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Unread 07-26-2016, 09:34 PM   #31
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Default Re: 95 36v car won't move, not the solenoid...

Okay so maybe some progress tonight. I currently have two batteries removed so I could access the v glide internals, but I hooked the system back up so essentially it's a 24v system, but wires are routed correctly for voltage purposes. Moving on. I was not getting power to the solenoid so I checked again the micro switches. Both are good. I also checked that the green wire was on the nc lug on the v glide ms. Then I checked and found continuity from each end of the green wire to make sure that there wasn't a break between that nc lug and the green wire post on the solenoid. All good. Then I ran the check to test for continuity from negative battery post and the green solenoid post. I had my foot on the pedal and when I pulled up on the ms lever on the f/r lever (the levers removed so I'm manually operating the switch lever) the solenoid clicked and I briefly had continuity. It did this 3 times and now nothing again. I am thinking poor connection or loose wire somewhere. I was jostling around the v glide while testing that ms and I'm thing maybe I moved something that made a better connection briefly. Thoughts?

I'm just happy that for even a second I had power to the solenoid. Any progress is progress. Especially when I can devote 15-30 minutes a day only to work on this thing.
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Unread 07-26-2016, 09:44 PM   #32
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Default Re: 95 36v car won't move, not the solenoid...

Found a wire break! The wire wire from the charging port to the negative post on battery 6 was bad. Fixed it and now the solenoid clicks when I have it in gear and the pedal is pushed. Power to the solenoid. Progress!!
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Unread 07-26-2016, 10:09 PM   #33
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That stupid white wire was my only problem this entire time. One bad connection that I had not thought to check previously. Cart moves, but at 33v, just barely and stops. It's on the charger (and charging!) now so I will check it in the morning. I think I have a working cart now. Thanks everyone for the help and insight.

Edit: it was only clicking a few minutes ago probably from only having 4 batteries installed. Once I put the other two back in it moved when I have it some pedal.

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Unread 07-26-2016, 10:33 PM   #34
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Charger has the pack to just over 40v right now after half an hour. I'm actually getting optimistic here. I just hope these batteries last more than ten minutes per charge since they allegedly went dry.
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Unread 07-26-2016, 11:16 PM   #35
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Couldn't wait unplugged it at 40.5v. Hit the gas. Sparking and smoke. Forgot to tighten the battery cables on a few. So let's check them all and tighten. Take two. Driving perfect through all 3 speeds. Next up, how long between charges.
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Unread 07-27-2016, 12:08 AM   #36
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Default Re: 95 36v car won't move, not the solenoid...

Let the charger finish it's job. Stopping it before it's done results in a shallow charge and you want a deep charge. Also take the voltage reading about 12 hours after the charger is done. That reading (after the pack has settled) will be the base number for a load test and a true measure of the pack's health.


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Unread 07-27-2016, 06:24 PM   #37
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Ya I just didn't want to leave it unattended overnight in case of anything not good happening. That was at 11 last night I unplugged it and today at 5pm it was at 36 volts. Ran for about 15-20 minutes (son was super excited so I took him for a ride) and then it was dead. Barely moving. So it's on the charger again and I'm gonna let it run its course. Hopefully I can get at least 30 minutes from this pack between charges and get some new batteries soon.
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Unread 07-27-2016, 06:25 PM   #38
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After that drive the pack was reading about 34.8 volts
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Unread 07-27-2016, 07:01 PM   #39
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Starting out at 36 volts isn't a good sign.

Give this a read-

http://www.cartsunlimited.net/charging-tutorial.html


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Unread 07-27-2016, 10:46 PM   #40
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Default Re: 95 36v car won't move, not the solenoid...

Keep in mind I took it off the charger, if that matters. I plugged it in and it charged and turned off. It's at 38.3 v now so I'll check again in the morning and hopefully it's still close. I'm off to check out that link now
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