Club Car Forward Reverse Switch Problems

Club Car Forward Reverse Switch Problems

Golf is a very popular and well-loved sport among the world population especially in America however golf courses take up a lot of space. a 9-hole golf course covers ideally 20 to 60 acres of land hence there is need for golf carts. Club Car golf carts offer the versatility and freedom needed to navigate the golf course. The Club Car golf carts are very effective and provide good maneuverability. The golf cart needs to be able to switch from forward drive to reverse drive with relative ease hence the use of the forward/reverse switch. This is used to reverse the direction of power supplied to wheels to enable them to drive in the opposite direction hence allowing forward motion or reverse motion. The Club Car golf carts use forward/reverse switches that are both intuitive and easy to operate. These are used for both the electric and gasoline versions. The switches use mechanical and electrical components and these may be susceptible to faults which will be discussed below.

Design Of the Club Car Forward Reverse Switch

The Forward/reverse switch used in the Club Car has three operating modes. The neutral position is used for holding the vehicle stationary when stopped, the forward position for driving forward and the reverse position for going backwards. Placing the switch in the neutral position does not however lock the wheels, it only cuts engine power for the gasoline model or cuts power to the electric motor for the electrical model.

Electric Club Car

A rocker switch used is for the electric Club Car and it is located on the seat support panel, below and to the right of the driver’s right knee. The F(forward) and R(reverse) modes are clearly marked and one can push on either side of the switch to activate the corresponding mode. When the rocker switch is in neutral, with neither side down, the vehicle will not operate even if the accelerator pedal is depressed. There is a reverse buzzer that sounds when the switch is in reverse mode.

Gasoline Powered Club Car

A forward/reverse handle is used for the gasoline Club Car. It is located on the seat support panel, below and to the right of the driver’s right knee and also has three positions, the F(forward), R (reverse) and N(neutral) positions. To enable the forward mode the handle is rotated towards the driver and towards the passenger for reverse. The Club Car operates with reduced speed in the reverse position and the reverse buzzer will sound.  When the handle is in the straight up position, the vehicle is in neutral and will not operate. The engine will stop if it is shifted to this position while driving. There is also a neutral lockout switch with two positions, the maintenance and the operating positions. If the switch is in the maintenance position the Club Car will not move suddenly even though the forward/reverse handle is turned to either position. It allows the engine to run in neutral for maintenance purposes.

Problems Associated with The Forward Reverse Switch and The Solutions

  • The Club Car forward/reverse switch can’t be turned between the two modes while the golf cart is in operation. The vehicle needs to be brought to a standstill before the switch is operated to prevent injury to unsuspecting passengers or damage to the vehicle itself. This is due to the fact that once the Club Car is in motion momentum keeps it in that forward trajectory and a sudden change to the direction of motion of the wheels will cause sudden deceleration leading to slamming of the club Car ‘s contents.
  • On the electric Club Car, the forward/reverse switch is located on the seat support panel, below and to the right of the driver’s right knee and although it is clearly labeled. It can pose slight usability problems for left-handed users who would prefer using the left hand for most controls, however since it is only operated when the vehicle is stationary it does not cause any safety hazards. Moving the switch to the dash board may however reduce this slight discomfort.
  • The golf Car may move off down a hill if the parking brake is not engaged even though the forward/reverse switch is in neutral.
  • The forward reverse switch can also exhibit problems such as over heating or melting in some cases, this may be due to broken contacts. These in turn affect the resistance of the connecting wires and cause overheating. To correct this problem, check the ignition wires and the solenoid area for any broken or corroded wires which may need to be replaced. If the wires or contacts inside the switch seem to be in terrible condition the entire switch components may require a complete overhaul. It is recommended to allow a trained professional to look at the switch and carry out maintenance if necessary.
  • The club car forward/reverse switch may also malfunction where putting it in a certain mode may prove ineffective, for example putting it in the forward mode may not yield any results, this may also apply to the reverse position as well. To solve this problem, try to remove the switch from its slot and check whether all the wires are connected and in the correct positions. This is because flipping the wire connections may result in the Club car moving forward when the switch is placed in the reverse mode and vice versa.
  • The Club Car forward/reverse module is made of plastic hence it can easily break or melt when exposed to hot temperatures hence it is important to handle with care when carrying out any troubleshooting or maintenance to ensure it is not damaged.
  • The forward/ reverse switch uses a relay switch with moving contacts hence these can get corroded or become loose over time hence it is important to check the contacts regularly and also replace them if there is need. The entire relay switch may also need replacement after some time hence ensure this is carried out by a trained professional.
  • The Club Car golf cart forward reverse switch also allows a lot of current to flow through it hence it can get hot. It can also cause electrical shocks if not properly covered and isolated, hence regular maintenance to check the state of the insulation is needed to ensure risk of electric shocks are eliminated, also using the proper wiring connections is important to reduce heating and fraying of the wires due to high current.
  • Rocker arm switches typically use spring mechanisms and these can get defective after some time hence need to be replaced if the switch no longer returns to its potion or flips positions for example moving from the forward position to the neutral position on its own.