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Unread 07-27-2013, 09:51 PM   #1
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Default Club Cart 48 volt Solenoid-diode wiring

Need help with diode orientation. Which side does the band of diode need to be on this solenoid? Large terminal on left side of solenoid is coming from the positive dc from batteries.

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Unread 07-27-2013, 10:05 PM   #2
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Unread 07-28-2013, 12:25 AM   #3
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Normally the yellow wire is negative on CC. In your picture the banded end of the diode would be towards the small red and the white w/ black wires... see my install diagram below for more info.
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Thanks scottyb explains my answer better than I could!!

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Unread 07-28-2013, 01:00 AM   #5
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Thank you sir. Much appreciated. I understand the band needs to go on the positive side but I didn't know how to determine that.
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Thank you sir. Much appreciated. I understand the band needs to go on the positive side but I didn't know how to determine that.
. . . per ScottyB's above post "In your picture the banded end of the diode would be towards the small red and the white w/ black wires" . . .
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There is lots of confusion about the + or - side of the solenoid.... the fact is this: there is no + or - side on the solenoid.
That's right, the solenoid itself is not + or -.
You decide by where you attach the + and - solenoid activation wires. The activation wires are the small wires.
Both of the big battery cables are +.

One of the small activation wires is + and the other small wire is -.

The diode simply follows your choice. Banded end goes towards the + activation wire.

Putting it on backwards creates a dead short which results in blown micro switches most of the time.

I hope this helps
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Easy way to tell your + and - on your small terminals is to engage the solenoid. ( key on, F - R in F or R, pedal down just enough to hear the solenoid click ) With your multimeter, measure dc voltage across both small terminals. Now reverse the leads. One way you will see a voltage reading. The other, you will have a " - " before your reading. You want to use the reading that has no " - " before it to show you which terminal is which. Where you have your leads placed ( + and - ) will be which terminals are + and -. A lot of times someone has rewired things and not used the original color for the wires. Using this method will always show the terminal polarity!
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Unread 07-28-2013, 04:13 PM   #9
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Awesome! Great tip
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Have 48 volt club car ds 4 terminal solenoid with S and I on small post how do I tell what is positive or negative or where to attach switch wire versus controller thanks
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