My Yamaha Gas Golf Cart Won't Reverse

The Yamaha corporation started in 1887 when Torakusu Yamaha built his first organ. Since that time, Yamaha has produced a variety of vehicles and electronic products including music and stereo equipment, motorcycles, ATVs and golf carts. Yamaha golf carts are built in both electric- and gas-operated models. As with all golf carts, problems may arise from time to time, including the vehicle not running in reverse. Troubleshooting your Yamaha golf cart will help to correct the problem.

Check to ensure that the control is completely set in reverse. Often the shift control may slip or not set completely in the reverse position.

Open the shift casing and inspect the shift fork. The shift fork can get clogged with debris from time to time by mud or rocks. If clogging is evident, clean and grease the shift fork.

Open the hood or chassis and inspect the reverse cable. The cable runs from the engine to the rear axle. If the cable becomes worn or dry, it will not switch the cart into reverse.

Clean the cables and shifter lever free of any visible debris. Spray lubricant on the cables at the rear lever (at the rear end of cable) and on the shifter lever under the hood. Often, poor lubrication is the main cause of the cart not running in reverse.


Replace both forward and reverse cables if significantly worn. Have your Yamaha golf cart inspected by a competent mechanic to ensure quality operation.


Never perform maintenance on a golf cart while in operation. Do not apply oil or work on the golf cart around open flame.