My Yamaha G29 golf cart won’t start (I have tried Everything)

My Yamaha G29 golf cart refuses to start. It’s been my go-to for years, but now, turning the key does nothing. If anyone has had this issue before please help me.


I feel your pain, had a similar nightmare with my G29. A simple thing like checking and cleaning the battery connections fixed this in my situation.

Solutions that worked for users

SolutionUsers Who Found SuccessApprox. Cost (USD)Approx. Time Needed (Minutes)
Check and Clean Battery Connections5015-20
Replace Spark Plugs310-2030-40
Check Fuel Lines and Filters25-1520-30
Inspect and Replace Solenoid130-5045-60


  • Golf cart won’t start or turn over
  • No response when turning the key
  • Occasional clicking but no engine start

Possible Causes

  • Dirty or loose battery connections
  • Faulty or worn-out spark plugs
  • Clogged fuel lines or filters
  • Malfunctioning solenoid

Detailed Solutions and Tips

  1. Check and Clean Battery Connections
    • Detailed Steps:
      1. Open the battery compartment and remove any debris.
      2. Inspect each terminal for corrosion or looseness.
      3. Use a wire brush to clean any corrosion gently.
      4. Tighten all connections securely, using a wrench if necessary.
      5. Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to prevent future corrosion.
    • Outcome: The cart started up without any issues.
    • Handy Tips: Always wear protective gloves to avoid acid burns from the battery.
    • Estimated Cost: $0
    • Time Needed: 15-20 minutes
  2. Replace Spark Plugs
    • Detailed Steps:
      1. Locate and carefully remove the old spark plugs using a spark plug socket.
      2. Check the gap on new spark plugs using a gap tool.
      3. Install new spark plugs, screwing them in by hand at first to avoid cross-threading.
      4. Tighten the spark plugs to the manufacturer’s specifications.
    • Outcome: Improved ignition and the cart started smoothly.
    • Handy Tips: Replace spark plugs one at a time to avoid mixing up the wiring.
    • Estimated Cost: $10-20
    • Time Needed: 30-40 minutes
  3. Check Fuel Lines and Filters
    • Detailed Steps:
      1. Trace the fuel lines from the tank to the engine, checking for any cracks or leaks.
      2. Examine the fuel filter for blockages or dirt.
      3. If necessary, replace the filter with a new one, ensuring it’s properly fitted.
      4. Reconnect everything securely and check for leaks.
    • Outcome: The fuel flow improved, and the cart started.
    • Handy Tips: Use a flashlight to inspect hard-to-see areas for leaks.
    • Estimated Cost: $5-15
    • Time Needed: 20-30 minutes
  4. Inspect and Replace Solenoid
    • Detailed Steps:
      1. Locate the solenoid and disconnect the battery.
      2. Use a multimeter to test the solenoid for continuity.
      3. If faulty, remove the solenoid by disconnecting all wires.
      4. Install a new solenoid, reconnecting the wires as they were.
      5. Reconnect the battery and test the cart.
    • Outcome: The electrical connection was restored, and the cart started.
    • Handy Tips: Label wires before disconnecting for easy reassembly.
    • Estimated Cost: $30-50
    • Time Needed: 45-60 minutes


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