How to Set Timing on EZGO Golf Cart

The EZ-GO golf cart is a popular choice for golf courses, communities, and personal use. Like any motorized vehicle, the engine’s timing is crucial for optimal performance. The timing ensures that the spark plug fires at the correct moment for smooth operation and acceleration. This guide will walk you through the process of setting the timing on your EZ-GO golf cart.

Note: This guide is intended for EZ-GO golf carts with a gasoline engine. Electric models do not require timing adjustments.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  1. Timing light
  2. Socket wrench set
  3. Flathead screwdriver
  4. Chalk or white marker (optional)

Step-by-step Instructions:

  1. Park the cart on a level surface: Ensure that the golf cart is parked on a level surface and turned off. Engage the parking brake for safety.
  2. Locate the engine: Open the engine compartment to access the engine. The engine is usually located beneath the seat or at the rear of the cart, depending on the model.
  3. Identify the timing marks: Find the timing marks on the engine’s flywheel and crankcase. The flywheel is a large, round metal disc that is connected to the crankshaft. The timing marks will be notches or marks on the flywheel and crankcase that need to be aligned during the timing process.
  4. Clean and mark the timing marks: Clean the timing marks on the flywheel and crankcase using a cloth or brush. To make the marks more visible, you can use chalk or a white marker to highlight them.
  5. Disconnect the spark plug wire: Remove the spark plug wire from the spark plug to prevent the engine from starting during the timing process.
  6. Connect the timing light: Attach the timing light to the battery terminals (positive to positive, negative to negative) and clamp the pickup lead onto the number one spark plug wire.
  7. Turn on the golf cart: Turn on the ignition switch without starting the engine. This will power the timing light.
  8. Check the timing: Point the timing light at the timing marks on the flywheel and crankcase. The flashing light will make the marks appear stationary. Observe the alignment of the marks. If they are not aligned, you’ll need to adjust the timing.
  9. Adjust the timing: To adjust the timing, locate the distributor (the round component with spark plug wires attached to it). Loosen the distributor’s hold-down bolt using a socket wrench. Gently rotate the distributor clockwise or counterclockwise to align the timing marks on the flywheel and crankcase. Once the marks are aligned, tighten the hold-down bolt to secure the distributor in place.
  10. Recheck the timing: Use the timing light to verify that the marks are still aligned after tightening the distributor. If necessary, repeat steps 9 and 10 until the timing is correct.
  11. Reconnect the spark plug wire: Once the timing is set, reconnect the spark plug wire to the spark plug.
  12. Test the golf cart: Start the engine and take the golf cart for a test drive. You should notice improved performance and smoother acceleration.


Basic Information on EZ GO Golf Cart Timing

ModelYearEngine TypeIgnition TypeTiming Setting
TXT1996295ccPoints2° BTDC
TXT2001295ccElectronic4° BTDC
RXV2008350ccElectronic5° BTDC
RXV2010401ccElectronic6° BTDC
Medalist1994295ccPoints2° BTDC
Medalist1999295ccElectronic4° BTDC
Marathon1992295ccPoints2° BTDC
Marathon1998295ccElectronic4° BTDC
ST 3502006350ccElectronic5° BTDC
ST 4002012401ccElectronic6° BTDC

Tools Required for EZ GO Golf Cart Timing

Tool NamePurposeSize/TypeQuantity
Timing LightCheck and adjust ignition timingStandard1
Spark Plug WrenchRemove and install spark plugAppropriate for model1
TachometerMeasure engine RPMDigital1
Feeler GaugeCheck and adjust point gap (if needed).020″1
Socket Wrench SetLoosen and tighten boltsMetric1 set

EZ GO Golf Cart Timing – Preparation Steps

Step #DescriptionTool(s) NeededDuration
1Park the golf cart on a flat surfaceNone1 min
2Turn off the engine and remove the keyNone1 min
3Disconnect the spark plug wireNone1 min
4Remove the spark plugSpark Plug Wrench2 mins
5Gain access to the engine and flywheelSocket Wrench Set5 mins

EZ GO Golf Cart Timing – Adjustment Steps

Step #DescriptionTool(s) NeededDuration
1Attach timing light to battery and spark plug wireTiming Light2 mins
2Start the engineNone1 min
3Set the engine to the specified RPMTachometer2 mins
4Check the timing marks on the flywheelTiming Light1 min



Setting the timing on your EZ-GO golf cart is essential for maintaining optimal engine performance. By following this guide, you can ensure that your golf cart runs smoothly and efficiently. Remember to perform regular maintenance on your golf cart, including checking and adjusting the timing as needed, to extend its life and improve overall performance.


  • Ray Barnes

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