How to Fix a Yamaha Golf Cart that Clicks but Won’t Move

Yamaha Golf Cart clicks but won’t move

Why My Yamaha Golf Cart Solenoid Clicks but Won’t Move?

The main cause of a Yamaha golf cart clicking but not moving, is a faulty controller or solenoid.

The battery has to be checked first to see if it’s delivering the right voltage while in the idle state as well as when the pedal is pressed. There can be other reasons for the Yamaha golf cart not moving though you hear the click.


Parts of a Golf Cart that may be  responsible for the clicking noise

You have to check all these components to eliminate the cause one by one:

  • Solenoid
  • Battery
  • Cables
  • Starter/generator
  • Fuses
  • Controller

You should be familiar with what to look for in each of the above while testing and have the appropriate tools. A clear wiring diagram will help in ensuring that the cables are properly reconnected if you remove them for testing.

In the solenoid, for example, the contacts inside can get jammed over a period. These have to be checked, cleaned, and re-fixed. If it still doesn’t work it has to be replaced.


Causes of the Clicking Noise

Experts go about identifying the various reasons for this problem in two stages. This approach tends to save time and effort.

In the first stage, the components that constitute the ’large amp circuit’ are checked one by one. These include the battery, the cables/connections to the battery, the solenoid, and the starter/generator.

In the second stage, the other parts in the circuit like the micros, the key switch, and the fuses are examined to see if anyone of them is causing this situation.


How to Test Yamaha Golf Cart Solenoid

  • First, disconnect the two small wires connecting the solenoid.
  • Take a jumper cable and connect them from the positive and negative posts of the battery pack to the two posts on the solenoid that you just disconnected.
  • If there is a spin, then you should conclude that the starting circuit involving the solenoid is faulty.
  • If the spin occurs doing the same test with a big jumper and on the larger posts on the solenoid, then the solenoid is not functioning.
  • The absence of a spin in this test could mean your Yamaha golf cart’s battery pack is failing.

The controller is one major component that may have to be replaced. A faulty controller can stall the cart and the click you hear must be from the solenoid.

Test the solenoid to see if it is functioning properly. You will require a multimeter, preferably a digital one, or a DVM for this.

  • You must first disconnect the cables connecting the solenoid at the larger posts.
  • Secure the cables so that they don’t touch anything nearby.
  • Set the DVM to the Ohms mode.
  • You must see a zero reading on the meter when the probes touch the terminals on the solenoid.
  • Now turn the cart’s ignition switch toON.
  • Set the F & R switch to Forward.
  • Repeat the test now with the probes and the pedal pressed to the maximum.
  • The reading on the meter should be less than 0.4 Ohms.
  • Any reading higher than this value means that the solenoid needs to be replaced.
  • Check the voltage of the solenoid while buying a new one.

Another possible reason for the failure could be the contact in the foot pedal getting dirty.

To check this, follow the steps given below.

  • The battery should be disconnected.
  • Remove the pedal assembly.
  • Clean the contacts in this assembly.
  • Reassemble the parts.
  • Reconnect the battery.

These steps should solve your problem.


Troubleshooting Tips

You can determine if your Yamaha golf cart’s batteries are in good shape by following these steps:

  • You should have a digital voltmeter (DVM) ready.
  • Place the probes on the positive and negative posts of the battery pack.
  • Press the pedal.
  • Your batteries are not in good shape of there is a fall in voltage by five to eight volts.
  • If you have used a test light, then the indication for you is the glow of the light; when you press the pedal, the light will go off.
  • Replace the batteries. Go for the best brand and rating from experts before buying one.
  • If the results are confusing, you can rock the cart back and forth and try again.
  • You can move the belt a little in its groove and do the test again.
  • The starter bushes can also be the reason for the golf cart not moving.


G2 Yamaha Golf Cart Solenoid Not Clicking

Check the controller if you find that your Yamaha golf cart’s solenoid is not clicking after you have installed a new set of batteries. This can happen and you must first check the controller.

