Fixing Electric Golf Cart Accelerator Problems: Quick Tips

What should you do if your electric golf cart accelerator is malfunctioning?

In this article, we break down the most common problems you will face below and we’ve got you covered with solutions too.

If you are just looking to prevent accelerator problems scroll to the bottom of the page for our best tips.

What Does a Golf Cart Accelerator Do?

Every time you push down on your accelerator pedal, you send pressure to your golf cart’s speed controller. The controller is connected to many other parts of your vehicle, including the AC motor, the battery, and the DC converter.

If there’s a problem with any of these parts, it can create issues with your accelerator.

To figure out why your cart is moving slowly, stalling, or failing to accelerate, you’ll need to check various parts until you find the issue.

How can you tell if you’re having a problem with your accelerator?

If you’re experiencing stalling or delays when you start your electric cart, or you’ve noticed that the cart is moving very slowly, something is keeping the cart from accelerating properly.

Since your accelerator is connected to so many parts, these problems have many potential causes.

The Most Common Electric Golf Cart Accelerator Problems

Golf cart accelerators can fail for many reasons, but these issues are especially common. Keep an eye out for these issues when you’re troubleshooting your vehicle.

Battery Issues

If your battery is dead, or if the battery cable connection is loose, the battery won’t be able to send power to your golf cart. Use a voltmeter to check your battery’s charge level and give it a charge if necessary.

📢 Need To Know: In some cases, your battery may not hold a charge. If this happens, try disconnecting your current battery and replacing it with a new one.

Debris Around Your Pedals

Over time, dirt, dust, and other types of debris can build up around your cart’s pedals. If there’s too much debris under the pedals, you may not be able to push the accelerator pedal all the way down.

If you feel some resistance when you try to push down on your pedals, there’s a good chance that this is the problem.

You can prevent these issues by cleaning the area around your pedals from time to time.

Damaged Solenoid

Your solenoid is an electrical switch that distributes the electrical flow from your battery to other parts of your golf cart. If you have a faulty solenoid, it could cause acceleration issues and other problems.

When you press down on your accelerator, you should be able to hear your solenoid startup.

If you’re not hearing any noises when you put your foot on the accelerator, your solenoid may have to be replaced.

Faulty Direction Switch

Your direction switch lets your cart know if you’re moving forward, reversing, or staying in neutral. This lets your engine know which direction your wheels need to turn.

If there’s an issue with your direction switch,  your cart may not be able to move in any direction.

Try moving your cart backward and forward to see if your switch is malfunctioning.

Loose or Frayed Wires

When your cart moves, it can knock some of the many wires connected to your battery loose. Over time, these wires can also become loose or frayed.

To check for wire issues, open up the hood of your cart. Tighten the connection on any loose wires, and repair or replace any wires that are visibly damaged.

📢 Need To Know: Employ a mechanic to replace wires if you are not experienced with this work.

Part Failure

There are many working parts on your cart, and if any of these parts fail, it can cause accelerator problems and other issues. Your potentiometer, DC converter, speed controller, belt, and even your accelerator could malfunction or fail.

After doing some basic troubleshooting on your cart, you should take a look at specific parts. Test different parts and look for signs of damage so that you can identify the part that needs to be replaced.

How to Fix a Golf Cart With a Malfunctioning Accelerator

While you may need to bring your cart in for repairs, other problems have an easy fix. Go through these steps to see if you can get your cart running smoothly again.

Check the Battery

Use a voltmeter to test your battery and see if it needs to be charged. Make sure that all the battery cables are properly connected.

Open the Hood

Look for wires that are loose or damaged and tighten any bad connections. If you see any corrosion, you can clean it away with a mixture of baking soda and water.

Clean Your Cart

Give your golf cart a good cleaning, paying close attention to its pedals. Try spraying compressed air inside the pedals to clear away the dust that’s hard to reach.

Take a Test Run

Once you’ve tested your batteries, looked over, and cleaned your cart, test your accelerator to see if you’ve fixed the problem.

If you’re still experiencing issues, it’s best to have the cart professionally serviced.

How to Prevent Electric Golf Cart Accelerator Problems

Electric golf carts require far less maintenance than many other vehicles. There’s no need to replace your air filter, change your oil, or check your fuel filter.

What do you need to worry about?

To keep your cart in good working order, you’ll want to make sure the battery gets the care that it needs.

Cleaning and visually inspecting your cart will also be crucial.

While there’s no way to completely avoid part failure, you can reduce the risk of accelerator issues by properly maintaining your golf cart. Create a maintenance schedule for your cart that includes:

💡 Golfible Tip: Your cart should also be professionally serviced once each year. When you have your cart serviced, professionals may be able to identify and address problems before they keep your cart from running.


Why is my electric golf cart not accelerating?

An electric golf cart may not be accelerating due to battery issues, loose connections, a faulty motor, controller, or solenoid. It’s recommended to have a professional inspect the golf cart’s electrical system to determine the underlying problem.

What causes an electric buggy to accelerate suddenly?

An electric buggy may suddenly accelerate due to a faulty throttle, faulty controller, electrical interference, faulty wiring, or mechanical issues. It’s best to have a professional inspect the buggy to determine the cause.

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Lawrence Smelser has been part of the Golfible writing staff since 2019 and is a freelance golf journalist. Smelser has covered the PGA Tour including the U.S. Masters with He holds a journalism Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and a Master’s journalism degree from the University of North Texas. Learn more about our team at Golfible on our About Us page.

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