If you’re not familiar with golf carts, they’re vehicles often used on the golf course to transport people. They’re typically electric and have a set speed limit of about 20 mph or less.
The governor is a device that sets the maximum speed for these types of vehicles. In this blog post, we’ll explain how to take the governor off a golf cart so you can go faster.
How Does a Golf Cart Governor Work
Governors play an important role in electric golf carts by limiting the speed they can travel. This is an important safety feature, as it prevents the cart from going too fast and helps ensure passengers’ safety.
The governor is a device typically located near the battery pack, and it regulates the flow of electricity to the motor. The golf cart can travel faster than its standard limit when you remove the governor.
How to Take the Governor off a Golf Cart
Removing the governor from a golf cart is a simple process that can be done with common tools. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Socket wrench set
- Flathead screwdriver
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Wire cutters
Once you have the necessary tools, follow these steps to remove the governor:
- Disconnect the negative battery terminal from the cart. This will prevent any accidental sparks from occurring.
- Remove the screws that hold the governor’s cover in place. There are three screws in total – two Phillips head screws and one flathead screw.
- Use the wire cutters to cut the zip tie that holds the wires to the governor.
- Remove the screws that hold the governor to the battery pack.
You Can Now Put a New Governor on or Remove One from Your Golf Cart
Having taken off your golf cart’s existing governor, you can now place a new one back into its original position and reattach it with screws. If you’re not looking for more speed and just want to maintain the same speed as before, you can leave the governor off.
How to Adjust an EZGO Golf Cart Governor
The majority of EZGO carts have a four-stroke engine, with the latter having other types of engines. The adjustment process is different for each engine type.
Once you’ve decided to adjust the governor on your golf cart, you’ll need a few items before starting this project. You’ll need the following items:
- Crescent wrench
- Torx screwdrivers
- Channel locks
- Screwdriver with interchangeable locks
Adjusting the 4-stroke Engine
The first thing you’ll need to do is remove the cover from the top of the engine. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to see a plate with a screw-on it. To remove this screw:
- Use a crescent wrench and a Torx screwdriver or a channel lock.
- Remove the screw and wait for all the screws holding the governor to come free.
- Start by removing these bolts with a screwdriver with interchangeable bits, as they’re much more challenging to get off than those that aren’t.
When you remove them, note where they came from, as they should go back to the same place when you’re finished with this process. Once all those pieces are off, lift up on the governor and pull it forward. If it comes out, move to the next part of this process.
Adjusting the “Pulse” Engine
When you remove the cover on the top of this type of engine, you’ll see a round metal part that’s about two inches in diameter. Before removing this part, note where the screws were, as you should put them back in the same place.
Using a screwdriver with interchangeable bits, unscrew and remove the screws. Take note of how many there are and where they came from. Once you’ve removed all those pieces, carefully lift up on the metal part and move it to the side.
You should now see two hexagonal bolts. Remove these with the same screwdriver you used before. Now you should remove the complete unit from where it was.
Adjusting the “Gear Shaft” Engine
This engine type doesn’t have a metal unit that you can adjust like the two we’ve already discussed. The first thing you need to do is remove the screws from around the top of the engine and put them somewhere safe.
You should now lift up on the unit and pull it out. Keep in mind that it will have a gear shaft attached to the engine once you remove this unit.
Frequently Asked Questions about Golf Cart Speed Governors
How Can I Speed Up My Golf Cart?
If you’re looking for ways to speed up your golf cart, there are a few things you can do. Start by removing the governor on top of the engine if you haven’t already. If it doesn’t have a governor, then you’ll need to open up the cart and look at the gear shaft to see if it’s turning. If not, then you’ll need to open up the engine and ensure that it’s turned on and that there is oil in the gear shaft.
Where is the Governor Located on a Club Car Golf Cart?
The governor on a Club Car is located under the hood in front of the seat, between the engine cover and the seat. Once you remove the engine cover, it will be in plain sight. Here you’ll need to remove any screws keeping it in place and lift up on the part to remove it.
How Fast Can a Gas Golf Cart Go?
A gas golf cart can go up to 25 miles per hour. However, the average one goes around 18-22 miles per hour.
Taking the governor off your golf cart is the first step in the process, but if you want to get more out of your engine, it’s time to adjust it.
If you’re going to speed up your cart, use a screwdriver with interchangeable bits and make the appropriate amount of turns on each screw until you’ve reached the speed you want. Remove a full turn or half a turn for a slower cart.
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