How to Adjust the Brakes on an old style Club Car Golf Car

Before you start:

    • Disconnect the battery or battery pack

Note: Use proper lifting equipment and proper jack stands to support the golf car.

Note: Some electric cars will have a run/tow switch. The run/tow switch must be moved to the tow position before disconnecting the battery packs.

    • Lift the rear of the golf car and place the jack stands in a secure spot that will support the golf car.

The following steps will allow for optimal adjustment:

    • Remove both wheel assemblies.
    • Release the brake pedal parking brake.
    • Back off the brake cable adjusting rod, so there is not any cable tension on the shoe lever arm.
    • Remove the brake drum.

Note: On some models it may be necessary to remove keeper clips on the wheel studs.

Note: On some units it may be necessary to back off the brake adjuster in order to remove the drum. Some units use an axle nut, that hold the drum in place. With this style, retain the cotter pin for use later.

    • After the shoes and backing plate are exposed, inspect the shoes for wear, sticking, debris, or poor fitting to drums.

Warning: Before you move on to step 6 it’s a good idea to wear some sort of respiratory device/mask to protect your lungs from foreign debris.

    • With light air pressure blow the brake dust and debris from the shoes and backing plate. Clean the drum in the same manner. You can also use a cleaning solution; such as, CRC brake cleaner. DO NOT directly breathe the solution.
    • Now that things are clean and no binding or sticking is noticed in the shoe movement we can move to the adjustment.

Note: For self-adjusting brakes, the drums should slide on and off and turn freely without any resistance. If it is too tight, take the drum back off and back off the star adjuster until the drum is free to turn 360 degrees without dragging to a stop. From this point on, the shoe will self adjust under normal operating conditions. Likewise, if the drum is too loose, you will need to tighten the shoes to a drag and then back off to free movement.

Note: For manually adjusted shoes put the drum back on the axle, turn the adjuster screw or star until the drum locks up. At this point, back the adjuster off 3-5 clicks and at this point the drum should turn freely.

    • Put the ties back on and torque the lugs to 50lbs.
    • Adjust the brake pedal height. (Do not confuse this with brake shoes adjusting.) As you push on the pedal you should feel 2-3 clicks or ¾ – 1 inch free play. If you do not see this amount of travel, adjust the cable-adjusting rod that you released in Step No. 3.
    • Connect the battery or batteries
    • Move the tow switch back to the run position if required.
    • Lower the golf car to the ground and test drive in a safe area.

If no problems exist, Congratulations! You are finished. If you notice a problem, please review the above procedures as you may have missed something.

Note: Make sure everything is tight and in place before normal usage.

WINTERIZATION

GOLF CAR OWNERS!

NOW IS THE TIME TO GET YOUR GOLF CAR MAINTENANCE DONE, WINTER IS COMING, AND YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE SURE YOUR GOLF CAR IS READY FOR THE NEXT SEASON OF GOLF, OR RECREATION. KEEPING YOUR GOLF CAR FINE TUNED WILL MAKE IT LAST, AND PERFORM MUCH LONGER. COSTLY REPAIRS WILL BE MINIMIZED TOO.

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TIRE WEAR

WHEN YOU NOTICE UNEVEN WEAR ON TIRES THERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR:

(1)  CHECK TIRE PRESSURE TO BE SURE YOU ARE AT THE RIGHT LEVEL OF AIR. THE SIDE WALL ON THE TIRE WILL SHOW THE CORRECT TIRE PRESSURE YOU SHOULD MAINTAIN.

(2) CHECK ALIGNMENT.

(3) CHECK FOR PLAY IN THE STEERING. IF THE STEERING WHEEL TURNS RIGHT OR LEFT, AND DOESN’T TURN THE FRONT WHEELS RIGHT AWAY, YOU HAVE A STEERING BOX ISSUE. CALL THE LOCAL MECHANIC FOR HELP (ALL PARTS FORE GOLF CARTS).

