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.

WHY OWN A GOLF CAR?

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HERE ARE A FEW REASONS MY CUSTOMERS HAVE FOUND TO OWN ONE, OR MORE:  DRIVING FOR FUN IN THEIR COMMUNITY, CARRYING PASSENGERS AT  WEDDINGS,  TAKING CAMPING,  HAULING SUPPLIES, USING ON THEIR PROPERTY, USING ON THE JOB CAMPUS TO CAMPUS, TAKING TO THE CONSTRUCTION SITE, GOLFING 18 HOLES OR MORE, PULLING  DRAGSTERS, PULLING  RACE CARS, FEEDING THE HORSES, JUST TO SAY THEY OWN ONE, WHEN THEIR FRIEND DOESN’T,  CARRYING THE ELDERLY AT CHURCH, TAKING  IT HUNTING , TAKING IT TO THE LAKE FOR FISHING, SKIING, OR JUST PLAIN DRIVING!

ONCE YOU HAVE ONE, YOU WILL WONDER WHY YOU DIDN’T GET ONE A LONG TIME AGO.  I’VE HAD CUSTOMERS SURPRISE SOMEONE WITH A GOLF CAR, IT MAKES A GREAT GIFT.  THE RECIPIENT WILL THANK YOU OVER, AND OVER AGAIN FOR THE FUN RECREATIONAL VEHICLE, IT’S VERY EXCITING!

YOU CAN PROBABLY THINK OF REASONS TO OWN A GOLF CAR THAT I HAVEN’T SEEN OR THOUGHT OF.  TRY ONE FOR YOURSELF.  YOU WILL ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! PUT LIGHTS ON IT, A BACK SEAT, AN ENCLOSURE, HEATER, WINDSHIELD OR MANY OTHER ACCESSORIES THAT YOU CAN ADD TO YOUR GOLF CAR. EVEN CHEETAH SEATS!

I CAN DO ANYTHING YOU DESIRE TO CHANGE THE LOOK, OR CUSTOMIZE TO YOUR LIKING.

CONTACT ME, AND LET ME PUT YOU IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT TODAY, OR LET ME GET YOUR EXISTING ONE ON THE ROAD.

SOLENOID TROUBLESHOOTING

A solenoid, often referred to as a switch, is normally activated manually or mechanically i.e. key switch.  Solenoids switches are activated by external electrical input.  A solenoid is used to break an electrical circuit, or make one.  Some folks call a solenoid “a contactor”. 

There are two basic circuits to a solenoid.  Primary and Secondary.  The primary, also referred to as activation circuit, has both activation wiring and an internal primary coil.  With electrical voltage, the internal primary coil activates and brings two contact points together to allow an electric current to come through the secondary circuit.  That coil requires a + and – potential for electric voltage to pass through and activate it.  Most golf carts activate the soelnoid with normal battery pack volts.  However, some older cars that use tapped voltage, and the solenoid must be connected to a specific voltage.  Taps are connecting points on a battery pack.  The power circuit aka secondary circuit is the circuit being activated by the solenoid coil.  This circuit has large power contacts inside the solenoid switch that allow heavy load of electric current to flow to the motor or a starter generator when activated.  Be sure to have the correct wiring diagram for the test. 

1.  Does the solenoid make a clicking noise?  If it doesn’t, we need to determine if activation voltage is present at the small terminals.  Connect a voltmeter across the small posts and activate the system.  Caution safety:  Raise rear wheels off the ground and use stands BEFORE you test as car may lunge forward so be cautious.  Put the car in run mode and key switch on, car in forward and accelerator pedal pushed.  If voltmeter displays system voltage and solenoid does not click, solenoid is defective and needs to be replaced.

2.  The solenoid does not click and you do not read system voltage, this tells us one of the voltage potentials is ‘mia’ at one of the two connections.  To find out which one is missing, leave the red lead of voltmeter connected to terminal 2, the positive connection (usually blue or red wire).  However wire colors may vary!  Use correct diagram for your make and model year for correct diagnoisis.  Place black lead of voltmeter to battery’s negative post on the No. 6 battery (last in the series from the first positive battery connection).  Activate system, if voltmeter reads system voltage, the positive input is correct.  Meaning key switches, micro switches & wiring are good & you are missing negative input.

3.  Positive connection at Terminal 1: Continue the diagnosis by connecting the black negative lead from voltmeter to teriminal No. 1, and the red lead of voltmeter to battery No. 1’s positive post (first positive connection to the car).  Activate system again.  If you are not reading system voltage on your voltmeter, you’ve confirmed the battery negative is missing.  Depending on the system the car is using, the missing negative will need to be traced to the source.  Some systems supply negative from a controller output (some Club Cars, the onboard computer)  Most gas cars use the frame as ground.  Electric cars do not use a frame ground.  Determined by using correct wiring diagram.

4.  Negative connection at Terminal 1.  If we are missing the positive at connection terminal No. 2, it means the key switch, micro switch and or accelerator switch is open or out of adjustment.  Please note:  Some cars use the key circuit as a negative circuit & adjust accordingly  per correct wiring diagram.  Trace voltage to each component in that circuit & determine where voltage is lost.  If your car uses the diode in the solenoid system, be sure you make proper connections as the diode is polarity sensitive.

