How to Engage/Release Your Golf Carts Parking Brake

From Golf Cart Options – August 2020

Why Won’t My Golf Cart Parking Brake Hold?

Your golf cart parking brake won’t hold if there is wear and tear in the pawl and catch plate mechanism.

  • This could be because of the following reasons. There isn’t enough brake pad remaining on the brake shoes.
  • The brake shoes and cables aren’t secured in place with the desired hardware.
  • In E-Z-GO electric carts, the catch bracket or the bolts holding it have become loose.
  • The pedal latch arm may need some filing at the edge.
  • The brake pedal travel is limited where the brake shoes and the brake drum make their first contact.
  • The brake cable’s brake cable equalizer linkage or the springs of the parking brake pedal hinge are either corroded or damaged.

How to Release the Brakes on an E-Z-GO Golf Cart

2013 E-Z-GO RXV

  • The battery pack voltage is not as required because of one or more failing batteries. Identifying the faulty battery and replacing it can help.
  • The motor brake coil is either shorted or has an open circuit. This can be checked by setting a low resistance range on the multimeter and establishing contact with both the motor brake socket pins and meter probes. If you don’t get a reading ranging between 25 and 28 Ohms, you will have to change the motor brake unit.
  • There is one or more bad connection at the terminals of sockets and plugs, the connecting point of various wires or in the harness. Fixing the problematic connection resolves the problem.

2009/ 2014 E-Z-GO RXV

  • The motor brake has toasted and must be replaced. Place the cart on level ground and chock the wheels. Flip the switch to Tow mode and turn the key to OFF. Keep the batteries hooked and unplug the brake. Remove the three 10mm bolts securing the brake.
  • Clean the mounting surface and mount a new brake on the armature. Push the cart a little so that the plug points upward in line with the bolt holes and start the three bolts a little. Plug in the brake, set the cart to the neutral mode and tighten the bolts uniformly. Turn the key to OFF, move the Tow/Run switch to Run, turn the key to ON and do a test drive.
  • The three bolts on the brake are either overly tightened or not tightened uniformly. Loosen the bolts and tighten them up to the point when the lock washers get compressed. This is usually up to 10-inch oz. Clean the motor-end using a wire brush to remove the gunk or rust so that the brake slides easily.
  • The electronics and harness connectors are either damp or have moisture content on them. Drying these parts using a hairdryer often helps.
  • The steel plate of the brake or the semi-metallic brake disc may be corroded. Remove, clean and fix them back.

Club Car DS Parking Brake Won’t Engage


  • The bearings or bushings through which the accelerator pivot rod runs are worn out and are in need of a replacement. Sometimes, it’s the accelerator bracket that needs a change.
  • The parking brake pawl is out of alignment. Place the cart on jack stands or ramps. Take off the adjuster above the parking brake rod at the point where it’s fitted to the back of the brake. Remove the crud, turn the head clockwise a couple of times and the adjuster.

The bushings present on the brake pedal shaft have deteriorated causing excess slack and moving them away from the park brake pawl. Changing the bearing blocks will solve the problem. Make use of this chance to look for a worn-out shaft as well.

The parking brake will have a latching problem if the spring in the pawl that locks it is missing. This spring moves the pawl upwards so that the pedal shaft is engaged. Replacing the spring can set right this problem.

Club Car Precedent Parking Brake Won’t Engage


  • The Go pedal isn’t releasing all the way as it should because of small objects like rocks or acorns between the pivot housing and the pedal arm. Removing these objects should help achieve engaging.
  • The brake pawl movement is restricted because the box housing the pawl is filled with dirt or sand. Cleaning the box thoroughly may fix this problem.


  • The Go pedal linkage is worn out because of slop. Consider getting a new linkage fitted.
  • The pedal assembly may have to be adjusted or replaced. If it’s a Gen 2 assembly, the whole pedal group must be replaced. In case of a Gen 1 assembly, you can first try heating the stud on which the park brake mechanism is resting. Bend it upwards so that the engagement is secure. If this doesn’t work, opt for an assembly replacement.

It’s worth upgrading a Gen 1 pedal assembly that has a parking brake of an old-style to a Gen 2 pedal assembly.

  • The rod that snaps on the pedal lever has a worn out or cracked fitting at the end resulting in increased rod length and preventing the rod from engaging. Fix the cracks and mark the right length for the engaging action.


  • The rare brakes may be damaged or worn out. Consider opting for disc brakes when doing a replacement.
  • The cable system has too much slack causing excessive pedal travel. A brake cable adjustment at the turn-buckle to lessen the pedal travel time may solve the problem.
  • The brake shoes may be installed incorrectly or have worn out. Check the shoes and take the appropriate action. If you’re changing the shoes, set the brakes adjustment using a star adjustment on the hubs to ensure that both brakes are functioning.
  • Check for the proper functioning of the auto-adjuster by ensuring that it retracts completely when the pedal is released. Overly adjusted brakes can hamper the working.
  • The brake cable bracket fitted on the stud on the driver’s side frame may not give the cables the required slack. Removing the bracket may help. Also, check for internal binding on the cables.

Club Car Parking Brake Adjustment

In 1993 and later model golf carts, the auto-adjusting brake process ensures that the brakes self-adjust themselves. The brake cables must never be tightened to enhance the pedal travel. Cable adjustment must be done as the last step.

