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Unread 11-25-2008, 04:36 PM   #1
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OK I am begining to work on carts. I was getting some tools together on Sunday and began to wonder- what would be the ideal kit to check out carts?
My carts are about an hour away from my home and I would prefer not to take my whole garage with me-

Basicaly what would you consider to be the optimum kit - emergency and general repair?
basic wrenches and sockets- voltage meter, connectors,?
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Unread 11-25-2008, 04:42 PM   #2
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Default Re: what basic tools should I start with?

I can't work on a cart without my whole shop........
But we would have to know what type and age cart and what work you were planning on doing. I wouldn't bring a pickle fork for an oil change? And I wouldn't need my voltmeter for a lift kit?
But......I would need refreshment for either job
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Unread 11-25-2008, 04:46 PM   #3
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Ezgo- marathon- early ninties I think and that is dangerous)- just found out where to look for serial numbers
36 volt
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Unread 11-25-2008, 04:59 PM   #4
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Okay.....and what are you going to do to it?
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Unread 11-25-2008, 05:10 PM   #5
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Default Re: what basic tools should I start with?

Well I just do not know what I am gonna break first- Anything I touch will eventually break- I have been known to push things to the limit

How about a general emergency kit- I will have my sockets, wrenches- allen wrenches, screw drivers

I know I am buying a voltage tester-
what else
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Unread 11-25-2008, 09:38 PM   #6
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I haven't seen an allen head on an E-Z-Go yet
Make sure your multimeter is digital
Get some aligator clips and some 16g wire to make jumpers for diagnostics
Old clothes for working on batteries
Distilled water and a funnel
Flashlight
Electrical tape
Wire crimpers and connectors
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Unread 11-25-2008, 10:07 PM   #7
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very cool thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
that is exactly what I would have never thought of
thanks again
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Unread 11-25-2008, 10:25 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forum Spots....................
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Unread 11-25-2008, 11:25 PM   #9
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1st and foremost is a good voltage meter, a battery load tester, a hydrometer, a good wire brush a roll of duct tape........1/4 inch socket set with a 6 inch extension a 3/8 socket set.........2 sets of wrenches 1 sae from 1/4 to 5/8 1 metric from 7mm to 17mm ........a few of each flathead and phillips screwdrivers...a good pair of wire strippers and a pair to cut battery cables, a pair of dykes, needlenose pliers vice grips and needle nose vice grips. if your doing gas and elec. you,ll want a compression gage and a 12 volt test light.....a portable battery charger and a portable compressor..........these are the basics but as you do carts and get to know them if someone gives you an idea of whats wrong you can almost guess at what to take with you.......i have a small bag and when i do a road call i take what i,ll need to diagnose it and than worry about what i,ll need to fix it once i know what parts i need if any........try and keep some 6 gage cable also.......make yourself a solenoid jumper and you,ll need a battery strap to lift the batts out if needed......cripes i could go on forever.....also wrap your tools in either liquid rubber or duct tape like your rachett handle and your wrenches just leave uncovered the part you need to work this way if you slip you have a lot less of a chance of arching something and causing more damage...........and always disconnect the main battery cables and tape ends up and secure out of the way and put cart in tow if it has a run/tow switch...........i hope this sheds a little light...........oh almost forgot depending on how many carts your gonna work on spend some money on service manuals beleive me you,ll thank me when they save your butt over and over again.......i,m not shy about admitting that after 5 years i have a lot of money tied up in manuals and i don,t regret it one bit they have helped me time wise and testing things in the right order and right way to many times to count............and the E-Z go manuals go as far as telling you what tools you,ll need...................................
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Unread 11-25-2008, 11:32 PM   #10
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Don't forget the nine lb sledge hammer to beat the #### out of it if it leaves you stranded with out no beer.
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