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Unread 08-13-2014, 12:11 PM   #1
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I just bought a 1989 36v club car. It has little to know power in reverse. In forward it runs great on flat ground but struggles with hills. The batteries hold charge and I can get 18 holes on about half charge. Where should I start or is this normal for an older cart?
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Unread 08-13-2014, 12:27 PM   #2
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I just bought a 1989 36v club car. It has little to know power in reverse. In forward it runs great on flat ground but struggles with hills. The batteries hold charge and I can get 18 holes on about half charge. Where should I start or is this normal for an older cart?
The older carts used 18v for reverse operation. On the bottom of the F&R are 2 (+) feed cables, one (red) connects to the battery pack main (+) 36v. this is for forward operation..... the other (green) connects to the battery(+) in the middle of the pack= 18v for reverse. MOve this cable to the next battery (+) post for 24v operation, or the next for 30v operation. Or simply loop it to the other F&R bottom post where the red cable (36v) is connected to try 36v reverse.

If you like it you can fashion yourself a copper buss bar between the 2 bottom lugs and use the one red 36v source.


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Unread 08-15-2014, 09:31 AM   #3
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I found the wire that goes to the reverse side of the switch and moved it to another battery and it works great! I can easily back up my driveway now, thanks for the tip. Does anyone have any ideas on why it would struggle to climb hills in forward? It runs great on flat ground, 11-12mph consistently even at half charge. When I get to a hill it slows right down and barely climbs it.
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1. Hill is a relative term - slowing on hills is normal electric cart operation
2. larger hills will slow the cart more
3. weak batteries will slow the cart much more on hills.

Solution = install a digital battery meter and watch the voltage drop as you drive uphill. If the reading drops more than 6v you may have a battery problem.
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