(4) JACK THE GOLF CAR UP AND GRASP EACH TIRE ON TOP AND BOTTOM, AND WOBBLE BACK AND FORTH. IF YOU CAN PULL THE WHEEL BACK AND FORTH YOU MAY HAVE A WHEEL BEARING ISSUE, OR KING PIN AND BUSHINGS COULD BE THE ISSUE. CALL ALL PARTS FORE GOLF CARTS FORT HELP.

IF THE GOLF CAR PULLS TO THE LEFT, OR THE RIGHT CHECK AIR PRESSURE IN TIRES, OR JACK THE CART UP AND CHECK BEARINGS. IF THE GOLF CAR WONDERS SIDE TO SIDE YOU HAVE A STEERING BOX ISSUE. CALL ALL PARTS FORE GOLF CARTS.

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GOLF CAR BATTERIES

The gas golf car will use a single 12 volt battery.  An electric golf car will use 12 volt, 8 volt, or 6 volt batteries. In a 48 volt golf car you will see either (4) 12 volt batteries, or (6) 8 volt batteries. In a 42 volt golf car you will see (7) 6 volt batteries.   In a 36 volt golf car you will see (6) 6 volt batteries.

The way to identify the age of the batteries is by looking at the negative post.  The flat part of the post on the top of the battery will have a date code.  The date code consists of an alphabetical letter, and a digit.  The letter will identify the month ( A for Jan., B for Feb., C for Mar., and so on.).  The digit will identify the year (9 for 1999, 0 for 2000, 1 for 2001, 2 for 2002, 12 for 2012, and so on).  If you have questions about the age, call your dealer, or the manufacturer of the battery.

Some people forget how old their batteries really are, so they need to be checked out so you know how much life is left in them.  I have seen Trojan batteries last 9 to 11 years.  That is the best battery on the market today.  No other battery will compare to a Trojan.  They will be a little more expensive, but you will get alot more use, and longer life out of them.  Charging will take less time, and the distance you will go between charges will be much further.

I have tried about every battery on the market, none compares to a Trojan.  You will be very pleased.  Don’t think about the initial cost, think about lhe years of life in the long run.  Don’t cut your self short.  You will be very happy at the out come.  Other batteries may be less costly, but you will be replacing them in two wo three years.  Do your self a favor, spend the money and get the best.

When your batteries start to bulge, they are either getting old or you are over filling them with distilled water.  By doing so you are shortening the life of your batteries, and you don’t get a full charge out of them.  The distance you travel will become increasingly less, and less.  Take care of your batteries, and they will take care of you.  A well maintained battery is a happy battery.  In turn, you are happy too.

GAS GOLF CAR MAINTENANCE

Maintenance on your gas golf car should be done once a year.  You need to change all fuel filters, and the oil filter (if one exists).  A two cycle engine will not have an oil filter, because you pre mix the gas and 2 stroke oil (50 to 1 is the ratio).  A four cycle engine will have an oil filter.  The oil drain plug will be one of two places, either in the front bottom edge center, or under the engine in the center bottom.  Use 5-30 weight oil for 4 cycle engines.  Do not over fill!  If you are unsure about the capacity for oil call a dealer for advice.  The EZGO Golf Car will have 2 cylinders, and 2 spark plugs.  Most other golf cars will have 1 spark plug, and 1 cylinder.

You should grease your car in the front, if there are grease fittings.  Some golf cars will not have grease fittings, such as Yamaha.  Newer Club Cars may not have them either.

Here is a check list for maintenance.  Change oil and filters on a gas car.  Gas and electric: lube, air tires (22lbs), clean batteries with water hose, battery protectant, check brakes, check bearings in front wheels (pack with grease if necessary), on electric car fill batteries with distilled water if low (DO NOT OVER FILL!), check brake cables, replace defective battery cables, blow brake dust off of brakes, and out of brake drums.

To check brakes, you will need to jack the golf car up, take the tire off and pull the brake drum off.  EZGO will have a castle nut with a cotter pin and washer holding the drum on.  Pull the pin, un-screw the castle nut, and the drum and washer should slide off.  You may need a hammer in some cases to get the drum off.  If it is to difficult, email or call me, I will be happy to assist you, and help you save money.

