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Old 09-11-2009, 11:40 AM   #1
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I just joined the forum yesterday & bought our old electric Club Cart a week or 2 ago

One reason i bought the electric i liked the idea, the other he told me he replaced the complete brake system Stopping is good! He said he spent $350.00 on that

My 6 volt batteries are old, i gave them a 12 hour charge after filling then with distilled water it worked ok after that, gave it a 3 hour charge the last time

My wife said it needed another charge so i backed it up not much power
felt a drag like brakes, would think brakes catching?
there was no drag when i went forward the power was better but you could it needed a charge, small inclines tell the tale

Have many of You have started with electric carts and then gone to gas?
I know if i spent the money for 5 new batteries the 6th is near new things would be better, in Minnesota the cart would sit idle through the winter not the best for batteries

I found an article on the net about improper charging is the major cause for battery failure

So what i'm getting at would i be better off selling the electric get my $400 back and get a gas cart for our type of use

We only drive on our property, there's no long distances traveled

We have an acre, my wife like the clean air advantage of the electric because if breathing problem. I wouldn't think a gas would be that big of a problem for her? maybe i'm wrong?

Here's the usage of the cart, you load up the cart drive 60 feet at times, the other gardens 160 feet away maybe 220 feet at the most these are One Way distances there might be three trips that day

The cart is not used every day, it has seem more use then she originally though it would, now with the dump wheel barrow i got that will be turned into a trailer that will be tagging along and hauling heavy supplies at times

Any suggestions about our type of usage of a golf cart would be Welcome

Thanks
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Old 09-11-2009, 01:00 PM   #2
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Default Re: Used for garden & around the yard only

I've owned gas and electric carts, both require maintenance attention. In my experience gas carts do take less effort however with the relative slow speeds that carts are driven at, the exhaust is very noticeable because your not traveling fast enough to get away from it. So, given your wife's breathing problems I would definitely stay w/electric carts. I would suggest you have someone give your cart a good going over mechanically to get it a good bill of health and then give yourself a little time to get over the new owner learning curve.

Welcome, I'm a newbie also.
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Old 09-11-2009, 02:45 PM   #3
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Welcome to the both of you!
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Old 09-11-2009, 03:13 PM   #4
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gardencart,

Club Cars are factory wired to run on 18V (half the battery pack) in reverse. That may explain the low power / dragging feeling in reverse.

Welcome to the forum.

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My wife said it needed another charge so i backed it up not much power
felt a drag like brakes, would think brakes catching?
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Old 09-11-2009, 09:45 PM   #5
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I did notice that they go slower in reverse before the binding

the brake shoes were replaced i'm wondering if something is out of adjustment or loose

brakes works fine in forward although i noticed the park brake didn't hold on a a steeper incline, normally it hold ok

getting to know the cart better will help

I still need to remove & clean all the cables and the battery posts

the gas issue i guess trying out one would help before buying one & the fumes that would be an issue for sure

Thanks guys

p.s. just read some threads how long you can run on a charge

maybe you can clear up a few things

I don't but if i did use my cart for golf, 18 holes and some running around the course on a charge then you charge it or should be able to go golfing again on the same charge

I do not know what is expected out of a charge for normal use

Thanks for any answers on this question

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Old 09-11-2009, 10:41 PM   #6
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In order to solve any battery charging problems you have to start with the batteries and it sounds as though you have some that are on the sick list. I see no alternate other than new batteries. Can you come back and post the year of the club car. with a $400. purchase price what kind of charger did you get. It should shut off by itself when the batteries are fully charged but I doubt they are reaching that point due to age & condition. Those dragging brakes have to be re-adjusted as they should turn free. If you replace batteries replace all 6 not just 5. Good luck & welcome to the forum.
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:43 AM   #7
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Thanks for the tips

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In order to solve any battery charging problems you have to start with the batteries and it sounds as though you have some that are on the sick list. I see no alternate other than new batteries. Can you come back and post the year of the club car. with a $400. purchase price what kind of charger did you get. It should shut off by itself when the batteries are fully charged but I doubt they are reaching that point due to age & condition. Those dragging brakes have to be re-adjusted as they should turn free. If you replace batteries replace all 6 not just 5. Good luck & welcome to the forum.
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