lifted club cars - lifted ezgo
Home FAQDonate Who's Online
Go Back   Buggies Gone Wild Golf Cart Forum > Golf Cart Repair and Troubleshooting > Electric Club Car
Electric Club Car Electric DS, and Precedent golf cars



Post New Thread  Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
Unread 08-10-2010, 05:00 PM   #1
Not Yet Wild
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 4
Question Wonder if I should not drive cart till repair

Hi All,

I recently got a used ClubCar DS 2001 48V. Think it is a standard cart. A friend made me a little 'trailer hitch' for the cart and I was using it to move things on a rather hilly area. I think that I overloaded the trailer and my ClubCar - it slowed to total stop and other person in cart got out to help reduce weight and push it a bit - cart started back, but then was 'stinking' some, but continued to work fine. Later after taking trailer off I went back up this hill and ClubCar made it fine but sort of had electrical smell again. Any ideas if it is okay to continue to use? Any ideas of what I might have done or if I have permanently damaged? New to electric golf carts so any thoughts appreciated!

kim
KimK is offline   Reply With Quote
Alt Today
BGW

Golf car forum Sponsored Links

__________________
This advertising will not be shown in this way to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Buggies Gone Wild Golf Cart Forum
   
Unread 08-10-2010, 05:29 PM   #2
Stay thirsty my friends!
 
gornoman's Avatar
Mixed Breed
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Suburban Chicago
Posts: 25,034
Default Re: Wonder if I should not drive cart till repair

Kim, Welcome to BGW!

There's an old saying: If it smells like electrical, it's electrical. Your cart is overheating SOMEWHERE, and continued use will show you where. Now, you could run it till it fails, but the failure could cause damage to other components, or even lead to a fire. That battery pack contains an incredible amount of energy and needs to be respected.

Let the cart cool down for a few hours, then inspect all components and connections for signs of heat damage. DO NOT OPERATE THE CART until you know what's going on.
gornoman is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-10-2010, 09:07 PM   #3
Not Yet Wild
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 4
Default Re: Wonder if I should not drive cart till repair

Gomoman -- Thanks so much for your advice. I started looking and it is the oddest thing. It seems that the red cable heading off to the controller I guess was 'loose' on the terminal - the nut doesn't seem to quite fit right and maybe had been crossthreaded or something - not sure -but the wires are lose and the post is almost melted away ... just a bit of metal holding in on. I wonder if that can be repaired or if I have to buy a new battery? Likely with the big load I was drawing a lot of amps through there and it melted because the connection wasn't tight? So - should I get the battery replaced and just see how it goes from there? I might call a place called battery doctor as I have heard that if you change one battery you should change them all -maybe they can fix the post - hopefully!

Thanks for advice on this - does my plan sound okay??

kim
KimK is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-10-2010, 09:26 PM   #4
Gone Wild
 
golfcarfixer's Avatar
Club Car
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: DELAWARE
Posts: 2,656
Default Re: Wonder if I should not drive cart till repair

You are overworking the car,sounds like you are burning the controller.Its just a matter of time before you finish it.
golfcarfixer is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-10-2010, 09:32 PM   #5
Moderator
 
rib33024's Avatar
E-Z-GO
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: FT Lauderdale FL.
Posts: 13,159
Default Re: Wonder if I should not drive cart till repair

Yes you can repair the battery-click on the link

You need to check all your cables to make sure they are clean and tight, and that cart was not made to pull a heavy load up a hill till it stops like that



http://www.buggiesgonewild.com/batte...nal-repair.php

'
'
'
'
'
'
'
rib33024 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-10-2010, 09:39 PM   #6
Stay thirsty my friends!
 
gornoman's Avatar
Mixed Breed
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Suburban Chicago
Posts: 25,034
Default Re: Wonder if I should not drive cart till repair

What brand batteries are in the cart?
gornoman is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-11-2010, 02:03 AM   #7
Not Yet Wild
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 4
Default Re: Wonder if I should not drive cart till repair

batteries are Trojans - not sure of the model number, will need to check. the cart in general seemed to have a lot of power and i have pulled other things with it with no problem but perhaps i shouldn't use it this way at all? i have it on a water-access only island and use to run between places on my property and to move things about. several other neighbors use similar carts in similar ways- but perhaps i should not use it this way. how would i know if the only problem is a battery problem, or if there is other damage? i did find a local battery doctor that will put an 'automotive post' on and then a marine adapter to give me a post to put connectors on. thanks for the link to repair site, but maybe a bit more complicated than i am ready for - don't have a tap set and don't want to screw up the battery (already done enough damage!).

again - thank you all for your assistance - first electric cart i have owned
KimK is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 08-11-2010, 07:20 PM   #8
The Last Moja Morani
 
shadowman's Avatar
Club Car
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: jumping from cart to cart
Posts: 8,975
Default Re: Wonder if I should not drive cart till repair

you might want to check all your other cables while your at it look for any that look burnt arount the connections thats a good indication of a lot of heat there for some reason.......................................
shadowman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
club car ds 2001, electric
Go Back   Buggies Gone Wild Golf Cart Forum > Golf Cart Repair and Troubleshooting > Electric Club Car


Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Cart repair shop Gas Club Car
87 gasser backfires/no start ran great till now Gas EZGO
F/S Lifted Yamaha Gas Golf Cart!!! till sunday !!! CHEAP! Golf Carts and Parts
93 Runs great till warmed up Gas Club Car


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:48 PM.


Club Car Electric | EZGO Electric | Lifted Golf Carts | Gas EZGO | Used Golf Carts and Parts

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.