GENERAL GOLF CAR MAITENANCE

It is important to keep your golf car clean, and maintained. You should do this yourself, or have a professional do it.  It will save you alot of head aches, and costly repairs in the future. There is a list you should follow when performing maintenance.

IT INCLUDES:  keeping batteries clean of acid (on electric, and gas golf cars), checking tire ware, visual check on brakes for ware, use an air compressor to clean out brake dust from brakes, and brake drums (brake dust will prevent your golf car from slowing, stopping, or parking), your brakes will not hold on an incline, keeping tire pressure at 22lbs, for standard golf car tires, lube the front if there are grease fittings, (some golf cars won’t have fittings), keep batteries filled to the proper level with distilled water (over filling, or lack of water will nullify any warranty that may exist), use distilled water only, check front bearings for ware ( pack with grease if required), have bearings replaced if necessary, call for advice if needed, YOU CAN PRESSURE WASH THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT WITHOUT HARMING BATTERIES, OR COMPONENTS. These tips will extend the life of your golf car.

GOLF CAR TIRES and TIRE PRESSURE

Always remember that tire pressure is very important!  The standard golf car tire requires 22lbs of air pressure at all times, no more – no less.  It is so important that, if you don’t maintain this level of air, it will put an extreme amount of stress on your batteries.  This will decrease the life of your batteries, and your golf car will loose power and may even stop you dead on the golf course, or where ever you are.

I have seen tires separate from the wheel for lack of air.  When this happens the wheel, and tire need to be taken off of the golf car and repaired.  Hopefully the tire can be saved.  In the event it can not be spared, you will have the added expense of a tire, and possibly a wheel.  There is also labor, and a service call to consider.  A simple thing like air can prevent this from happening.  Spare yourself the expense, and lost time your could be enjoying your golf car, by adding air when needed,

A costumer called recently because his golf car would not even climb a small incline.  This is a long time customer who didn’t realize the importance  of air pressure.  He called me 50 miles away because he thought his batteries might be the issue.  When I arrived at the customer location and checked the batteries, the batteries checked out okay.  I noticed one of the golf car tires appeared to be low on air pressure.  Upon checking the tires with my air gauge the tires were all low on air. Some of the tires did not even register air in them at all. You can’t always tell when golf tires need air because they are so rigid. I filled all four of his tires to 22lbs, and the problem was solved.  His golf car was not sluggish any more. The golf car drove at the speed it was supposed to, even in grass and up hills.

You will get a lot more distance between charges, and the life of your batteries will be extended a lot longer,  It could turn out to be a warranty issue, if your batteries loose their life pre maturely.  These reasons are why air pressure is so important.  22lbs, 22lbs, 22lbs.  Check them often!  Golf car tires are notorious for loosing air.  Don’t get caught with your tires down.  Take good care, check your air.

MAINTAINING GOLF CAR BATTERIES

To prolong the life of deep cycle batteries, you must use distilled water in them. Take each cap off each battery and check each cell about once a month. If lead is exposed in the bottom of the cell you are looking in, add water. Note: a battery filler is a good thing to purchase to get the right level of water each time. I sell them for $10.00 dollars. Very handy!

If batteries are under warranty, the proper water level is important. If the batteries are under filled or over filled, the warranty is nullified. Over filling will cause acid to spill over batteries, and make contact with the frame of the golf car and on the surface you park. The acid will eat any thing that is not plastic. I recommend you place a plastic mat on the surface, under the batteries to prevent this from happening.

It is important to make sure the nut on each stud where the cable is connected is tight so the battery does not arch and melt the battery post or blow up the battery. This is not a warranty issue, it is human error.

Use battery protectant spray to eliminate acid forming, and eating cables in half. The golf car will stop dead if the cable brakes. You can use a water hose with a pressure nozzel on it to clean batteries off. WATER WILL NOT HURT ANYTHING BY SPRAYING UNDER THE SEAT IN THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT. It will save you a lot of head aches and break downs. Simple maintenance is a smart thing to do. You won’t have to call a golf car mechanic as often.

KEEP THE BATTERIES CHARGED AT ALL TIMES!