The solenoid on my EZGO is not clicking when accelerator is pressed

I’m in need of some advice here! My trusty EZGO golf cart has suddenly stopped starting. There’s no sound from the solenoid when I press the accelerator, and I’m at a loss. It’s crucial for my daily rounds on the course. Has anyone faced and fixed this issue?

My EZGO TXT solenoid wasn’t clicking too, but thankfully I fixed it by replacing the battery pack.

Solutions that worked for users

SolutionUsers Who Found SuccessApprox. Cost (USD)Time Needed (Minutes)
Battery Pack Voltage Check3$010-15
Individual Battery Testing2$015-20
Full Battery Pack Replacement2$600-$80060-120
Solenoid Testing4$010-15
Controller Testing3$020-30


  • Golf cart won’t start.
  • No clicking sound from the solenoid when the accelerator is pressed.
  • Intermittent issues with cart movement.

Possible Causes

  • Low or uneven battery voltage.
  • Faulty individual batteries.
  • Worn out battery pack.
  • Solenoid failure.
  • Controller issues.

Detailed Solutions and Steps

  1. Battery Pack Voltage Check
    • What I Did: Checked the overall voltage of the battery pack.
    • Outcome: Identified if the battery pack had sufficient voltage to start the cart.
    • Personal Experience: Found that a voltage below 36V often led to starting issues.
    • Estimated Cost: $0
    • Time Needed: 10-15 minutes
    • Detailed Steps:
      1. Locate the battery pack under the seat or the front hood.
      2. Using a multimeter, set it to the DC voltage setting.
      3. Place the multimeter leads on the positive and negative terminals of the battery pack.
      4. Read the voltage; it should be between 36V to 38V for a standard EZGO cart.
    • Expert Tip: Ensure the multimeter is calibrated and the battery terminals are clean for an accurate reading.
  2. Individual Battery Testing
    • What I Did: Tested each battery in the pack individually.
    • Outcome: Identified any faulty batteries causing the issue.
    • Personal Experience: Replacing a single faulty battery temporarily resolved the issue.
    • Estimated Cost: $0 (for testing)
    • Time Needed: 15-20 minutes
    • Detailed Steps:
      1. Disconnect each battery.
      2. Test each battery individually with the multimeter set to DC voltage.
      3. Note the voltage of each battery; any reading significantly lower than 6V (for a 36V system) indicates a problem.
    • Expert Tip: Mark each battery as you test to keep track. Consider a load test for more accurate results.
  3. Full Battery Pack Replacement
    • What I Did: Replaced the entire battery pack.
    • Outcome: Resolved issues caused by multiple failing batteries.
    • Personal Experience: More cost-effective in the long run than replacing individual batteries.
    • Estimated Cost: $600-$800
    • Time Needed: 60-120 minutes
    • Detailed Steps:
      1. Remove the seat or front hood to access the battery compartment.
      2. Disconnect and remove all old batteries.
      3. Clean the battery tray and check for any corrosion.
      4. Install new batteries, ensuring correct orientation and tight connections.
      5. Test the cart to ensure proper operation.
    • Expert Tip: Apply anti-corrosion gel on the terminals to extend battery life.
  4. Solenoid Testing
    • What I Did: Tested the solenoid for proper operation.
    • Outcome: Determined if the solenoid was functioning correctly.
    • Personal Experience: A non-clicking solenoid often indicates a failure.
    • Estimated Cost: $0
    • Time Needed: 10-15 minutes
    • Detailed Steps:
      1. Locate the solenoid; it’s usually near the battery pack.
      2. Use a multimeter to test for voltage at the solenoid’s input and output terminals.
      3. Listen for a clicking sound when the accelerator is pressed.
      4. If there’s no click or voltage change, the solenoid may need replacement.
    • Expert Tip: Check the solenoid’s connections and wires for any signs of wear or corrosion.
  5. Controller Testing
    • What I Did: Tested the controller’s input and output voltage.
    • Outcome: Identified if the controller was faulty.
    • Personal Experience: A controller not outputting the correct voltage can prevent the cart from starting.
    • Estimated Cost: $0
    • Time Needed: 20-30 minutes
    • Detailed Steps:
      1. Locate the controller; it’s usually under the seat or dashboard.
      2. Disconnect the negative battery cable before removing the controller cover.
      3. Use a multimeter to test the voltage at the controller’s input and output terminals.
      4. Compare the readings to the expected values for your model.
    • Expert Tip: If you’re not comfortable working with electrical components, consider seeking professional help.

Extra tips

  • Battery Maintenance: Regular maintenance, like checking water levels and cleaning terminals, can prevent many starting issues.
  • Solenoid Coil Resistance Check: Besides voltage testing, checking the solenoid coil’s resistance can also indicate its health.
  • Controller Error Codes: Some advanced controllers have diagnostic LEDs or error codes that can pinpoint issues.

Golf cart models where this worked

  • Various EZGO golf cart models, including TXT and Marathon.


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