How to Replace Brakes on a Golf Cart

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The brakes on a golf cart are similar to those found underneath most cars and trucks. The major difference is that while a car may require a mechanic to work on the brakes, you can replace the ones on your golf cart. With just a few tools and some time, you can save money which could be used towards the next 18 holes of golf.

Things You'll Need

  • New brake pads 3-ton floor jack Blocks 3/4-inch socket wrench Needle-nose pliers Protective glasses Anti-squeal brake grease

Instructions

  • Drive and park your golf cart on a level surface. Turn the cart off but do not set the parking brake. Instead, place blocks in front of and behind the front wheels to prevent rolling.

  • Place the 3-ton jack underneath the center rear of the cart and lift it into the air.

  • Take your 3/4-inch socket wrench and remove the lug nuts holding the two rear wheels onto the body. Place the wheels to the side.

  • Remove the break drum, which covers the brake pads. Remove the cotter pin (some carts have two) using needle-nose pliers.

  • Discard the worn-out pads. Apply an anti-squeal grease to the interior of the new pads. Insert the replacement pads and secure them, using the cotter pin(s) and the brake drums.

  • Put each of the rear wheels back on the cart and secure them, using the lug nuts and socket wrench.

  • Lower the jack and remove the blocks from around the front wheels.

  • Test the cart's new brakes at a slow speed on the level surface.

Tips & Warnings

  • While the wheels are off, it's a good idea to check all of the parts near the brakes. You should lubricate any moving parts and ensure there is no major deterioration on anything else.
  • Always wear protective glasses while working on your golf cart.

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