Troubleshooting Yamaha Golf Carts

by Ted Marten

Introduction

If you are having problems with your Yamaha golf cart, which runs on electricity, there can be several reasons. Learning to troubleshoot your golf cart can help you determine the problem and get it fixed. Before you begin troubleshooting, read through your Yamaha golf cart manual, so you can recognize and repair or adjust its parts.

Solenoid

With the key in the on position, press down on the accelerator. You should hear a clicking sound, which means the solenoid is working. If you do not hear a click, then check the solenoid for loose wires. A solenoid is the coiled insulated wire in your golf cart. Electrical current passes through the solenoid and establishes the magnetic field it needs to work. If the wires are loose, tighten them up. Press down on the accelerator again, and if there is still not a click, then the solenoid needs to be replaced.

Controller

The controller in your Yamaha golf cart controls the speed of your golf cart. Check to make sure that there are no loose wires in your controller, and if there are, tighten them. Your controller will need to be replaced if there are black marks on it.

Motor

Look at the motor in your Yamaha golf cart and check for loose wires. Also make sure that when you spin the drive belt, it gives you resistance when you turn it. If the drive belt gives you no resistance, then your motor has seized and the drive shaft is broken. You may have to contact a Yamaha golf cart manufacturer to get your motor replaced.

Battery

The most common problem with Yamaha golf carts is with the battery. Yamaha uses rechargeable, acid-based batteries in its golf carts. If your battery is giving you trouble, make sure the terminals are clean and secure. You can use a mixture of water and baking soda to clean them. Next, check the water level in the battery and make sure distilled water is covering its plates. The meter in your charger should read between 15 and 20 amps. If not, you'll have to contact a Yamaha dealer and arrange to receive a new charger.

About the Author

Ted Marten lives in New York City and began writing professionally in 2007, with articles appearing on various websites. Marten has a bachelor's degree in English and has also received a certificate in filmmaking from the Digital Film Academy.