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Unread 04-11-2014, 09:38 AM   #1
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My name is Greg, and I am in Northern California. This is my first post. I recently bought a 1999 Club Car DS 48V series cart. F-R lever rather than rocker switch and no tow mode switch. The cart has been remanufactured from top to bottom, with almost every component being new. Transaxle, motor, all suspension and steering, batteries, wiring, etc. I have used it for about a dozen rounds of golf with no problems. Yesterday I was starting from a stop when the cart gave a small lurch, and wouldn't move in either direction. I hear a solenoid pick when I depress the pedal , and it makes a faint effort to move, but can't. I put it in neutral and towed it a quarter mile home, and put it up on blocks. With no load, it will turn the wheels slowly with a shudder of effort in either direction. I can't see any mechanical linkage problem. The battery pack shows 50.9 volts, with each battery testing at 8.48 or 8.49 volts. I suppose my next move is to open up the slice of pie shaped controller between the batteries that is connected to the pedal linkage. Just looking for some direction from some of you guys who obviously know these carts far better than I do. Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Unread 04-11-2014, 09:58 AM   #2
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. . . if you can, load test each battery and also check the SG of each cell in each battery . . . that is where I would start . . . also check all connections that they are clean/tight . . . a battery can appear to be "good", ie, full charge, but have a bad cell that brings down the whole pack under load . .


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Unread 04-11-2014, 10:03 AM   #3
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I had a cart that acted similarly. Ended up being a loose connection on one if the battery terminals.


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Unread 04-11-2014, 11:18 AM   #4
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I agree - these guys are steering you in the right direction. Check the battery pack first.
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Unread 04-11-2014, 04:19 PM   #5
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OK. I will check all cable connections at the batteries and also motor, etc. I will have some time this afternoon to chase it. I hope it is something that simple. I will post results tonight or tomorrow. Thanks, guys
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All cable connections at the battery, motor, and everywhere else are clean and tight. My only way to load test the batteries was to monitor voltage at each one when I throttle up the cart, and all were very good. I do get a strong battery acid smell when I throttle up the cart. The wheel turn, but slowly and noisily. Also, what I originally thought was the solenoid picking when I press the pedal is actually a micro-switch. I jumpered the solenoid with the same results. Are there tests I can do to isolate a component?
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Unread 04-15-2014, 03:03 PM   #7
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Well, this has been interesting. I have been chasing this problem for a couple of days. I got a hydrometer and checked all the batteries, no problems. I downloaded the manual and read the troubleshooting section. With the cart up on blocks, I still didn't have room to access several points, so I removed the canopy and the rear body. I did all the tests for won't move-solenoid clicks. Solenoid, F-R switch, controller, potentiometer, motor, etc. NTF. I did all tests for cart runs slow, and when I got to On Board Computer Lockout, I ran the tests and then tried the cart, and it worked fine. I have not put everything back together yet, but with no load, it is fine.
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Well, my cart is back to working like new. It now seems that all this monkey motion I went through could have been avoided by simply taking battery power away from the On Board Computer to reset it. That leaves me with the question: Why isn't that the first item on any troubleshooting checklist? I am carrying a 1/4" ratchet and 1/2" socket on the cart, so if it happens again, I won't be stranded. FOR ANYBODY WHO EXPERIENCE SIMILAR SYMPTOMS, YOUR FIRST MOVE SHOULD BE TO DISCONNECT AND RECONNECT THE BATTERY PACK. I hope my experience will save somebody else the headaches I went through.
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Well, my cart is back to working like new. It now seems that all this monkey motion I went through could have been avoided by simply taking battery power away from the On Board Computer to reset it. That leaves me with the question: Why isn't that the first item on any troubleshooting checklist? I am carrying a 1/4" ratchet and 1/2" socket on the cart, so if it happens again, I won't be stranded. FOR ANYBODY WHO EXPERIENCE SIMILAR SYMPTOMS, YOUR FIRST MOVE SHOULD BE TO DISCONNECT AND RECONNECT THE BATTERY PACK. I hope my experience will save somebody else the headaches I went through.
. . . what you describe as your "fix" actually points to a different problem . . .
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Unread 04-18-2014, 09:07 AM   #10
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Okay. What would the problem be?
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