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Unread 03-03-2019, 06:55 PM   #11
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Clean each end of the ground strap/cable that goes from the engine and starter to the frame
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Unread 03-04-2019, 09:17 AM   #12
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Just tried to clean each end of the ground. Also, changed out new positive wire going to solenoid to make sure there was no hidden corrosion.

Still acting the same. Did seem to last a little longer this time, just not wanting to start in the freezing cold eventually killed it. I measured the volts in the battery after killing it this time and only measured 2.4.

Wish I could have actually drove it around this time to see if it was re-charging as I drove. Might try again before replacing the battery.


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Unread 03-04-2019, 09:20 AM   #13
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Also, forgot to mention.. it seems like it always starts up better in reverse than forward. After doing a lap or so in reverse, itíll than start up fine in forward, but not when cold.


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Unread 03-04-2019, 01:23 PM   #14
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Replaced my battery last winter (2017-1. It seemed OK but the replacement solved similar issues I was having. Winter temperatures brings out the worst in all of us.
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Unread 03-04-2019, 02:40 PM   #15
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You think it could be bad in less than 11 months? It just seems like it was an issue the previous owner was having for a year or two before selling it to me. I seen his last two receipts to repair shop and they were testing for this same issue. Seems like only things that hadnít been changed were solenoid or starter generator. Everything else was testing OK. I do live in Michigan where it gets VERY cold.


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Unread 03-04-2019, 04:15 PM   #16
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I wish we would have talked more before you changed the cable.

When you step on the pedal, what happens?
Do you hear a distinctive click of the solenoid?
Does the starter try to turn?
Have you actually load tested the battery?
To do that, you put a meter on the battery terminals. You should see around 12.7 volts. You then step on the pedal, and watch the voltage drop. It should only drop about 1 volt. If it drops to 9.6 volts or less, the battery failed the load test.

This is how you test the generator for charging.
Put the cart on jacks. Place the meter on the battery terminals again. Start the cart. The voltage should climb to around 14 volts while running.

If the voltage doesn't change while running, this is how you test the generator, and voltage regulator.
The is a small green wire running between the starter, and voltage regulator center terminal. Disconnect it from the voltage regulator, and ground it to the ground strap. Start the cart again. The voltage should climb up to around 17-19 volts.
If it does, the voltage regulator is bad. If it doesn't, it's time to study the brushes, and starter more closely.

I really need a more detailed description of what the cart is doing.
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Unread 03-12-2019, 05:16 PM   #17
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I wish we would have talked more before you changed the cable.

When you step on the pedal, what happens?
Do you hear a distinctive click of the solenoid?
Does the starter try to turn?
Have you actually load tested the battery?
To do that, you put a meter on the battery terminals. You should see around 12.7 volts. You then step on the pedal, and watch the voltage drop. It should only drop about 1 volt. If it drops to 9.6 volts or less, the battery failed the load test.

This is how you test the generator for charging.
Put the cart on jacks. Place the meter on the battery terminals again. Start the cart. The voltage should climb to around 14 volts while running.

If the voltage doesn't change while running, this is how you test the generator, and voltage regulator.
The is a small green wire running between the starter, and voltage regulator center terminal. Disconnect it from the voltage regulator, and ground it to the ground strap. Start the cart again. The voltage should climb up to around 17-19 volts.
If it does, the voltage regulator is bad. If it doesn't, it's time to study the brushes, and starter more closely.

I really need a more detailed description of what the cart is doing.


Sorry I was slow to reply. Over the weekend I changed both the solenoid and voltage regulator as I found them each for under $30. Didnít seem to fix my problem. The golf cart gets full power, spark and everything and will even drive a lap or two. Then it acts dead. When I press the pedal I donít hear anything at all, no clicks no belts turning no anything like it has lost all power. I check the battery and it tests right around 12.6 volts, is less than 10 months old, too.

I should add. When I throw jumper cables on the battery and to my car, itíll let me start it up right away and drive it again for a minute or two, until Iíve let off the pedal enough times and itíll then act dead again.

If I donít jump it, I have to put it on the battery tender for a couple hours and wait and then itíll start briefly again.

Iím down to pretty much only the starter generator, right? Should I order a new one or try to do some cleaning? Or...anyone have any other ideas as to what may be going on??



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Unread 03-12-2019, 06:19 PM   #18
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You need to load test the battery.
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Unread 03-12-2019, 06:23 PM   #19
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You need to load test the battery.


I did test it with a multimeter when trying to start it. Couldnít actually drive it around with it on there but it dropped to 11.4 when it was turning over.


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Unread 03-12-2019, 07:39 PM   #20
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I'm going to lean toward the starter side of the S/G, played this game with a couple of carts before, exact same symtoms, I also replaced a bunch of parts chasing amp drop but it came down to the S/G being replaced to correct the issue, the next cart went right with the new S/G and looked like I knew what I was doing....You might get a 12 "Volt" reading to the S/G but its the internal amps that makes it play nice.
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