  • Loosen previously tightened cables under the golf cart to adjust the extent that the brake levers return, to the rearmost position on their own. If this doesn’t happen, the brake cable is either worn out or corroded and needs a replacement.
  • Ensure that the cart is stationary and push hard on the brake pedal until you hear a clicking sound from behind the vehicle. Continue the pumping till the clicking sound stops.
  • Adjust the cables so that they are just tight enough to hold the car in place on an elevation when the parking brake is set to be on the second notch.

In older models, the adjustment can be done as follows.

  • Disconnect the battery pack or batteries after moving the Run/Tow switch to Tow position.
  • Raise the cart using appropriate jack stands or lifting equipment.
  • Take off the two-wheel assemblies.
  • Take your foot off the parking brake pedal.
  • Back off the brake cable adjusting rod. This ensures that the shoe lever arm has no cable tension.
  • Take off the brake drum and the keeper clips from the wheel studs. In some models, you won’t have to remove the studs. Sometimes, the brake adjuster will have to be backed off to remove the drum.
  • Check for poor drum fitting and debris or dirt sticking on the shoes. Also, inspect the shoes to check if they are damaged or worn out. Use a cleaning solution or a light air pressure blower to get rid of the debris and dust from the drum, backing plate and shoes.
  • If the drum is too tight, the star adjuster must be backed off until the drum can turn 360 degrees freely without drag. For a loose drum, the shoes have to be tightened to drag and backed off for free movement.
  • Fix the tires in place and tighten the lugs with 50 pounds torque.
  • Adjust the height of the brake pedal and ensure that there is 0.75 to 1-inch free play or two to three clicks as the pedal is pushed. If you don’t get this, the cable adjusting rod that was released in Step 4 must be adjusted.
  • Reconnect the battery pack or batteries and set the Run/Tow switch to Run mode.
  • Lower the cart to the ground and do a test drive on a safe area.

    E-Z-GO RXV Parking Brake Won’t Engage

An E-Z-GO RXV parking brake fails to engage because of several reasons.

  • If the golf cart is a 2008 or an earlier model cart and has the original motor replaced with an aftermarket one, the controller’s brake output FET could get damaged. More so if the motor has been in use for a long time. You can either change the FET or get it repaired.
  • The cart has a faulty or improperly installed motor brake if it can be pushed with the key off. Check for this and take the required action.
  • A throttle or controller problem can cause the parking brake to take time to engage. The controller may need replacement or the throttle may need adjustment to close completely.
  • There is a problem with the ignition switch connection. Unplugging it and plugging it again can fix the issue.
  • If the two-wire plug at the end of the motor brake doesn’t lock when it’s unplugged but the cart moves, the brake disc is damaged. A disc replacement is needed in this case.
  • If the brake goes through continuous grab and release cycles when the cart is uphill, the motor brake coil is faulty and drawing excess current. Replacing the coil should help.

    How to Release 2009 E-Z-GO RXV Parking Brake

To release a 2009 E-Z-GO RVX parking brake, replace the rod if it’s broken, press the lever at the back of the motor, or try swapping the connectors.

The 2009 E-Z-GO RXV’s parking brake can be released in different ways.

  • Opt for a motor brake replacement with an OEM part and not an aftermarket one if the brake releases only when the plugs are swapped.
  • Replace the brake if it won’t release in Tow mode but the cart rolls when you move the switch from neutral to Tow and push the handle present on the brake.
  • Replace the rod that releases the brake when the throttle gets pushed if the rod is broken at the throttle shaft.
  • Change the corroded cable connections or ring terminal from the solenoid to the battery terminal.

2012 E-Z-GO RXV Parking Brake Won’t Release

The 2012 E-Z-GO RXV parking brake can be released in the following ways.

  • Pressing the lever at the back of the motor can help to release the parking brake.
  • Swapping the connectors by plugging 1 into 3 as well as 2 into 4 can help.
  • Correcting a bad plug/jack connection to the controller may resolve the issue.
  • Addressing a faulty motor brake circuit is likely to solve the problem.
  • Replacing a bad brake switch will fix the issue. Verify this by checking that the brake lights remain on as long as the cart is turned on.

Yamaha G22 Golf Cart Parking Brake Release

To release the parking brake on a Yamaha G22, you can tap or step on the gas pedal slightly before turning the key on.

Yamaha G29 Parking Brake Won’t Hold

You can fix a non-holding parking brake in a Yamaha G29 in the following ways.

  • Remove and disassemble the pedal assembly. Replace the bar or arm with teeth on it if there’s no straight edge. Alternatively, replace the entire assembly. Sometimes, the selector may need filing.
  • Check for worn-out brake shoes and do a replacement as they can prevent the pedal from holding with a single click.
  • Free up the cable adjuster followed by the brake pedal adjustment until it has free travel of 1.75 inches.
  • Replace a corroded or rusted accelerator pedal bolt at the point where the pedal is adjusted for the throttle sensor.

    How to Release Yamaha G29 Parking Brake

You can release a Yamaha G29 parking brake using one of the methods given below.

  • Clean rusty or dirty mechanical connections and linkages between the accelerator and brake linkages. If anything is worn out, replace them.
  • Adjust the bolt or the rod that helps in kicking off the hill brake.
  • Check for rear bearing failure that causes the axle to hang down and in case of a failure, get a new bearing fitted.
  • Check if the J rod is in the right location and position it correctly if needed

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