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Pushing and pulling

golf cart towingThe golf cart stopped working and I have not been able to diagnose the exact problem. I found a guy in town that is willing to work on it, but we have to get it there first.

We made some good progress today with me pulling and Anna pushing and steering. Hopefully we can get it up the hill and loaded onto the trailer tomorrow. is quite a workout pulling a full size golf cart through the snow and mud and there's no way I could have made it as far as we did without Anna pushing, which I guess is a pretty good metaphor for a happy relationship where lots of exciting things get accomplished with the combined effort of two people who work well together.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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hey i may be able to help ya with that golf cart. let me ask some q&a and i may be able to tell ya what to look for i have been working on those things for many years now. yours looks like an easy go am i correct? is it gas or electric? if its gas will it turn over but not start? what did it act like when it ceased running?

Comment by john wilson Tue Jan 20 09:57:17 2009

I'd be thrilled if you could help us problem solve it! We asked for advice over at, but couldn't quite seem to get it figured out.

It's an electric club car. When it stopped running, it just...stopped. I'd run over some branches about five minutes earlier, so we thought we might have pulled wires loose somehow. But Mark looked all over underneath in search of loose wires with no luck. The batteries are holding a good charge and Mark jumped the main solenoid with no luck.

When I turn the cart on and push the accelerator, it sounds like the cart is going to move --- I can hear something moving in the motor. But it doesn't budge. Any ideas?

Comment by anna Tue Jan 20 18:17:18 2009

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