How to Remove a Golf Cart Motor

by Marlon Trotsky

Motorized golf carts were first popularized in the 1940s. Back then, they were mostly used by people with disabilities, though these days they show up everywhere on the course. Most golf cart motors are powered by electricity or gas and can reach speeds of 15 to 20 mph. The cart's motor needs occasional maintenance, which in most cases will require you to remove the motor.

Park the cart on stable, level ground and remove the paneling covering the motor. Note the position of these panels, as you will have to replace them later. With some models you may have to remove other parts of the cart (i.e. the roof, seats or floor mats) before you can get to the engine. Disconnect the negative battery cable using a wrench.

Remove the various bolts and clamps securing the motor in place and disconnect any other components and wiring. Set the fasteners aside for now.

Drain the oil, coolant and fuel from the motor into separate containers.

Lift the motor out of the well with the help of a partner. Wipe dirt and debris from the motor mounts with a cloth soaked in a mixture of water and baking soda. Perform repairs on the motor or install the replacement motor.

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About the Author

Marlon Trotsky was born in St. Paul, Minn. and graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, while minoring in sociology. His work has appeared in various print and online publications, including: "The Trentonian," "San Jose Mercury News" and "Oakland Tribune."

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