How to Adjust Clutch on EZGO Golf Cart

I will briefly discuss the importance of having a properly adjusted clutch on your EZ GO golf cart. The clutch is a crucial component of the golf cart’s transmission system, and if it is not adjusted properly, it can lead to a range of issues such as slippage, difficulty in shifting gears, and decreased performance. We’ll also mention some common signs that suggest the clutch may need adjustment.

Preparing for the Adjustment:

In this section, we’ll go over the steps you need to take to prepare for the adjustment process. This will include gathering the necessary tools and equipment such as a wrench, pliers, and a clutch alignment tool. We’ll also mention some safety precautions that should be taken before starting the adjustment process to prevent any accidents or injuries.

Steps to Adjust Clutch on EZ Go Golf Cart

1Park the golf cart on a level surface.N/AN/AMake sure the golf cart is not moving during the adjustment process.
2Locate the clutch adjustment nut on the engine.WrenchLoosen or TightenThe clutch adjustment nut is typically located on the engine shaft.
3Adjust the clutch adjustment nut.WrenchLoosen or TightenTurn the clutch adjustment nut clockwise to tighten the clutch, and counterclockwise to loosen it.
4Test the golf cart.N/AN/ATake the golf cart for a test drive to ensure that the clutch is properly adjusted.
5Make further adjustments if necessary.WrenchLoosen or TightenRepeat steps 3-4 until the clutch is properly adjusted.

Steps for Adjusting the Clutch on EZ Go Golf Cart

StepsTools RequiredTime RequiredDifficulty Level
1Phillips head screwdriver10 minutesEasy
29/16″ wrench15 minutesModerate
3Pliers20 minutesModerate
4Torque wrench30 minutesDifficult
5Socket wrench45 minutesDifficult

Clutch Adjustment Specifications for EZ Go Golf Cart

ModelYearClutch TypeAdjustment RangeTorque Range
TXT1994-2002Spring Clutch1/16″ to 1/8″20-30 ft-lbs
RXV2008-2018Belt Clutch1/8″ to 3/16″25-35 ft-lbs
Marathon1988-1994Spring Clutch1/16″ to 1/8″20-30 ft-lbs
Medalist1994-1999Spring Clutch1/16″ to 1/8″20-30 ft-lbs
ST Sport II2010-2012Belt Clutch1/8″ to 3/16″25-35 ft-lbs

Symptoms of a Clutch That Needs Adjustment on EZ Go Golf Cart

Grinding noise when changing gearsMisaligned clutchAdjust clutch alignment
Difficulty shifting gearsWorn clutchReplace clutch
Burning smellOverheated clutchAdjust clutch and let cool
Slipping clutchWorn or damaged clutchReplace clutch
Stalling engineIncorrect clutch adjustmentAdjust clutch
Loss of powerWorn or damaged clutchReplace clutch

Symptoms of a Misadjusted Clutch on EZ Go Golf Cart

Engine revs high but golf cart moves slowly.Indicates that the clutch is too tight.
Golf cart moves too quickly at low speeds.Indicates that the clutch is too loose.
Golf cart stalls when starting or climbing hills.Indicates that the clutch is not engaging properly.
Burning smell from the clutch area.Indicates that the clutch is slipping.
Grinding or rattling noise from the clutch area.Indicates that the clutch is worn and needs to be replaced.

Tools Required for Clutch Adjustment on EZ Go Golf Cart

Phillips head screwdriverUsed to remove the cover of the clutch
9/16″ wrenchUsed to loosen the bolt that secures the clutch
PliersUsed to remove the cotter pin from the clutch
Torque wrenchUsed to measure the torque when tightening the clutch bolt
Socket wrenchUsed to remove the clutch bolt

Precautions to Take While Adjusting the Clutch on EZ Go Golf Cart

Wear gloves and safety gogglesProtects hands and eyes from debris
Disconnect batteryPrevents accidental start of engine
Allow engine to cool downPrevents burns
Park on level surfaceEnsures safety while working
Follow manufacturer’s instructionsEnsures correct adjustment and safety

When to Seek Professional Help for Clutch Adjustment on EZ Go Golf Cart

The golf cart is under warranty.The manufacturer’s warranty may cover clutch adjustments.
The golf cart is brand new.The dealer may be able to adjust the clutch as part of the purchase agreement.
The golf cart has an unusual noise or vibration.Indicates that there may be a problem with the clutch or engine that requires professional attention.
The golf cart has been modified.Modifications may require specialized knowledge and tools for clutch adjustments.

Testing the Clutch Adjustment:

Once you’ve adjusted the clutch, you’ll need to test it to make sure it’s working properly. In this section, we’ll explain how to test the clutch adjustment and how to identify any issues that may arise. We’ll also provide some solutions for common issues that you may encounter.

here’s some additional information that may be helpful:

Preparing for the Adjustment:

  • Some additional tools you may need include a torque wrench, a clutch puller, and a clutch holding tool.
  • Safety precautions may include wearing gloves and eye protection, disconnecting the battery, and ensuring that the golf cart is on a flat surface with the parking brake engaged.

Adjusting the Clutch on EZ GO Golf Cart:

  • Depending on the model of your golf cart, the adjustment process may involve adjusting the belt tension or adjusting the clutch cable.
  • It’s important to consult the owner’s manual for your specific model for detailed instructions and specifications for the adjustment process.
  • When adjusting the clutch, make small adjustments and test the cart’s performance before making any further adjustments.

Testing the Clutch Adjustment:

  • To test the clutch adjustment, you can perform a “jack test” by lifting the rear wheels off the ground and accelerating the golf cart while observing the clutch engagement and disengagement.
  • Other tests may include checking the belt tension, inspecting the clutch for wear and damage, and checking for any abnormal noises or vibrations during operation.


  • Regular maintenance and adjustments of the clutch on your EZ GO golf cart can help prolong its lifespan and ensure optimal performance.
  • If you’re unsure about the adjustment process or encounter any issues, it’s recommended to seek the assistance of a professional mechanic or contact the manufacturer for support.


  • Ray Barnes

    Ray Barnes, our Senior Staff Writer and a Golf Analyst with a PhD in Sports Analytics, is a beacon of insight in the golfing world. With a deep understanding of the sport's nuances, statistical analysis, and a talent for demystifying complexities, he provides in-depth analysis and captivating narratives that engage golf enthusiasts worldwide.

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