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Unread 06-17-2009, 01:19 PM   #21
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I always use a simple pump oil can with spout attached, may have to fill small can several times but at least its simple to install oil that way. Only problem is that fingers may require some rest before full.
Proper lub for differentials seems to be debateable? I have drained electric and gas carts when newer and found in most cases 30 weight motor oil rather than 80-90 gear oil? Local dealers say 80-90 in ALL CASES? I could see for HD usage maybe BUT??
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Unread 06-17-2009, 02:18 PM   #22
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I always use a simple pump oil can with spout attached, may have to fill small can several times but at least its simple to install oil that way. Only problem is that fingers may require some rest before full.
Proper lub for differentials seems to be debateable? I have drained electric and gas carts when newer and found in most cases 30 weight motor oil rather than 80-90 gear oil? Local dealers say 80-90 in ALL CASES? I could see for HD usage maybe BUT??
EXPERTS WHAT DOES CLUB CAR COMPANY RECOMMEND?
Good point Old Mec...

What I posted was a copy and paste from a Club Car 1997 Maintenance Service Supplement for DS Golf Cars Gasoline/Electric. I'm sure most CC dealers and/or technicians have their own opinions on this as well.
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Unread 06-17-2009, 02:40 PM   #23
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I do no know what rear-end lubricant Club Car recommends but....
Regular motor oil would likely suffice in a golf cart rear end because of:
1) The lack of severe loading.
2) Low average mileage.
3) Lack of hypoid type gears. (Gears with sliding surfaces)
Many motorcycle transmissions have always had transmissions that share the engine oil. These high power, high speed transmissions do not suffer from using motor oil.
Expense: A manufacturer can save money by installing and recommending a less expensive oil as long as it meets the requirements of the application.

So....What does it all mean? Well many people like overkill when it comes to lubricants and therefore tout expensive and exotic lubricants. I tend to be that way myself sometimes. On the other hand I see no reason to use API GL-5 rated hypoid gear oil that's made for severe duty trucks and buses in a Club Car. A gear oil on the lower end of the API scale would be fine. I don't think you will run into trouble with either lubricant on a golf cart application.
In my opinion it is more important to change the oil more often if the cart is exposed to severe driving conditions that may contaminate the oil like extreme dust or deep water driving.
On another subject. The vicosity ratings for gear oil are not directly comparable to motor oil ratings. For example 75W90 gear oil is the same as 10W40 motor oil.
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Unread 06-17-2009, 02:40 PM   #24
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I just changed the fluid on my 1992 Electric CC. After draining, I started the fill with a new quart of 5W-30 (32oz), and a small filler tube that I made to fit into the upper fill plug.
Edited: I did not use 5W-30, but rather straight SAE 30 oil.!!!!!!!
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