How to Fix a Golf Cart that Stalls/Hesitates when Accelerating

Golf cart stalls and hesitates

What causes a golf cart to stall?

The most common reason why your golf cart is stalling is due to a bad solenoid or a faulty speed controller. 

  • Batteries have lost charge
  • Faulty ignition
  • Problem with the direction switch 
  • Faulty speed controller
  • Bad solenoid

The solenoid wears out every time the gas pedal is pressed down. The solenoid gets pressed down to a thin plate.

After repeated use of the cart and pressing down of the gas pedal, the pressure creates small electric arcs on the thin plate. This restricts the current from flowing. 


Why does my electric golf cart stall?

The main reasons why your golf cart is stalling are:

  • Problem with the ignition
  • Misbehaving direction switch 
  • Bad batteries
  • Faulty speed controller
  • Worn-out solenoid 


Make sure you provide enough voltage to the batteries. If you change the battery, change the charger as well; otherwise, the battery will keep running down. 

If your cart seems to run fine for a few feet, and then it stutters, it is most likely the batteries. 

If it is not the battery, then check if it is the speed controller or the resistor. If it is the controller, then you will need a replacement. Otherwise, upgrading the resistor can also solve the problem. 


How to fix a golf cart stalling on a hill

The first thing you need to check is the brake hub. It might be spinning out. The brake bub will spin out when there is too much load to prevent any damage to the rear axles, causing the golf cart to stall on hills.

  1. Remove the covers from the rear wheel.
  2. Notice the castle nuts that are holding the hub to the axles. 
  3. Apply the brakes. 
  4. Push the throttle and ask someone to keep an eye on the rear wheels, although don’t push it for long, or you might burn something out. 
  5. Notice the castle nuts; if either of them spins, then that indicates that the splines are stripped. 
  6. In case of an open differential, only one stripped hub can disable the cart. 
  7. Replace the hubs.


Why do golf carts stall when accelerated?

If a golf cart runs in reverse, but stalls when running forward and accelerating, this indicates a faulty f/r switch. 

  • Measure the battery voltages to check if they’re working fine. 
  • Check if the positive wire is in place. The positive wire is very often placed to the wrong battery from the charger receptacle. 
  • Ensure that the wire is connected to pack positive. If not, the battery won’t charge and eventually fail because of the high current demand. 
  • Check for a bad connection. They are the main cause of stalling. 
  • The battery nuts should be tightened. 


If there is a problem with the battery, it can be:

  • A Bad cell 
  • Weak batteries
  • Bad connection between the batteries

If there are loose connections, it will cause heating in the battery. To check, you can drive your cart for a while and feel the temperature in the cables and connections. 

If there is no heating, then check the individual voltages. If the voltage reflects below, then provide enough voltage for proper charging.


How to fix a golf cart that stalls when hot

First, you need to find the reason behind the heating. 

It can be because of loose cable ends in the battery.

You can easily check that. Run your cart for a few feet and feel the temperature. The same loose ends can also cause the cart to stall. Check every connection inside the battery for proper connection. 

The other reason could be because of leakage. Check for any leakage around the rubber fuel lines. If the fuel leaks and sits, then it causes rust. This rust causes the cart to stall. 


You can check for any leaks by following these steps:

  1. Crank up the golf cart and check every seal for leakage.
  2. You can also spray wd40 at the clutch to find leaks. 

When the cart becomes hot, the voltage also drops. So, make sure you provide enough voltage to the batteries so the cart can run. 


Why EZGO Gas golf cart hesitates when accelerating

The main reason why an EZGO Gas golf cart hesitates while accelerating, is because of a dirty carburetor.

  • A dirty carburetor causes this hesitation. Regular cleaning can prevent this problem. 
  • Check the rubber boot and clean if you spot any dirt. 
  • In case it has worn out too much, you can replace the carburetor. 
  • If the carburetor is clean and is working fine, then you should check the throttle cable. 
  • The throttle cable should be placed in the correct position. If it is not, then it causes problems. 


