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Unread 12-31-2013, 12:22 PM   #1
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Default '91 CC V-Glide Wiper Arm Melted

A buddy and I were had just finished playing a round when he got on my cart and we went to find some friends who were still playing. About 7 holes later the cart quit. I could feel a little "want to" when I press the accelerator cable but had to get towed in.

Today, I removed the 3 batteries on the driver side and inspected the V-Glide. When I removed the cover it looked like the wiper arm contact melted and feel was not attached. The wiper arm is so melted I will have to get a new one.

I looked at the cabling. The little wire from the solenoid to the micro switch (where spliced together) was bare. Had been wrapped with tape.

When I go back out to the club I will get pictured to upload.

Could have the bare wire shorted against the frame and caused this? Or, for what ever reason could we have ridden the cart to hard and gotten arm to hot?
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Unread 12-31-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: '91 CC V-Glide Wiper Arm Melted

High amp draw and bad contact heats up the wire and melts stuff. Replace the Vglide and the damaged cable - you should be okay. ( unmodified carts only)
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Unread 12-31-2013, 01:59 PM   #3
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Default Re: '91 CC V-Glide Wiper Arm Melted

It was a brand new v-glide
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Unread 12-31-2013, 05:18 PM   #4
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Default Re: '91 CC V-Glide Wiper Arm Melted

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It was a brand new v-glide
Your cart is modified or used in a manner that makes the motor draw way more amperage than stock? Or there are electrical deficiencies that are causing the draw. Is the cart modified? How are you using it? How many people ride on it? What voltage are you running? Please answer all these Qs.
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Unread 01-01-2014, 12:53 PM   #5
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Default Re: '91 CC V-Glide Wiper Arm Melted

No modifications...

I use the cart for the golf course. Live in south GA so the course is relatively flat. I normally play with a group, but we own our own carts so I usually ride on the cart by myself....

36 volt system, just changed the resistors from the originals, added the new (now melted) v-glide, added new cables (4-gauge), new solenoid.

I did add a round volt meter, but I would not think that would have caused this problem. It is attached to battery 1 and 6 to get the 36 volt reading.

I have a new 36v to 12v convertor for a radio and a cigarette adapter. I have not wired it in yet! I only do one thing at a time so I do not have to trouble shoot tons of stuff.
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Unread 01-01-2014, 09:29 PM   #6
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Default Re: '91 CC V-Glide Wiper Arm Melted

When you replace it clean the connections and make sure they are good and secure. A bad connection is what causes overheating.
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Unread 01-02-2014, 12:13 PM   #7
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Default Re: '91 CC V-Glide Wiper Arm Melted

Shot in the dark here...for anyone.
Do the 4 gauge battery cables overload (allow more amps) to the rest of the 6 gauge cable system, especially the v-glide wiper contact, exceeding design specs?
Volt is correct - dirty/loose connection(s) will Chernobyl the system.
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Unread 01-02-2014, 03:09 PM   #8
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No. Heavy cables will not overload anything else! It's extra resistance near connections that causes them to overheat. Heavy gauge cables just run cooler. The Max current available to the motor goes up slightly but not such that it will run anything significantly hotter.
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Unread 01-02-2014, 03:14 PM   #9
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Default Re: '91 CC V-Glide Wiper Arm Melted

The smallest gauge wire in the series will get the hottest! Unfortunately it seems to be your V-Glide brush wire. Poor contact of the brush and the contacts will also create heat. The cart may have an excessive motor draw. I really can't tell you how to check for this unless you have an inline ammeter. You could try taking a voltage reading across your battery pack and driving the cart. The voltage going lower than 36v or so (once you're moving) would indicate an excessive draw.
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Unread 01-03-2014, 12:01 PM   #10
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Default Re: '91 CC V-Glide Wiper Arm Melted

I can make cables to check for draw. This is not a problem. It may be a couple of weeks before I check back with this thread. I have to order a new V-glide and put it in. I will also be checking to make sure that all connections are correct.
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