Another reason for issues cropping up immediately after the installation of new batteries could be a connection error.

To detect such errors, you have to check as follows:

  • Take a 6-gauge wire.
  • Jump the two large posts on the solenoid.
  • If the cart runs when you hold the wire on the solenoid posts, then the issue is with the cable connection.
  • You should check this in both the Forward and Reverse position of the F & R switch.
  • You will have to check the cables thoroughly.
  • Tug gently at the joints to check if they have been tightened properly.
  • Check if any wire is getting hot; this happens due to the inside getting short; It won’t show externally.

Check the fuses and the fuse holder as well, to be doubly sure.


G9 Yamaha Golf Cart Solenoid Not Clicking

If you find your G9 Yamaha golf cart not starting nor clicking, check the key components for damage. If you find the parts to in good condition, check the brushes in the starter/generator.

Changing the starter brushes is not a very difficult task. You have to take the starter, dismantle it and clean it with a water jet from your garden hose and dry it with a rag. Once it is all dry you can fit it back with the new brushes. Once you are done with this, spray some WD40.

The brushes don’t cost much either. You should be able to source the complete set of four brushes for $25. While at the starter, check if the belt is tight around it. You can check if the cables connecting the batteries are in good shape.

If you have decided to replace the batteries, then Group 24 battery is recommended for the G9 Yamaha golf carts.

The solenoid can be checked using an old screwdriver to jump the terminals. Your G9 Yamaha golf cart’s key must be in the start position. If the starter turns when you do this, your solenoid needs to be replaced. You must be careful while doing this crude test; there could be sparks when the two terminals touch.

You must test the battery voltage as well. The reading should be above the rating of the battery. A 12 battery should show at least 12.5V. When you crank up the engine you must keep reading the voltage and see if it rises to around 13.5V and above.


G16 Yamaha Golf Cart Solenoid Not Clicking

Checking your golf cart thoroughly is very important when you face issues. A minor thing, like the grounding of the connections, can be the reason for the solenoid not clicking.

The way to check the solenoid is given below.

  • Take a jumper wire.
  • The ignition key must be in the switch and it should be in the Start position.
  • Connect the battery posts to the two posts on the solenoid, either to the positive or negative post.
  • If the cart spins over, then your solenoid is not the issue.
  • If there is no spin, then you must take a closer look at the solenoid and replace it if needed.


The reason why the solenoid is not clicking could be that it is faulty or has no grounding. Experts recommend checking all wiring and cable connections to rule out this possibility.

Batteries on your G16 Yamaha golf carts should raise sufficient power to reach the solenoid and the starter/generator. You need to check the voltage of the battery pack as well as the individual batteries regularly. When fully charged they must give a reading of a slightly higher voltage than rated.


G22 Yamaha Golf Cart Solenoid Not Clicking

You must inspect the controller and the inside of the motor before you can come to any conclusion. A faulty speed sensor can be the reason for this too. You may find your cart running properly once you replace the speed sensor.

The starter brushes can cause the problem of intermittent failure of the cart. Simply replace them and your problem will disappear.


G29 Yamaha Golf Cart Clicks but Won’t Move

In the G29 Yamaha golf cart, the pedal switch could be the issue. You should check it thoroughly.

One quick way to do this is to press the pedal right up to the floor and remove your foot in a quick motion allowing the pedal to spring back to its original position in one stroke. Sometimes, this action can sort out the issue.

There are ways to repair the pedal switch too, though you can choose to replace it. 

Check if the Tow/Run switch is working fine in your G29 Yamaha golf cart. Replace if faulty. The problem could also be with the controller.

Some experts think that faulty batteries are the main reason for G29 Yamaha golf carts not moving when started. With the batteries, there can be multiple issues. Keeping them charged to the full is important.

It’s important to test all the individual batteries and ensure that the connecting battery cables are in good condition.


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