Why EZGO TXT/RXV golf cart hesitates when accelerating

The speed controller often misbehaves, which causes this problem. 

The speed controller manages the speed of the cart. When this function starts showing the problem, the cart starts to act up and stall. 

  1. Routine inspection can prevent stalling. 
  2. Replace the contact plate near the solenoid. 
  3. The more you use the cart, the more you should replace it to prevent it from stalling. 
  4. The speed controller gets damaged either due to overuse or lack of use. Replace the speed controller, and that will solve the problem. 
  5. The speed controller is located very close to the solenoid, so it is usually advised to replace the plate and the controller at the same time. 


EZGO RXV hesitation problems

Hesitation problems in EZGO RXV may occur because of these:

  • Bad battery
  • Battery not fully charged
  • Low voltage 
  • Faulty controller
  • A problem in the battery pack

In most cases, the hesitation problem occurs due to bad batteries. If you have bought new batteries for your EZGO RXV, make sure to fully charge them before the first use. 

Batteries should then be charged after every use. To keep the batteries in check, get a Digital MultiMeter to measure the individual voltage. 

The voltage plays an important role, and in the case of low voltage, the controller can also shut off. 

After you have checked the batteries, make sure all the connections are tight, and there are no loose ends. Check whether the controller needs a replacement. 

After the controller, the last thing to check is the battery pack. It is the heart of the entire system, so the battery pack needs to be working fine.


EZGO RXV stalling problems

Too much load on the EZGO RXV can cause a stalling problem, especially when going uphill. The voltage can drop because of the heavy load, and that’s why the cart starts to stall. 

Check the batteries first. If they are new, make sure they are charged fully, and if they are old, you may want to get new ones. Check every battery individually. If even one battery goes bad, the cart will start to stall. 

Next, check the controller and the motor. In most cases, they work just fine, and the problem turns out to be the underload voltages. 

  1. Open the pedal box of your EZGO RXV.
  2. Super clean the area.
  3. Golf tees, grass, and other items tend to collect there. 
  4. Ensure nothing is causing an obstacle, like floor mats. 


EZGO Marathon stalling problems

How to fix EZGO Marathon stalling problems:

  • Check for leaks in the rubber fuel lines.
  • Monitor the battery voltage. 
  • Notice the heat around the coil.

Check for leaks in the rubber fuel lines. If they sit for some time, they cause rust. If you spot any rust, you’ll have to replace it. 

  1. Crank up your EZGO Marathon.
  2. Check the crank seals to find any leaks. 
  3. Spray wd40 behind the flywheel and the clutch to find any leaks. 

Check the voltage of the battery when it dies. If you have a failed voltage regulator, it can overheat the coil and push it above 16V. 

Feel the coil in case of any overheating. If the coil is heating up, then it is probably because of loose connections. Check the connections on the battery and ensure they are tight. 


Club Car DS hesitates when accelerating

The most common problems that cause hesitation in the club car DS are:

  • Bad batteries
  • Loss of charge or incomplete charging 
  • Poor solenoid
  • Problem with the ignition or the ignitor
  • Problem with the direction switch 
  • Bad speed controller

These are the target areas that you should inspect when your club car DS hesitates on acceleration. 

Make sure the carburetor is clean. Check every connection in the battery. Loose ends can often cause trouble. Loose ends also come with rust. Ensure that there is no rust deposition.


Club car precedent hesitates when accelerating

Start with the basics and check these to find out why your club car is hesitating when accelerated:

  • Test the batteries with a digital meter. 
  • Check all the cables in case of any poor connection.
  • Check for corrosion. 
  • Bad cells-A single bad cell can also cause this problem. 
  • Notice the speed sensor located at the end of the motor. 

The causes mentioned above are the only factors that can cause hesitation when accelerating your cart. If the batteries are bad, you can replace them.

