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Unread 03-02-2009, 01:11 PM   #1
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Default Solenoid capacitor smoking

I have recently upgraded the wiring on my 01 club car, installed new hd solenoid, controller, f and r switch, and have checked wiring diagrams. When I
connect ground wire to battery the capacitor on the solenoid gets hot and starts smoking after a few seconds. Has anyone ever heard of this? Any info is appreciated!
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Unread 03-02-2009, 01:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Solenoid capacitor smoking

Theres a resistor across the 2 large terminals...and a diode across the 2 small terminals...which is smoking??
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Unread 03-02-2009, 01:58 PM   #3
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Default Re: Solenoid capacitor smoking

There never was one on the small terminals. the resistor is the one that gets hot though.
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Default Re: Solenoid capacitor smoking

That resistor is used to lessen the arcing across the terminals when the solenoid is activated. tha arcing is what destroys solenoids and burns out their contacts. In keeping it simple, the resistor is keeping the line "slightly charged" and when the solenoid activates, there is not a big spark/arc across the terminals and damaging the terminals. It is OK to run the cart without the resistor on their for a short time frame, just keep it to a minimumm to avoid excessive arcing of the solenoid. This way you can tell if the rest of the wiring is OK, or help to keep the cables hooked up long enough to diagnose. Also once the resistor is smoked, it is NO GOOD. They are cheap and can be found at one of the sponsors listed above.
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Unread 03-02-2009, 06:19 PM   #5
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Default Re: Solenoid capacitor smoking

Thanks for info, do you have an idea why it's getting hot
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Unread 03-03-2009, 10:04 PM   #6
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It gets hot because the controller is no good.
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Unread 03-05-2009, 11:05 PM   #7
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The controller is brand new, could it be bad?
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Unread 03-06-2009, 03:58 PM   #8
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Yes it could be bad, and if the resistor is getting hot that is what it is
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