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Unread 08-05-2018, 07:28 PM   #1
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Cool 71 hd wont go in reverse

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I have a 71 HD D MODEL. For some reason my reverse quit working yesterday. It still has forward but no reverse now. When I touch the pedal you can hear the solenoid click but thatís it. I took the switch apart and while itís not in perfect condition but looks like it should work... previously I was have some issues getting it to go and would have to get off the seats for it to start. Is it that I just need a new switch or could possibly be something Iím overlooking... any help would be appreciated. New to this... my first golf cart.
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Unread 08-06-2018, 07:54 AM   #2
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Default Re: 71 hd wont go in reverse

It's probably the switch and it should be easy to test it by simply reversing the wiring on it. After the wire swap, if your cart goes in R but not F them your switch needs some TLC.

Now, it could be that your cart isn't developing enough cranking amps to turn the motor in reverse. Starter brushes, battery going bad or not charging properly would be likely causes.
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Unread 10-10-2018, 05:49 PM   #3
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It's probably the switch and it should be easy to test it by simply reversing the wiring on it. After the wire swap, if your cart goes in R but not F them your switch needs some TLC.

Now, it could be that your cart isn't developing enough cranking amps to turn the motor in reverse. Starter brushes, battery going bad or not charging properly would be likely causes.
Kinda hijacking this topic, but my 77 gas cart will go in forward but not reverse. I pulled the F/R switch apart and its really badly corroded. So I am cleaning the contacts now...is there anything else that should be done to the contacts?? Would a coating of Dielectric grease be appropriate ??? Thanks in advance.

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Unread 10-11-2018, 12:30 PM   #4
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Yes. Dielectric is an elixer for old carts. I believe that those switches have springs in them as well. Sometimes it helps to pop those out and give them a gentle pull to increase their ridged-ness.
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Unread 10-24-2018, 02:23 PM   #5
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Yes. Dielectric is an elixer for old carts. I believe that those switches have springs in them as well. Sometimes it helps to pop those out and give them a gentle pull to increase their ridged-ness.
Are you talking about the springs under the lever section of the switch or are there springs under the contacts on the bottom piece that is mounted to the cart??

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Unread 10-25-2018, 09:30 AM   #6
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Are you talking about the springs under the lever section of the switch or are there springs under the contacts on the bottom piece that is mounted to the cart??

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Steve
It's been so long since I have had one of those apart I can't remember now. I think it's just the spring under the lever.
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