How to Adjust the Brakes on a 2001 EZ-GO Golf Cart


A golf cart careening out of control may not seem like a dangerous situation, but failing brakes on any vehicle can result in injuries or property damage. E-Z-GO Golf Carts are a popular brand of electric and gas-powered personal carts, and they switched to a self-adjusting brake system in 1988. Although this means you don't have to adjust the brakes manually, it does mean that self-adjustment only takes place while the vehicle is moving. If your E-Z-GO is not braking uniformly or the brakes are overly sensitive, perform a simple driving test to activate the automatic adjuster mechanism.

  • Find a flat, clear space to drive your E-Z-GO Golf Cart. Sit in the driver seat and have another person sit in the passenger seat to evenly distribute the weight.

  • With the golf cart stationary and turned off, press down hard on the brake pedal with your foot four to six times. Note the point when the brake shoes make contact with the drums. The distance from the resting point to the contact point is known as the free travel, and should range between 7/8-inches to 1-1/8 inches.

  • Turn the key to the "On" position, then push the "Direction Selector" knob toward "F" to go forward. Press down on the accelerator and drive in a straight line at a slow speed, then slam on the brakes.

  • Take your foot off the brake pedal when you feel the brakes adjust and slow your E-Z-GO cart, but before it comes to a complete stop. Repeat this "Aggressive Stop Test” once more at a slow speed, then eight more times at maximum speed, for a total of 10 times.

  • Drive your E-Z-GO cart at maximum speed and then step on the brake pedal with moderate force if you have oversensitive brakes. This usually means that there is rust on the brake drums. Repeat the test until you remove the rust and loosen the brakes.


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