After playing a round of golf on my 2002 EZGO TXT PDS electric golf cart I noticed the motor was very hot to the touch. I have brand new batteries and everything is tight. I was just wondering how hot is normal?
If you do a lot of low speed work with your EZGO PDS golf cart the conroller and motor will get hot. The stock controller has a thermal shut down feature which either slows or stops the cart when things get too hot.
You would need to know how the PDS controller is configured. The EZGO PDS system includes regenerative braking which is referred to as a motor brake. To my way of thinking regen will run hotter than no-regen. The controller is configurable for more or less regen. To configure it for high speed will be less regen so a cooler motor should result. Being in Florida where it is essentially flat regen is of no value because I don't coast very long, however in a hilly area the regen may help and you may not do as well with the high speed setup due to less torque needed for climbing. Anyway I'm also a new cart owner and I selected the EZGO because I can simply set up the controller myself, not so much with club car where the controller can only be set up by a dealer. Anyway EZGO calls it changing the chip, but it looks like a jumper that changes resistance. Never forget that research is 3 sources of info, this is just one! I learn more when I listen, so let's hear it. rj
You have 4 settings or chips that can change the regen effect.
Speed chip = 18MPH
All Terrain = 16 MPH or so very little regen but will cut out at top end and coast until you come back down to speed limit of chip.
Steep hill = 12 MPH Lot of regen effect best setting to make the batteries last on one charge for a few days of riding.
Mild Hill = 12 MPH not as much regen effect as the steep hill but it helps on the charge.
I sell a harness that gives you all 4 settings. With a flip of a few switches you can pick the setting you need at the time.