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Golf cart road driving

Anna driving the golf cart on the 2 lane road near our home

We got the golf cart home without any trouble from the local sheriff.

Our mechanic found the problem. It was a worn bearing. I was highly impressed with the way he was able to replace it with a bearing that normally fits in a car. You can't get Club Car parts online, only from a local dealer.

I think he talked us into upgrading the back springs, which will help with the heavy loads we tend to haul.

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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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A very idyllic picture indeed!

~ Mitsy

Comment by mountainstead [] Fri Feb 3 17:01:29 2012

I know --- I was ecstatic! Maybe you can't tell from the back, but I was grinning from ear to ear as the wind whipped through my hair.

And we even got the golf cart back in through the driveway to charge it up this morning (albeit with a little bit of pushing.) So, we're back in business!

Comment by anna Fri Feb 3 18:53:51 2012
This picture is dreamy!
Comment by Maggie Fri Feb 3 19:36:02 2012
Dreamy --- yup, that's how I felt to have her home. :-)
Comment by anna Fri Feb 3 20:37:34 2012
Bearings are made in standard sizes. You most likely could have gotten a replacement at NAPA. Just needed to measure the spindle OD and the ID of the wheel hub.
Comment by Bob Fri Feb 3 21:57:25 2012
I was more impressed that he was able to take the motor apart to get to it. We'd put this repair off so long because we thought we were going to be told we'd have to get a $600 motor....
Comment by anna Sat Feb 4 10:33:55 2012

Buying a new motor is a waste. We've even had burnt-out motors re-wound rather than throwing them out, especially if they aren't cheap generic ones.

Replacing a bearing might require some kind of bearing-puller or just a piece of tube and a hammer depending on which ring is press-fit and how well you can reach it. Nothing that a mechanic couldn't handle.

Typically, bearings are either press-fit into a slightly undersized hole in the casing or over a slightly oversized shaft.

Comment by Roland_Smith Sat Feb 4 17:19:52 2012
Good to hear that motors tend to be so fixable! I guess part of the reason we thought we'd have to replace it is because it's tough to get the golf cart to a mechanic who specializes in golf carts, but since our closest (and favorite) mechanic can work on them, that's no big deal.
Comment by anna Sat Feb 4 19:39:00 2012

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