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Unread 08-24-2011, 09:20 PM   #1
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Default 36v club car solenoid problem

I just bought a 1981 36v club car for a really good deal but I have noticed that when in neutral and start pressing the gas I only have 4 clicks I would like to make sure it is a solenoid and how to figure out which one. Also are these something I can buy at a local auto parts store. I don't think so being 36v but never hurts to ask. I don't have any golf cart stores close to me at all. I know the first click is master and then I press it more and second click wheels start turning and a tad more and another click and still turning and then one more click and still turning. Then move the pedal the rest of the way to the floor and no more clicks and wheels still turning.
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Unread 08-24-2011, 09:26 PM   #2
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Hold your foot on the brake just enough to stop the cart..... With each click the car should have a sudden burst of power. If you're holding the brakes loose enough, the burst will overpower your pedal and you'll have to press harder. This is an easy way to tell which solenoid isn't providing that "Burst" However, if you're only getting three clicks it may be a microswitch problem. Lift the seat and turn the key off. Depress the pedal slowly and make sure you hear five clicks coming from the slide-box. If you do, Put the F&R Switch in neutral and hold the limit switch up with your finger. This will allow the solenoids to click when you press the pedal, but the cart won't run. This should make it easier to distinguish which one doesn't respond to the slide box. Once you've determined which one it is, Put your multimeter across the two small posts of that solenoid. If it's getting voltage it's a bad solenoid. If it's not, it's a bad micro in the slide box.
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Unread 08-24-2011, 09:48 PM   #3
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Default Re: 36v club car solenoid problem

Okay I did not try to the brake pedal route but with the key on and in neutral if I use my digitial volt meter with the black lead on the 6th battery negative and hold my postive lead on the solenoids. If I hold it to the small stud that has the wire that comes from the slide box the fourth solenoid from the left is the only one I don't get power at. The rest of them when I touch the gas pedal I have 38.2 volts.
I will try it in the morning with the key of tomorow and see how many clicks I have. I am not sure were the limit swith is to try to hold up.
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Unread 08-25-2011, 08:18 AM   #4
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Okay with the key of I only have 4 clicks so I guess that means something in the slide box is bad what ever the real name is for it. I am not sure if it is something I can take apart and see something inside of it that actually goes bad that I can fix.
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Default Re: 36v club car solenoid problem

They are 2 tab micro switches.
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Unread 08-25-2011, 08:49 AM   #6
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That is what is inside the box that the gas pedal rod hooks to that slides is 5 micro switches inside there.
Okay I took the box apart and see the switch that is bad I am going to get one and see how that works.
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Unread 08-25-2011, 08:52 AM   #7
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yes, one for each solenoid.
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Unread 08-25-2011, 10:43 AM   #8
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Okay I replaced the micro switch and know have five clicks but still when I use the voltmeter and touch the little stud on the solenoid that has the wires that come fom the micrro switches. I have 38 volts at all of the solenoids when I press the gas pedal except the fourth one from the left.
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Unread 08-25-2011, 10:45 AM   #9
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I also bought a club car key when I ran up the street and got the switch the guy said he lost the key. So he just wired the two wires together went to try the key and go figure old key is broke off in the switch about 1/8" in is there any way to get it out.
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Check wiring and make sure it's got a good connection. Check it at different points to see where the break in the circuit is located.
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