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Unread 08-20-2009, 08:43 PM   #1
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Question New golf cart is howling???

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I just bought a 2000 Club Car electric golf cart (sight unseen) and got it home. It is a 36 volt and I am super pleased with the cart except I noticed a howl (that is the best way I can describe it) in the rear end whenever you start driving. Is this normal or does anybody have any ideas what that noise could be. Thanks!
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Unread 08-20-2009, 08:46 PM   #2
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Probably the motor bushings are worn out. Just hope that there isn't ant damage to the input shaft. Take it to a repair shop that knows how to fix it - it is not uncommon for this to happen

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There is a differential that requires oil. Sometimes the gears will whine when they go dry. Sometimes a rock or something will knock a hole in the cover.
However, Mike is probably correct, it probably is motor noise....
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There is a Club Car DS at our campground that sounds like a 747 going around the roads. It's REALLY loud. I feel sorry for the cart!
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Unread 08-21-2009, 01:23 AM   #5
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Probably the motor bushings are worn out. Just hope that there isn't ant damage to the input shaft. Take it to a repair shop that knows how to fix it - it is not uncommon for this to happen
Thanks for the responses. Mike, how expensive of a repair are we looking at if that is the case? I paid $1,400 for the cart with 2 year old batteries. Just wondering if I got snookered.
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Unread 08-21-2009, 03:32 AM   #6
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Thanks for the responses. Mike, how expensive of a repair are we looking at if that is the case? I paid $1,400 for the cart with 2 year old batteries. Just wondering if I got snookered.
I'll guess you should get away with a couple of hours of shop time... and the bearing is inexpensive. Hopefully that is all it is? I would check the rear end oil first. There is a fill hole half way up the differential. (30w motor oil)
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There is a differential that requires oil. Sometimes the gears will whine when they go dry. Sometimes a rock or something will knock a hole in the cover.
However, Mike is probably correct, it probably is motor noise....
Check the rear differential first , Bearings 2nd
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