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Unread 11-13-2007, 06:20 PM   #1
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Default Club Car will not go

I have a 2000 electric Club Car (48 volts) that just quit. Will not go in forward or reverse. I checked the F/R switch and 50 volts is on both sides of the switch. Even took it out and cleaned it. Then looked at the solonoid and found that the voltage across the contacts was the same 50 volts, but when the accelerator is pressed which operates the solonoid the voltage on the output side of the solonoid goes to about 8 volts. This is off the yellow wire that goes to the controller. Other side of the solonoid comes from the battery so there seems to be a short somewhere.

Could there be a short in the controller or the motor? Possible the controller has failed.

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Unread 11-13-2007, 07:24 PM   #2
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It sounds like your solenoid has failed... there is a resistor across the post that slowly charges the capacitor in your controller, so sitting still you should have equal voltage or about .5 less voltage than the red side. When you engage the f/r pedal you make the path through the solenoid the path for current, and the resistor can not pass enough voltage to power your car.

Two tests.

1.) when you push the pedal does it lightly bump, like it wants to go, but then just stops almost automatically... if so, that is your capacitor being emptied and not re-filling.

2.) jack the rear of the car up, have someone push the pedal down with everything on. With your multimeter set to 200 dc, put your probes on the two small posts on the solenoid. You should get 48 or more volts, if so, definately find you a solenoid, and make sure when you go back together you rewire the diode EXACTLY the same as the current one.
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Unread 11-15-2007, 07:56 PM   #3
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Phasetim was exactly right. I replaced the solonoid and everything is back to normal. Thanks for your help. Good explanation of what was going on.
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Unread 11-15-2007, 08:34 PM   #4
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No problem, I see that about 3 or 4 times a month. When you go through 30 or so cars a week you see it all.
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Unread 01-06-2008, 09:35 PM   #5
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PhaseTim: I'm in the same boat and wanted to learn more about the statement you made about putting the resister back the same way it was. I don't get a click when I hit the pedal and noticed the resister wire is almost burnt off, and the solenoid has a crack in it, so I am replacing the solenoid and the resister.
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Unread 01-07-2008, 08:45 AM   #6
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Petekerwien-- you car is a totally different beast... I replied to the other thread though..
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