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I turned the wheelchair over and got to the back of the motors. (phew! what a job!) I found white and yellow wires going to the brake. I clipped them. Have I done enough. This looks like a MONSTER of a job to remove the brake.
Please, any input would be appreciated.
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I may have clipped too soon.
Thank you so much!
This web forum thread has some excellent photos:
Keep your brakes for later, I installed two encoders (which are possibly too small) under the cap where the brake used to be.
I can post photos later if you like.
I didn't remove mine. I wired them up so I got this big red switch in the back of doom as an emergency kill switch. Is there a benefit in removing them, besides the extra unnecessary work, that I'm missing? Some enlightenment here?
What are the encoders for ? Isn't PWM enough if it's for speed purposes?
To me encoders are very important for accurate robot locomotion.
As for removing from the wheelchair, I don't know the answer to that but they must attach via the allen screws. Take note, all of the allen screws on the motor case are of different lengths so don't over tighten before you are sure where they go. Also, many WC motors have a lever that puts them in neutral, mine are black and about 1.5" tall, rotate them 45 degrees one way and they engage, the other way they disengage.