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Unread 07-09-2012, 10:43 AM   #1
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Default New to me 85'

Hi everyone! Great resource you guys have here!! Few questions...

1. When I go to the Club Car site to try and download the manual it tells me the serial number I have is too short? Mine reads A8501-67960. Maybe it's because it's so old? They don't think ppl still want manuals for 85?! Where can I find one?

2. Went for a ride today and when I got home to park the cart it just stopped working on me. Solenoids still clicked, didn't see any wires that were loose or corroded so I left it alone for an hour. When I cam back it magically worked again. My guess is something *must* be loose for this to happen? Anything else to look for?

3. My parking break doesn't work (which is a real pain). It just doesn't lock in place.. can't get it to stick. Can someone direct me to a guide/link that shows how to fix this?

4. The battery's are allegedly brand new. When I got the cart the meter showed they were about half charged. Plugged it in over night and the next morning it was topped off. Since then (3 days) it hasn't dropped one tick on the meter. I'm wondering if I should still plug it in every night? Only plug it in once the meter gets to half? What's the best way to maintain these things so I don't need to buy another 6 in 12 months?! :)

Thanks ahead!!! Attaching a pic of the new ride.

Best!

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Unread 07-09-2012, 12:06 PM   #2
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I'm assuming it is a 36 volt resistor setup, that's what I have on my 87. You probably have one or more solenoids that have gone bad. When I got mine back in December it was missing 1st and 3rd speeds so I went ahead and replaced all 5 solenoids, microswitch box, resistors, brackets and buss bar. Since then I noticed it runs faster and stronger.
As for the park brake there is a toothed metal piece on the brake pedal mechanism that is probably worn, mine is starting to get pretty weak too. I would suggest getting both a service and parts manual, I got mine from diygolfcart.com for about $100.
As for the battery meter, if it's the stock one made into the dash, take it out and smash it with a hammer because they're inaccurate and garbage. I got a nice meter off amazon for about $40 that works great, Scottyb also has good ones available.
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Unread 07-10-2012, 12:39 PM   #3
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Wow, service and parts manual - $120!! I could get some nice accessories for that!! :)

Worth the investment though. I've never been mechanically inclined and I feel like this is a good first foray into that.

I need to find a jack set for the cart so I can properly work on it. Any recommendations on that?

I think you're right and I'll go ahead and replace all of the solenoids, but when I look at my cart it only has 3 resistors? I see on the diycart site that they have 5 different ones for 5 speeds? Am I missing some or should there only be three?

What are the "microswitch box, brackets and buss bar" you mention... sounds like something I should upgrade along with the sols/resistors.

Thanks!!
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Unread 07-10-2012, 08:43 PM   #4
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Wow, service and parts manual - $120!! I could get some nice accessories for that!! :)

Worth the investment though. I've never been mechanically inclined and I feel like this is a good first foray into that.

I need to find a jack set for the cart so I can properly work on it. Any recommendations on that?

I think you're right and I'll go ahead and replace all of the solenoids, but when I look at my cart it only has 3 resistors? I see on the diycart site that they have 5 different ones for 5 speeds? Am I missing some or should there only be three?

What are the "microswitch box, brackets and buss bar" you mention... sounds like something I should upgrade along with the sols/resistors.

Thanks!!
I have a 1.5 Ton floor jack i purchased from harbor freight and 2 sets of jack stands.
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Unread 07-10-2012, 09:21 PM   #5
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A simple floor jack and some cheap 2 ton jack stands will work fine. The cart only has 3 resistors for speeds 1-3, 4th speed is full batt power to the motor - no resistor. DIY is a great place for parts, for the resistors you want the 76-88 first, second and third speeds. I also replaced the four resistor mounting brackets and the buss bar, all listed here:
http://www.diygolfcart.com/club-car-resistor-s/141.htm
The microswitch box is connected to the go pedal and has a sliding shoe that activates micro switches as you push the pedal. The switches activate the solenoids to send power to the motor. I had several switches that were making intermittent contact, plus the shoe was completely worn out. Here's the part:
https://www.everythingcarts.com/p-21...-assembly.aspx
It's kind of a pain to replace, but not hard by any means, you do have to take out a few of the batteries though.
All in all, replacing all the solenoids, resistors and such is not a difficult task, just do the solenoids one at a time so you don't mix up the wires. If you want to send me a private message I will be glad to help you through the process!
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Unread 07-11-2012, 09:05 AM   #6
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I have a harbor freight not too far from me so I'll grab the jack and stands there (there stuff sure is cheap!)

Should I be upgrading the mounting board as well if I'm doing everything else? Not sure if that could be worn or not. Guessing that it should be fine so long as it's not corroded.

For the Microswitch Box. How did you know that some of the connections were making intermittent contact? I hate to replace something thats $100+ if I don't really need to.

Where can I find the parts to fix that parking break? I see the tooth like gear, but I don't see what on the break mechanism would click in (could be why the thing doesnt work! :)

Will the manual I ordered show the wiring to the solenoids? I can always take a picture and go one at a time.
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I left the mounting board as it seemed to be ok.
When I got my cart it was missing 1st and 3rd speeds so I replaced the solenoids first, but when that didn't fix it I had to do more investigating. I took the microswitch box out and tested the switches with a multimeter and found that the 3rd speed switch was making intermittent contact. 1st speed wouldn't work because the sliding shoe inside the box was worn down so much it wouldn't hit the switch.
As for the brake, I haven't dug into that yet but the service manual does cover it. It will also cover all the wiring, the only thing is it covers gas & electric with several variations so you have to do some searching to find the diagrams for your application.
I would suggest getting the parts manual also as it has more exploded diagrams.
I'm sure you've noticed the 36V isn't the quickest thing out there, and lots of folks on here are upgrading to 48V solid state control with bigger, badder motors. If that's the way you're looking to go you may not want to invest in the resistor setup. Personally I like the resistor setup as there are no expensive computer modules to go bad, and it's a really simple design. That's just too bad for the people with faster carts stuck behind me on the cart paths though...
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Unread 07-12-2012, 08:47 AM   #8
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I sucked it up and bought the manuals... **** near killed me! :)

I agree with you on the speed/ease of maintenance. Currently I'm getting about 14mph out of this thing, which I'm actually pretty pleased with. Hoping that upgrading the sols/resistors gets me a few mph bump. Anything north of 15 seems pretty good to me in an old *** golf cart! :)

Is 14mph normal for an old electric ds? I haven't checked the batteries yet as I don't own a multimeter (on order), but the last guy said he just put new ones in (you know how that goes) Deka Pro's or some ****... they look new, but I'm curious to test the load on them.

Can anyone direct me to a link/site that explains the proper way to test the voltage load on the cart?
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