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Unread 10-31-2007, 11:53 AM   #1
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Default Another new guy screwing up his cart..Help!

Just bought a '98 club car 48 volt. Following somebody else's lead told me if I upgrade the cables it helps increase power without investing in a new controller. So having access to 1/0 welding cable I figure that ought to beef it up. I did all of the connecting batteries and the cable from the battery to the solenoid, although when I went to connect to the solendoid there was a spark. Now it wont move forward or reverse it act like it wants to move just no power. Did I short out the solenoid? Is there a fuse I can check? or did I short out the controller. Furthermore what should be disconeccted in order to make these upgrades without shorting something out?

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Unread 10-31-2007, 11:55 AM   #2
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Oh.... I also put the original cables back on and still nothing!
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Unread 10-31-2007, 04:46 PM   #3
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Default Re: Another new guy screwing up his cart..Help!

acts like it wants to move but no power, that symptom is usually a bad solenoid, is it possible you twisted a post while installing wires?
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Unread 10-31-2007, 06:43 PM   #4
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I dont believe I twisted a post but when I attached the last cable to the solenoid it sparked so it might of came in contact with the opposite post (negative side?) or wires. I will try a new solenoid, what should I disconnect first do I don't do anymore damage?
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Unread 10-31-2007, 06:45 PM   #5
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You can get a new 48V solenoid from of our site sponsors;

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Unread 10-31-2007, 06:48 PM   #6
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Does your car have a tow/run switch? If so simply put it in tow, if not, you shouldn't have had a spark unless you had keyswitch on, car in gear, and pedal depressed...


the reason i say solenoid is, there is a resistor across the solenoid that charges the controllers capacitor to make it start smoothly, if the solenoid goes out it will just bump once and not go....
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Unread 10-31-2007, 06:58 PM   #7
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That is exactly what it does!!!!! You are good!!
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Unread 10-31-2007, 07:01 PM   #8
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Oh.... also no there is not a tow switch that I am aware of unless I am just not looking in the right spot! I don't believe the key was on or any of those other factors???? And yes I will be inquiring with the site sponsors for a new solenoid!
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Unread 10-31-2007, 10:44 PM   #9
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That is exactly what it does!!!!! You are good!!
I had a good teacher :-)
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Unread 10-31-2007, 10:46 PM   #10
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How big of an arc did you get? A little spark like a snap n pop, or was it more like a loud bang similar to a small firecracker?
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