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Unread 03-28-2011, 12:53 AM   #1
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Default Do I need a new spindle or what?

My rear wheel locked up!

I have a 1984 Club Car electric that I bought used 11 years ago.
I use it every day winter and summer.
We heat our house with an outdoor wood furnace.
I even keep the furnace going all summer, just to heat the hot water.
I cut wagon loads of wood and use the golf cart to pull them to the furnace.

I install tire chains in winter otherwise the tires just spin when we get freezing rain.
There really isn't enough clearance between the tire and the suspension,
so last fall I installed lug spacers that I bought on eBay.
They give an additional 1.5 inches of clearance.

My driver's side rear tire locked up today and started dragging.
I found that 3 of the lug bolts were missing completely,
and the fourth was disconnected from the spindle.
The lug bolt just rotates freely.
The lug nuts were still connected to the spacers.

Do I need a new spindle or what?
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Unread 03-28-2011, 01:32 AM   #2
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Default Re: Do I need a new spindle or what?

chances are your wheel studs were worn out so 1st i would try new studs.................................
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Unread 03-28-2011, 01:35 AM   #3
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Are new wheel studs hard to replace?
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Unread 03-28-2011, 01:40 AM   #4
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no they arn,t bad to do........................
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Unread 03-28-2011, 07:33 AM   #5
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Default Re: Do I need a new spindle or what?

On your older DS club Car the wheel studs are pressed through holes in the axle flange. You will likely need to remove the axle and replace the studs with new ones. Jack it up, pull the wheel, and slid the drum off to have a look. IF you decide to remove the axle you will need a very good pair of 90 degree C ring pliers.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 09:57 AM   #6
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Default Re: Do I need a new spindle or what?

Just a note here! Just do one side at a time or you will end up taking the differential apart also. Good luck! Joe
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