if the slipping issue has been resolved. Listen for any unusual sounds that might indicate incorrect installation.

Expert Tip:
Use a torque wrench when reassembling the clutch to ensure all bolts are tightened to the manufacturer’s specifications.

3. Cleaning and Inspecting Clutches

What I Did:
Thoroughly cleaned and inspected the clutches for any signs of damage or wear.

Cleaning revealed hidden issues, leading to a more effective and lasting fix.

Personal Experience:
The cleaning process was simple and revealed a small crack I hadn’t noticed before.

Estimated Cost:
$0 – $20

Time Needed:
30 – 60 minutes

Detailed Steps:

  1. Remove Clutches: Carefully remove the drive and driven clutches from the golf cart.
  2. Clean Thoroughly: Use a degreaser and a brush to clean all parts of the clutches. Remove any dirt, grime, or debris.
  3. Inspect for Damage: Look for any signs of wear, cracks, or damage on the clutch components.
  4. Replace if Necessary: If you find damaged parts, replace them with new ones.
  5. Reassemble and Test: Put the clutches back together and test the golf cart. Listen for any unusual sounds and ensure the belt is not slipping.

Expert Tip:
Regular cleaning and inspection of the clutches can prevent many issues and extend the life of your golf cart.

Golf Cart Models Where This Worked

  • 1999 EZGO Workhorse (350 Robin)
  • 2000 Club Car DS
  • 2004 Club Car DS
  • 2006 Club Car DS FE290


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