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Experience:  Worked on fleet of various electric vehicles, golf carts, scissor lifts and electric booms.
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Electric Vehicles club car golf cart: i have a 1996 club car

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i have a 1996 club car 48 volt the solenoid click when i turn key on thats the only time solenoid clicks. it wont run can somebody tell me whats the first thing i should check
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Electric Vehicles
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
i also want to mention my golf cart has a continuously variable potentiometer,two solenoids, it has the rocker forward/reverse switch
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
also it has the black controller
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.
Does the charger work when attached? When did cart last run? Do you have a voltmeter to check the pack voltage and each battery?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Don't know when last run. batteries total pack at 50 new batteries .charger does not kick on but I charged each of them
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.
What is voltage at the charger connection on the cart? Charger should cycle even if batteries are charged, but with 48 volt system, the batteries fully charged would be 54 volts or more. Charger runs voltage test before turning on. I wonder if you don't have a bad cable.??
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Iam at work right now but I bypass obc so could get them charged up. Which cable would that be is it normal for solenoid to click when I first turn key on without pressing pedal
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.
One solenoid will energize with key, second one with foot pedal. Do you have voltage to both sides of the solenoids?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I have check when I get home to make sure
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
What the best way to check make sure I have voltage on both sides
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.
OK> Do you have voltmeter to check the voltages? Less than $10 at auto or retail store for a cheap digital meter.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Yes I got one
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.
OK> makes testing much easier!
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
With the voltmeter how do I check to see if I got voltage on both sides of solenoid . Solenoid are new also
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.
Meter on DC volts, black lead to negative battery cable on the last negative post. Red lead to test solenoids. Reading should be battery pack voltage.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
On my solenoids both I got 50 -49 49-49. When I turn key on I got 50-50 50-50 battery pack still at 50
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.
And at charger connection on the cart?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.
Are the solenoids closing? May be clicking, but not making the connection?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
How do I test the at charger connection. I only get one click at solenoid that's when I turn key on
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.
Use meter leads, to touch each side in the connection. It should read 50 volts. To test solenoids,either remove one cable and retest, or run jumper across them , to bypass. The solenoid makes the connection across the two large terminals.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Getting 48 in two leads in charger receptacle
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.
OK, so charger should work. Have you got the OBC back in the system?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Yes
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Plug charger in nothing
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.
OK>test test solenoids. Did charger work when OBC was bypassed?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I used a after market charger when I bypass obc to charge batteries
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.
So charger may be bad. Are you into opening up the charger?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I did that and had charger charging when bypass resister inside
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.
The charger has an internal relay that has to close to start charge. You have plenty of voltage to close the relay. Makes me think that relay may be bad. But OBC can keep charger from coming on. Do you have friend with same cart you could try charger on?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Not at this time but if obc is bad will golf cart still run I thought it was only used to charge golf cart
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
When I jump solenoid do I jump both and then what do I turn key on step on pedal or what should happen
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.
Do one at a time. Then press pedal and see if cart runs when either is bypassed.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Ok I will do that next iam sorry I have to step aside for a while to take care of my daughter
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 10 months ago.
OK> Thanks.