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Unread 01-12-2009, 06:44 AM   #1
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Default Electric Club Car Charging Problem

I have a Club Car, 48V golf cart that has a charging problem. I know the batteries are old (do not know the year of the cart), model 17930 Lester Electonics charger.

The charger no longer starts charging when plugged in. I checked the voltage across all 6 of the 8V batteries and got a reading of 48 V. The batteries were VERY dry and needed to be topped off.

I am pretty sure the batteries need to be replaced, but need to know if there may be something wrong with the charger. I checked the in-line fuse and it is ok. Not sure how to check the Relay, but question if it is ok.

If I can get by for now with a relay, instead of $600 worth of batteries, it would be very helpful.

Any help would be greatly appreciated !

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Bill Owen
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Unread 01-12-2009, 08:19 AM   #2
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Default Re: Electric Club Car Charging Problem

The charger won't turn on if your batteries are completely dead.. try charging each battery up individually with a car charger, and see if you can get your charger to turn on then... only charge them long enough to get a surface charge...
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Unread 01-12-2009, 05:53 PM   #3
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Default Re: Electric Club Car Charging Problem

Thanks for your response phasetim, but when I put a test meter on the batteries (all of them in series), I got a 48V reading. So they must have a charge.

I can actually drive the cart, somewhat. I cannot get all the way up my drive (on a small incline, 150 feet) then the cart has no power to go further.

Any other ideas?

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Unread 01-12-2009, 05:56 PM   #4
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Default Re: Electric Club Car Charging Problem

Test your batteries individually, one of them may have a dead cell. Post your individual readings here. Better yet would be readings from a simple hydrometer?
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Unread 01-16-2009, 11:00 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum 1cadcam.............
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Unread 01-18-2009, 05:45 PM   #6
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Phasetim and ScottyB,

I double checked the batteries and have only about 42 volts across all 6 (8V) batteries. Individually, they checked pretty bad: (in series: 7, 8, 8, 5.25, 7.75, 7V).

I have Trojans, which appear to be the original batteries, so it looks like the batteries are the root cause to me. Please advise.

Other questions:

1. My serial number starts with: AC0105 which I found is a 2001 model manufactured in the 5th month, right?. I read that the "A" denotes an electric model....what does the "C" mean?

2. Any other advise on where to get reasonably priced batteries would also be appreciated.

I can tell I am hanging with the guys who know the answers to my questions, so thanks to all for your help !!!

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Unread 01-18-2009, 06:22 PM   #7
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Bill, This info doesn't matter if your batteries are shot but if you want to know the age of them, look on one of the terminal posts. You will see a letter followed by a number. A9 is January 2009, C6 is March 2006.

Thought I would pass this along.

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Unread 01-18-2009, 06:37 PM   #8
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Thanks Craig,

I checked the posts, and saw an "E5". I guess the batteries are newer than I thought, but still probably the problem. All information helps, since I am a newbie.

Thanks for your help!
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Unread 01-18-2009, 06:38 PM   #9
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4 of 6 of your batteries are completely shot.. There is really no point going any further until you replace all of them.
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Unread 01-18-2009, 06:53 PM   #10
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Thanks Dereckbc. Will do, and will check back in if I have further problems.

Does anyone have suggestions on where to get the best pricing?
And what does the "C" mean in my serial number (AC0105-xxxxxx)?

Thanks again to all!
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