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Unread 05-05-2016, 09:20 AM   #1
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Question 1993 Club Car 36V Clicking

My Club car just clicks while sitting still, with the key on. I turn the key off and the clicking stops. This cart was working great, walked into the garage and heard the clicking and batteries are drained. Please help.
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Unread 05-05-2016, 09:35 AM   #2
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Default Re: 1993 Club Car 36V Clicking

The clicking is probably coming from the solenoid. Can you verify?
If yes your cart has been miswired resulting in the solenoid engaging when the key is turned on. This will draw power from the pack and burn the solenoid up if the solenoid is left on all day or overnight. The solenoid is designed to engage only when the go pedal is depressed.

The clicking you hear is the solenoid engaging then dropping out when the pack voltage drops then engaging when the surface charge returns ans dropping out over and over again
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Unread 05-05-2016, 10:42 AM   #3
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It is the solenoid, but was working fine for months, not sure how it can be miswired, nothing was changed.
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Charging it now, as soon as I turn the key on, the solenoid engages. Does not keep clicking, just one click and you can tell it's using the battery. I assume that when it runs down it will start clicking on and off.
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if solenoid clicks rapidly solenoid is bad

replace the solenoid
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Unread 05-05-2016, 12:51 PM   #6
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Whatever switches are there to engage the solenoid are closed all the time. Probably the one on the throttle pedal. That leaves the solenoid engaged as soon as you turn the key on. That will drain the batteries and then it will start clicking on it's own. You need to troubleshoot the solenoid circuit. It gets power from the key switch but it gets activated by the controller / switch on the pedal. Get the schematic for your cart and start tracing that circuit.
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Unread 05-05-2016, 01:48 PM   #7
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Charging it now, as soon as I turn the key on, the solenoid engages. Does not keep clicking, just one click and you can tell it's using the battery. I assume that when it runs down it will start clicking on and off.
The solenoid should not engage with the key. It should engage with the go pedal. So if the solenoid activation microswitches are not bypassed then they are failed in the closed position and must be replaced.see post 6

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if solenoid clicks rapidly solenoid is bad
replace the solenoid
Not necessarily. A solenoid coil has a low voltage threshold. At this # the coil cannot sustain the contact engagement and it will release the bridge which you will hear click. Then the battery surface voltage rises and the solenoid engages again, only to draw the pack down to a level of disengagement..... this can happen in rapid fire succession when there is no solenoid problem.
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Unread 05-10-2016, 07:23 PM   #8
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Default Re: 1993 Club Car 36V Clicking

Wanted to post an update and sorry it took so long, went out of town. It was the pedal switch, replaced and works as it should now. I want to thank everyone for helping out here, I really appreciate it - You guys Rock!
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