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Unread 03-07-2009, 09:34 PM   #1
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Default SLO MO Club Car-can't get out of its oun way

1998 Club Car, 48 volt with Trojan batteries about 2 years old. I maintain the batteries well and my cables look to be in good shape, with no corrosion, and they seem to accept a charge OK.

About a week ago my cart suddenly lost all torque--low speed acceleration was gone. Now it will barely climb the slightest grades, and acceleration is VERY slow If on flat ground it will slowly get up to 15mph ( a little slower than before) but loses speed at any grade.

I did not suspect the batteries since it started happening suddenly and was not a gradual deterioration of performance. When starting off , it's like it is stuck in high gear----if it had a high gear---very sluggish. What do you think?
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Unread 03-07-2009, 11:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: SLO MO Club Car-can't get out of its oun way

Hello sherco and Welcome to the forum.

Check the Solenoid. Thats a fairly common problem with solenoids.
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Unread 03-08-2009, 10:12 AM   #3
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Default Re: SLO MO Club Car-can't get out of its oun way

Time to Drag out the ol Volt meter !
Measure the pack voltage ,
Charge completely
Wait 1 hour then measure the voltage of all Batteries seperate
Measure the Voltage (across all Batteries)
Read and compare State of Charge Readings
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Unread 03-08-2009, 10:31 AM   #4
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Is it likely (or possible) that a battery would fail overnight -- i.e.-running fine one day, then slo-mo the next ?
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Unread 03-09-2009, 01:03 PM   #5
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so when do batteries fail, or chargers, or solinoids ?
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Unread 03-09-2009, 05:15 PM   #6
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have you checked for a loose wire?
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Unread 03-11-2009, 08:45 PM   #7
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OK, I'm not the greatest when it comes to things electrical, but I put a muliti meter on each battery and they all came in at 8.4-8.5 volts, and the entire string of batteries showed 51.2 volts. Cables are tight, so I guess the next thing to check is the solenoid.

Where do I find the solenoid and how do I check it? Cart ser #9943-818572 and the cord has a round plug with three prongs inside---if that helps. Thanks....,.FJN
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Unread 03-12-2009, 09:17 AM   #8
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Hey again sherco,
I think you are missing an letter at the beginning of the Serial Model Number ?
read this
What year is my cart - Serial number Guide for Electric Club Car Golf Carts
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Unread 03-12-2009, 09:44 AM   #9
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You're right. The first charachter in the serial number is---"A"
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Unread 03-12-2009, 11:50 AM   #10
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Your cart is getting newer by the day a 1999 insted of 1998.
The solinoid is just behind the passanger side seat and can be accessed through the Top rear service Panel behind the seats.
Wiring Diag Electric Club Car wiring diagrams third from the top.
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