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Old 07-20-2015, 03:57 PM   #1
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Default Gear oil? Who needs stinkin' gear oil?

We bought our first golf cart two years ago. A G-1, may as well start at the beginning, right? I struggled with difficult starting all these months until a neighbor found a simple intermittent bad connection, hot wire to coil. Finally it starts reliably. I am ashamed to tell what happened next. The cart was always balky, would not run low or medium very well. Full throttle OK. Loud, clanky abrupt. My steering got stiffer and stiffer until it was undrivable. I guessed it was something to do with a steering box, something I had never investigated. My wife found the owners and service manuals on line. What an idea! I bought a quart of 90 weight gear oil and found the steering box. I was looking for the drain plug and opened the fill plug. I noticed it was rusty. I guessed there was no need to find the drain. I filled the box. Meanwhile the manual suggested I change the differential gear oil. Why not? I had so much left over. I pulled that drain plug and perhaps an ounce or two of frothed up watery lubricant drained. I poured the rest of the 90 weight into the gear housing. A miracle! The cart drives smooth, quiet and with determination. A complete transformation. Amazing!!
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Old 07-20-2015, 05:21 PM   #2
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Default Re: Gear oil? Who needs stinkin' gear oil?

Yea, it does for now............ eventually you'll probably be putting a rear in it. But who knows, may last for ever!
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Old 07-21-2015, 06:38 AM   #3
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Default Re: Gear oil? Who needs stinkin' gear oil?

If you read this site, you will find that all the early 80 info is now outdated. Wheel bearing grease is a huge improvement over oil in the steering gear, and 75 weight synthetc is the preferred lube in the rear end.

And I agree with dawg, think you might soon be looking for a replacement tranny.
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Old 07-21-2015, 02:48 PM   #4
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Default Re: Gear oil? Who needs stinkin' gear oil?

Too bad the way that axle is made, putting a magnet in is difficult.
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Old 07-22-2015, 07:23 AM   #5
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I'll use my change as a "rinse" and then follow your good advice.
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Old 07-22-2015, 06:52 PM   #6
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Maybe drill the end of the plug, then glue a small magnet (like found in a small screwdriver) in the plug.
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