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Unread 03-21-2017, 05:00 PM   #1
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I have been a member for a while but it has been 6-7 years since I sold my Club Car. I am hoping to acquire a 2005 Precedent in the next few days. My question has to do with the batteries and how the current owners stored the cart.

When I took a look at the cart it appeared the batteries where replaced in 2013 (or 2013 dated batteries) 4x12v Interstate 12VGCUTL. The cart has sat without moving for 3 years +/-, unused, not charged, dead as a doornail holding decorative pillows (what a waste!). I am not sure what to expect, are the batteries still good or possibly unrecoverable?

My plan was to charge each batter with a 12v charger for 5-10 minutes each, then plug in the PD2 charger. Does anyone else have any suggestions on what I should do before attempting to wake the dead (cart)? Water, Epsom salt, etc.? I appreciate any advice in advance!
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Unread 03-21-2017, 05:03 PM   #2
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If the batteries have been sitting that long without a charge, they're toast. You'll have to put a fresh set of batteries in it for sure.
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Unread 03-21-2017, 06:21 PM   #3
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If you replace the batteries, do a 4/12 to 6/8 conversion.
You'll get more run time and with proper maintenance, longer battery life.
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If you replace the batteries, do a 4/12 to 6/8 conversion.
You'll get more run time and with proper maintenance, longer battery life.


Definitely what I am leaning towards. Thanks!


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If the batteries have been sitting that long without a charge, they're toast. You'll have to put a fresh set of batteries in it for sure.


That's what I was dreading to hear. Do you think I can at least get enough power to cruise around for 20 mins or so? Thanks!


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That's what I was dreading to hear. Do you think I can at least get enough power to cruise around for 20 mins or so? Thanks!


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If they'd been dead for 6 months, maybe. But 3 years. You'll be lucky to get them to charge enough to go 10 feet.
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If they'd been dead for 6 months, maybe. But 3 years. You'll be lucky to get them to charge enough to go 10 feet.


That will give me some leverage when negotiating the price

Looking through the conversion threads, I believe I saw that you did many conversions and probably many more since. Where would you suggest getting the conversion kit? Would I need to get both part numbers AM1275201 (and the other one) too? The way the description reads for AM1275201, it would be all I need minus the batteries.

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You don't really need a "kit" so to speak. A few guys here (myself included) have done the conversion getting six 8 volt batteries into the same space as the four 12's

Check out this thread...
DIY - 4 x 12v to 6 x 8V Conversion (Part 1)
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Unread 03-21-2017, 11:38 PM   #9
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That will give me some leverage when negotiating the price

Looking through the conversion threads, I believe I saw that you did many conversions and probably many more since. Where would you suggest getting the conversion kit? Would I need to get both part numbers AM1275201 (and the other one) too? The way the description reads for AM1275201, it would be all I need minus the batteries.

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You would indeed need both part numbers in order to complete the conversion. This is the factory method of converting the car to a newer style that will accommodate 8 Volt batteries. You can also do it the way Kashmir described, but I highly recommend replacing the on-board computer to a new version so it'll correctly charge 8 volt batteries. Your Precedent most likely has a version 2.06 OBC. It will not properly charge 8 volt batteries.
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Unread 03-22-2017, 07:04 AM   #10
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If you have the time and patience, bring any cells in the battery up to the top of the plates, not full as you usually would, and try charging them one at a time with a 12 volt charger. Once fully charged (if they will charge) then add water to fill to recommended level. It would be a cheap experiment to see just what you could get out of those batteries. A friend has some some 2 year old 6 volt Trojans that had been abused and when we added water and charged them, they seem to be holding a charge. He doesn't have anything to run them on, so they have just been sitting. One battery in particular had low water in all three cells.When he filled to the top of the plates and went to put the charger on, it showed 6.4 volts and fully charged. I told him his charger was lying to him. I got my Fluke out of the truck and it told me the same thing. I still haven't figured that one out. These may end up going in my project I just got as my batteries are about the same age and were abused by the previous owner as well. Between the bunch, I may be able to at least go around the neighborhood.
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