I have a Yamaha Drive2 golf cart that is struggling with hills like never before. It’s losing power on inclines Has anyone faced and fixed this issue before?
I would try removing the spark arrestor from the exhaust. This can improve your Yamaha Drive2 golf cart when moving uphill.
Solutions that worked for users
|Solution||Users Who Found Success||Approx. Cost (USD)||Approx. Time Needed (Minutes)|
|Removing the Spark Arrestor||2||$0||30|
|Clutch Adjustment||1||$50 – $100||60 – 120|
|Motor Brush and Spring Replacement||1||$20 – $40||45 – 90|
- Loss of power on inclines
- Cart slows down or stops on hills
- Jerky movements or stalling
- Clogged spark arrestor
- Clutch not downshifting properly
- Worn motor brushes or weak springs
Detailed Solutions and Steps
- Removing the Spark Arrestor
- What I Did: Removed the spark arrestor from the exhaust system.
- Outcome: Enhanced engine performance, especially on inclines.
- Personal Experience: Post-removal, the cart tackled hills with ease.
- Detailed Steps:
- Locate the exhaust system and identify the spark arrestor.
- Use appropriate tools (usually a wrench and screwdriver) to carefully remove the arrestor.
- Inspect the arrestor for clogging or damage. Clean if necessary.
- Reassemble the exhaust system without the arrestor.
- Expert Tip: Regularly inspect the exhaust system for signs of clogging or damage. A clean and well-maintained exhaust can significantly improve performance.
- Handy Tip: Keep the removed spark arrestor in case you need to reinstall it for environmental regulations.
- Estimated Cost: $0
- Time Needed: 30 minutes
- Clutch Adjustment
- What I Did: Fine-tuned the secondary clutch for better performance.
- Outcome: Improved power retention on uphill climbs.
- Personal Experience: The cart’s response to hills improved noticeably.
- Detailed Steps:
- Safely elevate the cart to access the underside.
- Locate the secondary clutch and inspect for wear or damage.
- Adjust the tension on the clutch spring using a clutch compression tool.
- If necessary, replace the spring or the entire clutch.
- Test drive the cart to ensure the adjustment is effective.
- Expert Tip: Regularly check the clutch for signs of wear. Early detection can prevent more serious issues.
- Handy Tip: Consider upgrading to a high-performance clutch for even better hill climbing.
- Estimated Cost: $50 – $100
- Time Needed: 60 – 120 minutes
- Motor Brush and Spring Replacement
- What I Did: Replaced old motor brushes and springs.
- Outcome: Smoothed out performance and resolved stalling.
- Personal Experience: The cart ran more reliably after this fix.
- Detailed Steps:
- Disconnect the cart’s power source for safety.
- Open the motor housing to access the brushes and springs.
- Carefully remove the old brushes and springs, noting their orientation.
- Install new brushes and springs, ensuring they are properly seated.
- Reassemble the motor and reconnect the power.
- Test the cart for improved performance.
- Expert Tip: Keep an eye on the motor’s health. Regular maintenance can extend its life and improve efficiency.
- Handy Tip: When replacing parts, consider upgrading to higher-quality components for better longevity and performance.
- Estimated Cost: $20 – $40
- Time Needed: 45 – 90 minutes
- Battery Check: Ensure your cart’s batteries are in good condition. Weak batteries can significantly affect performance, especially on inclines.
- Tire Pressure: Regularly check tire pressure. Under-inflated tires make the cart work harder, especially uphill.
- Fuel Quality: If your cart is gas-powered, use high-quality fuel. Poor fuel quality can lead to engine issues and reduced power.