How to Install a Clutch for Your Golf Cart Motor

  • 2-4 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 50-125
What You'll Need
New clutch
Lift (maybe)
Ratchet set

In addition to making golf carts compliant to the street legal specifications, you will see that many owners have also introduced their own styles and personalities in converting their golf cart motor or vehicle as a whole. There are an array of ways to soup up those simple golf carts for the road. Modifications and adjustments on the engines can be made to give the carts more power. This includes the clutch in the golf cart motor. Some people set the spring in the primary clutch to make the engine go faster and give it more power. A second clutch installed will also do more. But how does one install a clutch on a golf cart motor? Can you do it by yourself? By carefully following the steps below, nothing is impossible.

Step 1 - Setup the Car for Modification

Park the golf cart in a plane area. Place a set of blocks on the wheels to keep the cart from moving. Make sure that you have enough room to move around and get to all of your tools. If you have a shop you can do this in, that may be ideal.

Step 2 - Get to the Clutch

You may need to remove the seat from the cart if you’re accessing the clutch from the top of the vehicle. Alternatively, you can approach it at the bottom of the cart. This wold be easy to do if you have a lift that you can use. Otherwise, the top may make it easier for you to see things.

Step 3 - Remove the Cap from the Clutch

Unscrew the bolts that hold the cap clutch. The cap holds the spring in the clutch, so you will need to put pressure on the cap while you unscrew the bolts to be able to remove it evenly.

Step 4 - Replace the Clutch

Work on the clutch, replacing the old set with the new one. The instructions for this will be found on the new clutch that you purchased. Most of the time, the new clutch will fit right in where the old one did. When placing the spring back, make sure that it is in place securely in the clutch. Align the holes of the metal cover with the screw ridge of the internal clutch.

Step 5 - Replace the Cap

Place the cap back again, applying pressure on the spring to be able to screw all the bolts tightly. Don’t let go off the pressure until all the bolts are secured well.

Step 6 - Test the Clutch

Once everything has been properly reattached, take some time to drive the cart around and make sure that everything works well. If you think you severely messed something up, consult a mechanic.