How to Replace Brakes on a Golf Cart


    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.


  • 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.

Things Needed

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

About the Author

Scott Stanchak has been a professional journalist since June 2000, specializing in sports and technology. He has contributed to FoxNews.com, NBA.com, USABasketball.com, Time Warner, AT&T and Clear Channel, among other media outlets. Stanchak graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication arts from Ramapo College in New Jersey.