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Unread 08-29-2010, 09:56 AM   #11
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Sniffing around under the seat, the strongest smell of burnt thermoset plastic is in the area of the controller. I say this with only 60% confidence, since the incident that ending the carts running happened two days ago. I do not SEE any burnt wires or discolored conections. Two fuses in the area are good.

With the back wheels off the ground, I checked the the solenoid by waiting until it clicked (run mode, Forward, hit throttle, solenoid clicks), and then I shorted across high current posts with a big screwdriver. The posts are very close to each other. No change, no motor. The headlights are bright, and I still show 50 volts across the whole battery pack.

Does anyone know if the Curtis controller I identified above is original equipment or aftermarket?
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Unread 08-29-2010, 11:53 AM   #12
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Sounds like a controller issue to me... the numbers you listed are for a stock controller.
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Unread 08-29-2010, 12:06 PM   #13
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Are the used controllers on Ebay for about $190 a bad risk?
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Unread 08-29-2010, 12:31 PM   #14
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The same thing happened to me before and it was a controller. Everything on Ebay is a risk but if you can talk to the seller, most of those are taken off of stock carts for a bigger controller upgrade and would be fine but who knows what you are getting. I personally would just buy a new one with a warranty but i'm not a gambler.
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Unread 08-29-2010, 12:34 PM   #15
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i,m betting they smoked the controller.................................
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Unread 08-29-2010, 06:36 PM   #16
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The same thing happened to me before and it was a controller. Everything on Ebay is a risk but if you can talk to the seller, most of those are taken off of stock carts for a bigger controller upgrade and would be fine but who knows what you are getting. I personally would just buy a new one with a warranty but i'm not a gambler.
I agree, but FYI most dealers will not give a warranty at all with any electronic parts unless they do the installation.
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Unread 08-29-2010, 08:25 PM   #17
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Do you think the 250 amp rating on the stock controller is adequate? My friend was going up a hill when it stopped. It's a big step from a used controller on Ebay for $190 to a new Curtis controller for $500, unless I am not aware of some better deals out there.

Has anyone ever fixed a controller by taking it apart and installing new Mosfets?
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Unread 08-29-2010, 09:46 PM   #18
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Do you think the 250 amp rating on the stock controller is adequate? My friend was going up a hill when it stopped. It's a big step from a used controller on Ebay for $190 to a new Curtis controller for $500, unless I am not aware of some better deals out there.

Has anyone ever fixed a controller by taking it apart and installing new Mosfets?
Yes I think it's plenty adequate... Used works fine, if it's a good part. There's really nothing written in stone as to how long it will last, but that stands true for new electronics as well. I've never personally repaired one of these controllers but I'm sure someone out there has. There's plenty of electronics companies who remanufacture these things and sell them. I'd love to know how to do it. It would be a wonderful way to add a little extra cash to my pocket.
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