Golf trolley power intermittent

I have been given a golf trolley that has intermittent power.  It goes off completely on occasions and  sometimes it can take many tries to get it back on.  Other times the power shuts off and goes back on straighaway.  I recently bought a  golf trolley controller for it off the dealer and the trolley still has intermittent power trouble.  Every now and then I might get a light-up or a number show up but it still won’t work consistantly.  Have you any ideas?

It is always best to check with me via the contact page email if you are thinking of purchasing any spares for your trolley and are not sure what may be wrong.  I can at least give you some guidance as to what to check. Other places may just sell the spares and not try to do any diagnosis or troubleshoot the faults in any way for you.   This can be especially difficult when your golf trolley power is intermittent on occasions, where it sometimes powers up and other times the power shuts off for no apparent reason.

So far in your case, this definitely seems like a connection problem.  Now with the golf trolley controller part replaced, this eliminates the controller, assuming you bought the correct model.  I would look at the battery connections and connector, 90% of the time intermittent power is to do with this battery cable connectorI would then look toward the main wire connections. There are a couple of things to look at here:

The connectors themselves haven’t jumped out and are making the connection and make sure you’ve not gone through a wire at the folding point.

For all the wires mentioned it’s difficult to know if there is a break in the connection other than with a test meter to see if the current is getting through and each wire has continuity.  Without a tester, one way to see if there is a faulty wire can be to try wiggling the wires around while depressing the power button trying various wiring locations to see if it powers up.

I hope this helps and let me know how it goes and we can go from there.

Thanks for the reply , after going over this, you were correct the main wire had a break in it and I ordered this from you fitted and all is working.  I did a check by pressing the on button when all cables were connected and found the break by wiggling the wire at the folding point as you suggested.  Many thanks for you support and guidance.  I will come back to you if ever needed.

25 thoughts on “Golf trolley power intermittent”

  1. My prorider golf trolley starts and stops.The distance lights are on continuous and speed dial is erratic. Always on maximum to work ok

  2. i have a problem with the battery connecter fitted to the cart base where you plug in the battery lead. it goes ok for a couple of holes then trips out. i remove and replace the lead and it works but keeps tripping. ive replaced the lead with no joy. the base plug has three connectors but only two are wired up?

    1. Make sure the battery lead socket connector on the battery tray is not dirty or damp as sometimes over time these poles can get corroded from dampness. Clean with some WD40.

  3. JIM ,

    1. George, I couldn’t see your order for replacing the controller or switch. This is the first thing I would like to check to make sure you got the correct model of controller. Email me on admin @

  4. hi,
    PowerBug trolley, jerky operation, have changed Speed controller twice in as many years, works for a short while, now its doing it again. I’ve checked around as much as possible but can’t see anything untoward with wiring. Is it normal to need to replace potentiometer that often? or could it be the battery/controller? or?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Paul, I don’t deal with PowerBug they have their own spares list which they deal with themselves. Regards the speed control switches, this is one part of golf trollies that do get knocked a lot due to their protruding position. So yes, they can in some cases often need replacing.

  5. I am repairing a PowaKaddy FW7. I have replaced the control board. When I turn it on, I have to depress the switch button and turn the knob to get it to dial the speed. By the way, the switch knob functions properly when inputting the (operating) Code. When it is on and I dial the speed, it stops blinking but the trolly does not move. This unit ha the EBS system. Moving the trolley back and forth, the gear engages but not continuously. I will inspect the wiring cable and see it that helps but is it possible that the gear box is defective, or the gears stripped?

    1. The speed is controlled by the speed control switch. See the articles on speed control switch. If the numbers are not scrolling up and down then this is most likely the component which is at fault.

  6. Hi my stomatic trolley runs for 9 to 13 holes then cuts out ,I unplug the battery and plug back in it works for 100 yards and cuts out again any feed back would be appreciated


  7. My powakaddy freeway will cut out after various amount of holes. The only way it will start is switch it off turn dial down and leave for a moment, then switch it back on and dial it up.
    If that doesn’t work, i need to disconnect the battery and try the same process.

    I also noticed the last day I was out it happened more than usual. Usually it would only happen once half way through a round.

    Also the last day, the control knob turned up at fall speed, was only going half speed.
    When i was disconnecting the battery I noticed the Negative pin on my T-bar cable was hot. My T-Bar cable is new.

  8. I have a problem a pro rider golf trolley. Battery charges ok and I have fitted a new battery lead. The trolley powers up ok with all three lights ‘on’. If I run the trolley with no load on the wheels it will run ok. If I then load the wheels by putting them on the ground and letting the wheels run ‘loaded’ ie holding back the trolley to simulate running along the course, the lights go out one by one. The same thing happens on the course. I was wondering if you could point out the next item to replace. I cannot see any problem on the main cable. Thanks.

    1. Trolley shuts down under load usually indicates a lack of current. Before looking into components try going around all connections (spray of WD40) try a different battery. After that I would look at controller unit, etc.

      1. Thanks for the reply. I have done all you said, checking connections and spraying them. My battery seems to be fully charged and is reading 14 volts across terminals when not connected. When connected and up on a bench I can drive the wheels but after a minute the yellow light goes out then the green light goes out on the handle. It will continue running with the red light only but then all of a sudden it dies, all power off. I can immediately start it up again with fully display on and it will run and die again after a minute or so. Thanks again for your help.

  9. Hi again,
    I tried a 12 volt power source from a friend of mine and the trolley ran okay so I need a battery. Where is the best place to buy a lithium battery to fit the Pro-rider, I want to change from the lead acid to lithium and its a minefield trying to get one. Pro-rider must be shut down as the phone number doesn’t work.
    Thanks again.

    1. Tom, The problem with changing to Lithium is the charger also needs changed as it a different voltage switch-off threshold.

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