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Unread 04-15-2016, 12:13 PM   #1
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Default I think I fried the OBC...??

I recently took my 2002 DS IQ for a spin after a few months hibernation for winter. It ran for about a mile. While under full throttle, with fully charged batteries, it just stopped running. Thought it was odd, but on rare occasion (only happened to wife), the cart would do the same thing. Turn off the key, turn it back on, and it would "reset" itself and everything would be fine for weeks. This has gone on for a year. Tried the above fix this time to no avail. When pressing down on the pedal, I heard the solenoid clicking, but also a faint "sizzle" or crackling sound.. like an electrical short. No smoke or smell though. I pushed the cart home and plugged it in. Same sizzle noise, again, no smoke or smell. Unplugged immediately. In case it matters, I hear the solenoid click four times in a specific pattern. Click click....click click and then stops until I release and press the pedal down again. Forward or reverse is the same sound and clicking pattern.

Unfortunately, I have no way of trailering it to a shop about 15 miles away, so I would love to see if this is something that I can fix (and possibly upgrade at the same time ;) )
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Unread 04-15-2016, 12:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: I think I fried the OBC...??

well, I think I diagnosed the problem. I saw that the cable ends could use a cleaning since they developed some scale on them. On one of them, the cable came off in my hand :) That might be the problem /end sarcasm.
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Default Re: I think I fried the OBC...??

Take the oppurtunity to upgrade the entire cable set if they are stock and you ever plan to upgrade electrics
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Unread 04-15-2016, 01:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: I think I fried the OBC...??

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well, I think I diagnosed the problem. I saw that the cable ends could use a cleaning since they developed some scale on them. On one of them, the cable came off in my hand :) That might be the problem /end sarcasm.
been there ... done that
melted a post too
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Unread 04-15-2016, 05:06 PM   #5
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Default Re: I think I fried the OBC...??

You are lucky you did not melt a battery terminal. That often happens when you get a bad connection like that. Yours was bad enough that that did not happen. Clean and replace any cables that are not in perfect condition.
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Unread 04-16-2016, 06:14 PM   #6
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Default Re: I think I fried the OBC...??

Thanks for the comments. I was lucky. I am replacing all of battery cables with new 4ga just to be safe. If one fails, the rest can't be far away. Also taking the time to clear up the previous owners 12V accessories with a power distribution block in case I want to add things after the fact. Now that it is all disconnected, I found he used a fork terminal that was designed for a 1/4" post, not the 5/16" I need. I can't believe it hasn't caused me more problems.
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