Why a Club Car DS/Precedent Solenoid Clicks but Won’t Move

Club Car solenoid clicks but won't move

Why a Club Car DS Clicks but Won’t Move

If your club car makes a clicking sound but doesn’t move,  the issue could be due to a faulty battery or damage to the internal controller.

  1. Check whether the batteries are working fine.
  2. Use a voltmeter to check the static voltage of the batteries.
  3. The readings should be around 50V.
  4. If the voltage turns out to be lower, then it’s time to get the batteries charged.
  5. Once charged, check whether the problem persists.
  6. In most of the cases, the problem will go away and you should be able to start the club car without any trouble.

The clicking sound that you hear is made by the solenoid. There are many reasons why this could be happening.

  • If the battery is down you might hear the solenoid click.
  • If the wires between the solenoid and the motor are not connected properly, the solenoid might make this sound.
  • If the motor or the controller is damaged then again, the club car might not move.

Check the wiring connections between the solenoid and the motor. If the wires are disconnected or are damaged you might hear the clicking sound from the solenoid. Replacing or fixing the faulty wires should do the trick. Your car will start again.

In certain cases, the solenoid might be damaged or faulty. You might as well replace the faulty or damaged solenoid with a new one and check to see if the problem persists.

If all the above steps fail, it might be a good idea to get your club car checked by a service center. The internal controller could be having a problem. If this is the case, replacing the controller will solve the problem.


Reasons why a Club Car DS Clicks but won’t move

A Club Car golf cart can start clicking but not move, due to dust accumulating inside the battery ports.

Opening the battery ports and checking whether there is any dust accumulation can tell you if this is the case. Cleaning it thoroughly with a cloth can resolve the problem.

Here is a list of the common reasons that make your club car give out clicking noises. Most of these are quite easy to resolve.

  • Check for the connection between the solenoid and the battery. Solenoid coils can get damaged over time. If the solenoid is damaged, replace it with a similar one and check to see if the issue is resolved.
  • The controller could be damaged. In most cases, the controller could have become defunct after many years of use. You can take out the controller and test it to see if it is working correctly.
  • The resistance coil can also prevent the car from moving forward. It is often found that the resistance values are out of the normal range. Check for the resistance values to ensure that the coil is working correctly. If the value is higher or lower than the normal range, replace the coil with a new one.
  • Another reason for this issue could be that the brushes inside the motor have burnt out. To check this, open the motor carefully and see if the brushes are in perfect working condition. Use caution while opening the motor. You may also get this checked at a service center.


How to Fix a Club Car DS that Clicks but won’t move

To fix a club car DS which clicks but does not move, you have to identify the correct cause of the issue. The club car may have multiple issues that may be preventing it from moving.

It’s very important to do a proper analysis of the problem before attempting to repair it. Oftentimes, the problem will be a minor one with a simple solution to resolve it.

Some of the common problems and how to resolve them are listed below.

  1. Take a look at the battery. If the battery is burnt out then it may cause the car to create the clicking noise.
  2. You can use a voltmeter to check the voltage of the battery.
  3. If the voltage is too high or too low, it means that the battery needs to be recharged fully.
  4. Try recharging the battery to its full capacity.
  5. If the voltage still keeps fluctuating, you may have to replace the battery.
  6. Check for a similar brand and model suitable for your club car.
  7. It is important to disconnect and connect the wires carefully.
  • Another issue could be due to the motor. The motor is difficult to access. Try opening the motor after removing it from the cart. The motor will have multiple small components that you can take a look at to see if any of them are burnt out.
  • The most common components to be burnt out are the brushes. You can easily get the brushes from one of the cart dealers and replace them.
  • Check the solenoid to see if it is working correctly. If the solenoid has been damaged, then you need to replace it with a new one. You cannot repair a solenoid coil.


Club Car Precedent Solenoid Clicking but won’t Move

If a Club Car Precedent golf cart solenoid clicks but the golf cart is not moving,  you need to check that the MCOR connection is not loose or damaged.

If you have a club car precedent that doesn’t move, then it could be due to some simple internal issues that can be resolved quite easily. Many club car precedent owners would have heard a clicking sound in their car and the car refuses to move.

You can try out the following to identify the cause for the above problem and follow the necessary steps to resolve it.

  • The first thing to do is to check the MCOR connection. This is very important for any club car. Ensure that the connection is done properly and that there are no loose wires anywhere.
  • Check for damage in the wires connecting the MCOR to various components. If any of the wires are damaged, replace them with a similar one.
  • Check for the throttle signals in the controller. The controller has a 16-pin connector. You need to check for the signals at this point. If the signals are not proper, then the issue might be due to the controller.
  • Replacing the controller will help resolve the issue quite easily. You can get a controller from any of the service centers or buy them online.
  • While replacing the controller you can opt for a better quality one that gives a better performance. The choice depends on how much you wish to invest in your club car.
  • Check the voltmeter reading to ensure that the battery is working fine. Sometimes recharging the battery to its full capacity might resolve the problem.
  • Also, check that the solenoid cables and resistance coils are working fine.
  • If you are still unable to figure out the source of the issue you can take it to a service center where they can assess the cart and determine the problem.


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