CONSIGNMENTS

I CAN SELL YOUR GOLF CAR ON CONSIGNMENT WHERE YOUR CAR WILL GET  EXPOSURE.  I TAKE CARE OF ALL OF THE DETAILS OF THE TRANSACTION!

I DO ALL OF THE CLEANING. ADVERTISING, SELLING, MOVING, AND WHAT EVER IT TAKES TO GET YOUR GOLF CAR SOLD,  YOU JUST SIT BACK AND RECEIVE  MONEY AT THE END OF THE SALE.

HERE IS HOW IT WORKS:

I GATHER ALL OF YOUR INFORMATION, AND FILL OUT A CONSIGNMENT FORM WITH YOUR ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, AND SIGNATURE, PICK UP YOUR VEHICLE FREE OF CHARGE, DETAIL IT, I RECEIVE A SMALL PERCENTAGE, AND YOU ARE VERY HAPPY! WE AGREE ON A SELLING PRICE, AND I GO TO WORK, AVERAGE TIME TO SELL YOUR VEHICLE IS ONE DAY TO TWO WEEKS. WE CAN ALSO CONSIDER A CASH OFFER AS WELL. IT IS ALL UP TO THE SELLER (YOU).

LET ME PICK UP YOUR GOLF CAR, AND GET STARTED TODAY. I AM READY TO WORK HARD FOR YOU TO GET YOUR GOLF CAR SOLD. SEE YOU SOON, AND THANK’S A LOT.

GARY.

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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.

CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT TODAY! YOU WILL BE RELIEVED YOU DID. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE NOW. DON’T WAIT FOR AN EMERGANCY TO SUDENLY SUPRISE YOU. ACT NOW. STAY AHEAD OF THE GAME. GIVE YOUR GOLF CAR THE ATTENSION IT DESEERVES. YOU WILL BE HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY.

CALL, OR EMAIL FOR DETAILS. THANK YOU, ALL PARTS FORE GOLF CARTS.

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.

PLEASE CALL FOR PARTS, SERVICE, OR ADVISE. WE WILL BE HAPPY TO ASSIST YOU, AND TRY TO SAVE YOU MONEY AND TIME. THANK YOU! 360-253-6030, OR TOLL FREE 877-253-6030 . TALK TO YOU SOON.

SERVICE WITH A SMILE

SERVICE MEANS DIFFERENT THINGS TO THOSE WHO TRY TO SATISFY THE DRIVE TO ACCOMPLISH AN END RESULT, IN A TIMELY MANNOR.  THE WILL TO SUCCEED IS DETERMINED BY THE SENCE OF URGENCY YOU PLACE ON THE TASK AT HAND.  YOU HAVE TO HAVE THE DESIRE TO SUCCEED, AND THE WILLINGNESS TO FOLLOW THROUGH TO THE END, THAT WHICH YOU ARE ENGAGED IN.  YOUR END RESULT IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE DRIVE, AND DESIRE IN YOUR INNER BEING.  THE LACK OF EITHER OF THESE TWO CONTRIBUTING FACTORS WILL DETERMINE THE QUALITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP OF YOUR WORK ETHIC.  STRIVE TO BE THE BEST YOU CAN EACH, AND EVERY TIME YOU BEGIN A NEW TASK.  GIVE A 120%.  THE REWARDS ARE GREAT, AND THE CUSTOMER’S ARE MANY.

GOLF CAR ENCLOSURES

NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY YOUR GOLF CAR ENCLOSURE.

ALL PARTS FORE GOLF CARTS HAS ENCLOSURES AT A VERY REASONABLE PRICE. AND MANY COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM. I CAN CUSTOM FIT A NEW ENCLOSURE TO GOLF CARS, NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL. UTILITY VEHICLES, NO PROBLEM! GATORS CAN ALSO BE THROWN IN TO THE MIX. I CAN PICK IT UP, OR YOU CAN BRING IT TO ME. SOFT DOOR, OR HARD DOOR AVAILABLE.

OPTIONAL BAG COVERS ARE AVAILABLE. YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM THE STANDARD DRAPING BAG COVER, OR PURCHASE A POP-OUT COVER. THE POP-OUT RESEMBLES AN AWNING. VERY NICE, AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO ROLL IT UP. IT SIMPLY FOLDS DOWN, AND UP WITH EASE. VERY ATTRCTIVE!

I USE MARINE MATERIAL TO CONSTRUCT MY ENCLOSURE’S, NOT VYNAL. NO SHRINKING, TEARING, OR FADING. THEY KEEP THEIR SHAPE, AND COLOR. YOU WILL APSOLUTLY LOVE YOUR NEW ENCLOSURE, AND YOU WON’T BELIVE HOW REASONABLY PRICED THEY ARE. INQUIRE TODAY FOR MORE DETAILS. YOU WON’T BE DISAPOINTED. THANK YOU!

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.