Electric Golf Cart Motor Repair: Common Problems

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Also, when the charge of batteries is running low, electric golf carts are more energy efficient, because they use only a fraction of gas per battery charge. This translates to longer usage over the course of a round, with lower operating costs. However, to fully take advantage of these benefits, it is important to maintain the electric golf cart properly.

First Thing To Address

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The first thing to address when it comes to maintaining an electric golf cart motor is the functional cost of replacement batteries. It may seem like an unnecessary cost, but batteries do degrade over time. The greater the operational cost of the batteries, the greater the need to replace them becomes. Keep in mind that although the motor is most often replaced by the manufacturer, the batteries may also be available from a third party provider. In order to get the most out of your investment, consider replacing the batteries as needed to keep your golf cart running smoothly.

Next, it is important to investigate the battery connections. Usually, a standard battery setup includes a primary (short-circuit) battery and a backup battery. Your vehicle manual should have specific instructions for the proper connection for each individual battery. If your vehicle does not come with a specific battery configuration, contact the vendor and inquire about connections. You can then follow the manufacturer’s installation directions or, if you prefer to perform the installation yourself, use an electric multimeter to identify the correct connections.

Vehicle’s Speed Rating

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The next thing to consider is your vehicle’s speed rating. For electric golf carts that will generally be used on relatively flat terrain, the speed rating is more than adequate. However, for vehicles that will be used on uneven or sloping ground, it is best to use a gasoline engine. Regardless of which engine is used, however, you should always keep the appropriate gasometer reading in mind.

All Of The Necessary Cables Are In Place And Accessible

Finally, you should confirm that all of the necessary cables are in place and accessible. The multimeter can provide you with a visual indication of the status of individual battery cables, as well as the overall status of your vehicle’s battery cables. If any of the cables are damaged, it could be necessary to replace them before proceeding. Similarly, if you are changing out batteries, it is essential to ensure that the correct connectors are available and that they are properly connected.


The last step is the installation of new battery cables and the attachment of the new solenoid. These steps can be completed quickly and easily, without the help of a mechanic. In most cases, it is enough to simply plug the battery cables into the charger and then attach the solenoid to the battery. If the battery cables require additional attention to ensure that they do not pop out of the socket when the power is applied to them, it may be necessary to use wire nuts to secure the connection between the battery cables and the solenoid.

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