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Unread 07-30-2009, 01:56 PM   #31
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I was worried about blowing my meter up so I removed the white wires and the one end of the resistor wire on the solenoid and the solenoid has continuity when it energizes. I reinstalled the resistor wire and the white wires. There is another solenoid on the right side of the machine. It has the red battery supply wire and a yellow wire that goes to the box in the center of the machine. What is it for? If you jump from the red wire to the yellow wire it just archs like there is a dead short. Is that right? I don't see any other wire that can power the electrical system except for that red wire and it isn't going anywhere except to that one side of that solenoid. ??????
I copuld be wrong......But, not everybody is cut out for electronic diagnostics.... Unfortunately the cart you have is One of the most complicated designs IMHO. The little box in the middle is either the OBC or the Controller either way it costs hundreds of dollars. If you keep randomly jumping this and shorting out that pretty soon you will be buying both a computer and a controller for this cart.... It might be best to seek professional help with this? I'm jus sayin
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Unread 07-30-2009, 04:32 PM   #32
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Actually I completely understand what you are saying. However I am pretty good at things like this. The wires I jumped that arced are two wires that will close a circuit when this solenoid energizes. The wires I removed to check the other solenoid had 48 volts on them. If I would have used my VOM on OHMs the voltage might have blown the meter. That's why I disconnected the wires. Can someone tell me what the solenoid on the right side of my cart, that has a red wire directly from the battery on one lug and a yellow wire on the other lug that goes to the Box in the center is for? Those are the wires that will arc when you jump them and I don't think they should. Thanks
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OK the Solenoid can still click and have no continuity !
After it clicks check it with the meter set to Ohms it should drop to 0 if not it is bad.

After this it gets hairy and you really need the Maintenance/Service manual
I will post the troubleshooting procedure here to show you why .
All test procedures are spelled out in the manual but there are more than 40 procedures.
You can buy a new or used manual on line or from the site sponsors, normally running between $25-$75 .
Suggestion go buy the repair/service manual !!!!
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Unread 07-30-2009, 08:25 PM   #34
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Actually I completely understand what you are saying. However I am pretty good at things like this. The wires I jumped that arced are two wires that will close a circuit when this solenoid energizes. The wires I removed to check the other solenoid had 48 volts on them. If I would have used my VOM on OHMs the voltage might have blown the meter. That's why I disconnected the wires. Can someone tell me what the solenoid on the right side of my cart, that has a red wire directly from the battery on one lug and a yellow wire on the other lug that goes to the Box in the center is for? Those are the wires that will arc when you jump them and I don't think they should. Thanks
Okay but, you don't even know what the components are that you are testing? How can you know that you will not damage them by all of this not wire jumping?
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Unread 07-30-2009, 10:47 PM   #35
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I have a repair manual coming now. I thought someone here could tell me what the solenoids did. That seems unlikely for some reason so I got the manual. Thanks for your time and help.
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Unread 07-30-2009, 10:52 PM   #36
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We tried to help but honestly the IQ carts are a SOB. CC just made them way to complicated to be functional beyond the warrantee ... I have one myself that we have changed everything in it and it still can't run out Good luck with yours.
And please let us know what you find out and how. Maybe you can teach us how to fix this one?
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I will let you know what I figure out. I didn't know these things were that bad to fix. If all else fails there is a shop that is suppose to be real good on Club Cars about 30 miles from me. May have to have them fix it. Thanks again
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Unread 07-30-2009, 11:36 PM   #38
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Good luck there too. Mines been to the dealer twice, no luck????
See '03 IQ is a still a Nightmare
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I got my cart to run this morning. I found out I was checking the wrong solenoid. The one with the white wires and resistor wrap is not the main solenoid. The main solenoid is the one with the red and yellow wire and the one that seemed to arc when I tried to jump it. The arc was not a short but just the high current spark caused when the motor was trying to run. Not sure if anyone knew which solenoid is which but that was why I kept asking about the wire colors. Anyway the red and yellow wired solenoid is the main solenoid. If I jump it the motor runs and accelerates with the throttle. Now I have to figure out if the solenoid is bad or not powering up. With all the floating voltage readings I keep getting I am going to go to Radio Shack and buy a 40/50 volt DC light bulb and make a test light to make checking easy and more fool proof. I'll post back my findings. Thanks again for the help.
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All carts without a run/tow switch the main Solenoid connects to the Ignition SW.
Carts with a run/tow switch the main solenoid connects to the run/tow SW.

I believe this is always the case !
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