EZGO Foward and Reverse Switch

JLZ8311

New Member
I recently purchased a used EZGO. A day after purchasing it, it would not go in reverse then wouldn’t go at all. So after lots of googling I determined I needed a new Forward and Reverse switch. I went purchase a brand new heavy duty one and changed it. Rode maybe a total of 30min since putting the new one on and now it’s doing the same thing. I noticed on the cables connected to the switch melted some of the plastic. What’s causing this? And what do I need to do to correct it? Please explain in simple terms, I am a woman, who’s never owned a golf cart before lol. I have basic mechanic knowledge so just need steps on what to to change and how to do so.
 

HotRodCarts

Cartaholic
Heat at the forward and reverse switch is caused by bad/loose/dirty connections, bad cables or bad connections on the contact studs in the switch. Did the cables look melted when you replaced the switch? Where did you buy the new forward and reverse switch?
Welcome to the forum. :hattip:
 

JLZ8311

New Member
They didn’t look as good of condition as some of the others. I purchased the switch from a local well known golf cart shop. See picture, this is what it current looks like. How do I disconnect power so I don’t electrocute myself? Lol. Also, where do I get cables to replace? Are they golf cart specific or would a local hardware shop have what I need?
 

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HotRodCarts

Cartaholic
Okay from looking at the picture you need to have 2 nuts on each stud with the cable in between the nuts. From the looks of it the board on the new switch has melted from the cable being against the forward and reverse switch board and not in between the double nuts it should have.
 

HotRodCarts

Cartaholic
There should be 2 nuts and lock washers on each stud. One nut and lock washer holds the contact stud tight to the board then cable goes on with second lock washer and nut securing the cable. This will put the cable lug connection metal on both sides of the lug. The way your cables are installed on the forward and reverse switch is what caused your problem with the new switch.
 
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