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Unread 09-23-2015, 03:28 PM   #1
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I have a 98 Club Card DS 48 volt. I just installed a new AMD 5.5hp motor and it gets really hot after running for about 15 minutes. I bought the motor because it said it would run with stock controller, solenoid, cables, and F/R switch. I have 6 awg wires and stock curtis 275 amp controller. What would cause the motor to get so hot? the controller is barely warm.
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Unread 09-25-2015, 01:42 PM   #2
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Will changing cables to 4 awg wires and heavy duty F/R switch help this issue?
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Unread 09-25-2015, 03:46 PM   #3
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Motors get hot. Changing cables will not help motor temperature.
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Unread 09-25-2015, 03:52 PM   #4
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Default Re: Motor getting HOT

Sometimes we get the wrong motor for our needs and the motor is stuck in high amperage draw which tends to produce excess heat. ????

I don't know enough about your cart or your use to say for sure
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Unread 09-25-2015, 06:14 PM   #5
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I have a 98 Club Card DS 48 volt. I just installed a new AMD 5.5hp motor and it gets really hot after running for about 15 minutes. I bought the motor because it said it would run with stock controller, solenoid, cables, and F/R switch. I have 6 awg wires and stock curtis 275 amp controller. What would cause the motor to get so hot? the controller is barely warm.
Was the motor listed to work on your cart? Could be high speed motor that needs more amp.
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Unread 09-28-2015, 06:08 PM   #6
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Yes this motor was listed for my cart. This motor is also listed as being able to work with stock controller. It is a high speed motor. I do notice the wires coming from the switch to motor get pretty hot. When I say the motor gets hot I mean to the point it started acting funny to where I had to half throttle it home. It was fully charged. I live in golf cart community and use this everyday to take my kids to school and pick them up as well as any other place in community. I am in process of replacing F&R switch and all cables to 4awg.
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Unread 09-28-2015, 06:31 PM   #7
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Think of it this way.

You have a car with a manual transmission. You put it in high gear. You drive around slow. The engine will be under a heavy load, it will get hot.

Put it in 1st gear, you car drive around slow with no problem. If you drive fast and rev the engine you can damage it.

It's all a matter of the proper motor for the type of driving you plan to do most.
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Unread 09-29-2015, 10:58 PM   #8
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You need to upgrade your cables. The cables are the basis for a solid foundation building a cart. Having poor cables means that everything else could be made from gold and still fail because the current isn't traveling freely to function. Change to a minimum 4AWG.
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Unread 10-02-2015, 12:21 PM   #9
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Thank you Cartattach! I am in process of doing that now I just ran out of cables. I have all the batteries and the main positive to solenoid, solenoid to controller controller to motor done as well as main negative to controller. Do all cables from the F&R switch need to be 4 awg as well?
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Unread 10-02-2015, 06:16 PM   #10
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In one word, yes. All power cables need to be the same gauge.


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