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Unread 09-02-2010, 10:38 AM   #1
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When I let off the accelerator and coast, I get sort of a ratchet sound from the rear end. Like gears that are supposed to be throwing away from each other, are rubbing toghether. When I hit the accelerator again, sometimes I get a brief rough gear engagement sound, then all is well untill I let off, and get the ratchet sound again...

Where should I start?
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Unread 09-02-2010, 11:26 AM   #2
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Is this a series cart or a DCS cart?

One thing you could try would be to remove the motor and tow the cart up to speed to see if the noise disappears. The motor should remove easily. Be careful doing this of course.
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Unread 09-02-2010, 11:53 AM   #3
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I'm new to carts. So I'm not familiar with the terminology. The batteries are connected in series. Is that what you mean?

There is a housing between the motor and the differential that looks like it covers a drive chain or belt..
The ratchet noise sounds a little like loose chain rubbing on housing... dddddddddddddddddddd... kind of a soft ratchet noise as apposed to a grinding... but only when I let off the power...
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Sounds a little like you have an axle/brake drum spline going bad.
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Unread 09-02-2010, 03:13 PM   #5
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'96 EZ GO TXT
When I let off the accelerator and coast, I get sort of a ratchet sound from the rear end. Like gears that are supposed to be throwing away from each other, are rubbing toghether. When I hit the accelerator again, sometimes I get a brief rough gear engagement sound, then all is well untill I let off, and get the ratchet sound again...

Where should I start?
Drain the differential and remove the cover. Check the fluid for metal particles. Time to change the diff fluid anyway.
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Unread 09-02-2010, 03:27 PM   #6
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I would look at you brake drums. One mayb trying to strip. This is easier than goin into the rear.

There is no chain or belt in the diff. It is all gear to gear contact.
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Unread 09-02-2010, 03:49 PM   #7
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I'm new to carts. So I'm not familiar with the terminology. The batteries are connected in series. Is that what you mean?
A "Series" cart has a long lever attached to the Forward/Reverse control leading under the passenger seat to a large switching assembly.

A "DCS" cart would have a small silver hockey puck sized assembly directly behind the Forward/Reverse control. A DCS cart would also have a toggle switch on the controller cover under the passenger seat.
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Unread 09-02-2010, 05:26 PM   #8
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OK, I'll pull the diff pan, check it and refill....

Where's a good place to order the gasket?

more clues:
I have the cart on blocks.. no resistance at the wheels... When I floor it, it gets up to maximum speed, and just as it starts to float out, it shudders and slows from the resistance the shuddering introduces....

And it's a DCS....
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Unread 09-02-2010, 05:32 PM   #9
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OK, I'll pull the diff pan, check it and refill....

Where's a good place to order the gasket?

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I have the cart on blocks.. no resistance at the wheels... When I floor it, it gets up to maximum speed, and just as it starts to float out, it shudders and slows from the resistance the shuddering introduces....

And it's a DCS....
Stop doing that you will explode the armature.
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Unread 09-02-2010, 05:36 PM   #10
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There no diff gasket, it is RTV or silicone.
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