Any loose connections should be tightened.

If there is corrosion, you can try to clean it, but it is located in critical spots, you can replace the wire. The bad cell will also need a replacement. 

But how do you check if the sensor has gone bad? Follow these steps to find out if the sensor is working fine or not:

  1. Switch the cart to the Run position and push it. 
  2. Under normal circumstances, the speed sensor will sense that the cart is rolling, and the cart will try to slow itself down, and you will hear a “BEEP, BEEP.” 
  3. If you don’t hear that sound, then the sensor is not working.


Yamaha G1 golf cart stall troubleshooting

Usually, it is two things that cause stalling in your Yamaha G1 golf cart:

  1. A dirty or oily carburetor-check the rubber boot in the cylinder for any dirt formation. 
  2. Take the carburetor out and clean it using a carburetor spray. 
  3. Clean the inside boot. 
  4. Replace the carburetor if it turns rubber because the throttle pushes it. 


Once you have checked the carburetor, and then check the throttle cable:

  1. The throttle cable should not be adjusted way up to the linkage. 
  2. After pressing the pedal for about 1 inch, the carburetor should start to open, and then the cart will move. 
  3. By moving the throttle cable above, people try to make the cart start faster, but it goes in vain. 
  4. Ensure that the cable is in the right position for proper functioning. 


Yamaha G2 golf cart stall troubleshooting

If your Yamaha G2 runs for a few seconds and then starts to die, then the problem is either with the ignitor or the ignition coil. 

You can use timing lights to check for any loss of spark. It is easy to use the timing light, so just follow these steps:

  1. Flash the light; it doesn’t have to point at anything.
  2. Put the Yamaha G2 golf cart on neutral. 
  3. Hit the gas.
  4. Find the trigger and squeeze it on the timing light.
  5. The engine will start. 
  6. The timing should remain steady; every time the engine stalls, the flash will become irregular.
  7. If the flash stops altogether, then that means that you are losing the spark. 
  8. If the flash remains constant and regular, then the problem might be with the fuel. 

Ignition and the ignitor both tend to fail if they get hot. So, they don’t work for a few minutes or even seconds, but once they cool down a bit, they work well again. 


G9 Yamaha golf cart hesitates

Yamaha G9 golf carts can stall due to a bad solenoid. The bad solenoid is often caused by a loose or damaged connection.

Ensure there is no corrosion on the ends of the wires. Check the battery’s cables, the plug connectors, starter generator, and connections in the solenoid. 

In the case of rust, it is important to clean the places properly. If it cannot be cleaned, you must replace the wires. 

A worn-out solenoid can often cause issues. Overuse can cause damage, which leads to hesitation. The more you use your golf cart, the more frequently you should replace the solenoid and the plate. 


Yamaha g16 stall troubleshooting

To begin with, check all these measures:

  • Check for corrosion; if you find any, make sure to clean the areas if possible or replace them. 
  • Check every cable connection in the battery. Make sure there are no loose ends. 
  • Test every battery individually for low voltage.
  • Check every cell. Even a single bad cell can cause a problem. 
  • Check if the speed sensor is working properly or not. 
  • Check the speed controller.


The speed controller controls the speed of the cart. 

  1. Complete a routine inspection of the cart and check for corrosion and prevent stalling.
  2. Check the contact plate near the solenoid. If the contact plate has worn out, then it is advised to replace it. 


G29 Yamaha golf cart hesitates

The throttle cable could be at fault. Make sure it is in the right position. Make sure it is not pushed way up, which causes the Yamaha G29 to hesitate. 

The throttle cable at the carburetor will only move before the engine cranks. The throttle cable also moves only when the pedal is pressed to 1 inch and not before that. 

By moving the throttle cable above, the cart won’t start faster; instead, it will only cause hesitation. For proper functioning, make sure the throttle cable is in place. 


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