With all of the moving parts the golf cart has, the one item that gets removed most often is the key. This makes it prone to losing, sometimes temporarily, sometimes for good. So, unless you want to hotwire your golf cart, you’re going to have to find a replacement key.
Are golf cart keys all the same? Are they universal? Yes, as long as it is the same manufacturer, such as all E-Z-Go 1982 and up. Golf cart keys come in universal sets for each manufacturer with only a few exceptions.
Golf Cart Keys By Manufacturer
The E-Z-Go RXV key fits the 2008 and up gas and electric vehicles. It is part number 606993.
Club Car golf carts have one key that fits all DS and Precedents 1982 and up.
The standard key for Club Car golf carts is for the electric and gas models. If your model is a much older cart, the ignition switch plus key can be replaced as an inexpensive unit.
Yamaha comes with two different keys that fit their models. Yamaha G1-G11 uses a common key, and G14-G29 uses a different common key.
The Yamaha G1 to G11 gas and electric golf carts have a replacement ignition key part number J17-82511-20/ J17-82511-20-YY
The Yamaha G14, G16, G19, G22, G29/Drive gas, and electric golf carts have a replacement ignition key part number 1012505, 1920, ELI80-0194
How To Start A Golf Cart Without A Key
If you need to get going and cannot get the key replacement before having to drive the cart, there are a couple of other methods to start the golf cart without a key.
You can see if a friend or neighbor has a cart with the same make and model, then borrow the key for a while…or…
You can try to “pick” the lock by using a flat blade screwdriver. You first slide the screwdriver into the lock until it meets resistance or comes up against the tumblers. jiggle the screwdriver up and down while applying light pressure turning the key in the clockwise direction. This often settles the pins into the tumbler and allows the cylinder to rotate and switch the ignition on.
If these methods fail to switch on the power, then you might need to resort to hotwiring your golf cart.
How To Hotwire A Golf Cart
This is what you can do if the above tips don’t work for starting your golf cart. Caution should be exercised to prevent shock or fire. You will be connecting two points in the circuit, either by disconnecting the wires and taping them together or by jumpering them with a piece of wire and two alligator clips on either end.
Find the electrical diagram for your model cart either in the manual or on this site to verify the correct wires to jump. The above basic switch is an illustration of the two points to connect, effectively bypassing the switch altogether.
After these two points are connected, pressing the accelerator should either turn over the gasoline engine or start the electrical motor turning.
Good luck and be sure to get that replacement key ordered and in the mail.