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Unread 12-13-2012, 11:04 PM   #1
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Default Do I need a controller? 1999 Club Car

Well here I am, I've never owned a golf cart in my life and I'm wondering what I got myself into. I knew the cart needed batteries and knew what they'd cost so I dove in. I hoped since the cart was in good shape cosmetically that there wouldn't be too much wrong with it. It's a 1999 48v Club Car, it has no accessories such as lights, no frills what-so-ever. I just want to hop in and putt down to the beach from my house. It had six 8v batteries and I was advised to switch to 4 12v ones, so I did. With the new batteries installed it goes down the road but very very slowly. Wierdly if I back up (toggle switch from forward to back) for a bit, and then stop and switch to forward it will go faster and then just drop back down to a crawl. That's not the only thing though. It won't accept a charge. I tested my charger with a neighbors cart and my charger registers with their Club Car just fine. When I plug the charger into my cart the charger clicks and the needle just sits there all the way to the left. I am told that my problem may be the controller located under a panel behind the seat. The controller is a silver color box that is a GE 48v 220amp. I've looked around and am not sure enough if I will be able to find a 220amp one. I MAY have found one on ebay just not sure if it is what I need, it looks... different than the one that's under the panel. How do I know if it's a controller that I need in the first place. What does it sound like the problem is to anyone here?
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Unread 12-13-2012, 11:28 PM   #2
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Default Re: Do I need a controller? 1999 Club Car

You do not need a controller.

Who gave you the advice on the bats, he needs a beating.

What kinda bats you get?

Do not run it anymore til you get it charging. At this point you will need a voltmeter to check your pack voltage. You also need to check your connections and you need to make sure its all connected properly (the bats and charging wires).

If the cart runs its not the controller. This sounds like bad wiring or bad bats or both.
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Unread 12-13-2012, 11:37 PM   #3
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Default Re: Do I need a controller? 1999 Club Car

Yes, that battery advice is horrible

Since your charger is fine, it must be the wiring in your cart.

If it needs new batts, go back to six 8 volts.
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Unread 12-13-2012, 11:44 PM   #4
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Default Re: Do I need a controller? 1999 Club Car

Uh - Oh why does the guy who gave me the battery change over advice need a beating?
The guy owns a business here; he sells cart batteries, tires and what-not and does some minor troubleshooting on carts. He used to sell carts but no longer does, so he just sells parts for carts. There is a cart repair place in the next town over. Maybe I should take it there. The batteries are fully charged though. Or at least the guy showed me that they were. When it went down the road slowly for him, he checked the charge with his meter. And they showed a full charge. (He checked them before putting them in as well) He's the one that thinks it's the controller but I wasn't sure enough about the guy to tell him to go ahead and put one in. The wires being bad is that a major repair?
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Unread 12-13-2012, 11:48 PM   #5
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Okay, go back to 6 8v. How come though? It doesn't have any accessories?
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Unread 12-13-2012, 11:49 PM   #6
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Oh wait, I'll have to wait till morning light to give you the brand of the bats.
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Unread 12-13-2012, 11:52 PM   #7
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Six 8volts will give you much longer run time between charges, and they will last 5-6 years, as 12v last 2-3 years.
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Unread 12-14-2012, 12:03 AM   #8
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Huh, well that little *#$*^!% told me just the opposite about the 12v system, that the 12v bats would hold a charge longer and wouldn't need replaced as often. Probably going to be stuck with the 12v's until they wear out. Ok to keep them for now?
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Unread 12-14-2012, 12:13 AM   #9
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At any rate, I'll get the wiring checked out before I run it again. I hope it's something that can be repaired and that it's worth it. So far I've put 600 into it initially and then 490 for batteries. How much is too much to spend getting it running considering the age of the cart?
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Unread 12-14-2012, 12:50 AM   #10
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That was probably bats the fooker had to be rid of, what a ***.
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