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Unread 09-15-2018, 10:26 PM   #1
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Default Winter time storage

Just purchased my new to me 2014 Club Car Precedent (electric)this past spring.
Anything I need to tend to for winter storage. I live in Cincinnati Ohio.

I do plan to keep it plugged in.
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Unread 09-15-2018, 10:54 PM   #2
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If you are not going to use it until spring, this is just me, I would charge the batteries and then put cart in tow. Then unhook main negative and positive battery cables. Of course unhook charger first.

In the spring hook cables back up, check water level to make sure it is still over the plates, plug charger in and let it charge. You should be back to normal then.
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Unread 09-16-2018, 06:52 AM   #3
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You have the E.R.I.C. Charging system you can just plug it in and it will charge as needed.
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Unread 09-16-2018, 01:34 PM   #4
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If it's not plugged in the batteries may self discharge and freeze. Unless it's in a heated area.
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Unread 09-16-2018, 01:41 PM   #5
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A 2014 should have the Eric Charge system. Fill the batteries to the proper level. Plug the charger in securely and let the charger maintain the batteries.
Recheck the water levels at 4-6 week intervals while insuring the charger lights are still on. If you wish to go one step beyond this install an in-dash battery meter or use a handheld meter to check the battery pack voltage when you check on the water levels.
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Unread 09-28-2018, 05:13 AM   #6
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I live in Northern NH - It gets real Cold here during the Winter...I have a 2013 Precedent and all I did was make sure the level on the batteries was above the plates....put it in Tow mode...charged the batteries for at least 16 hours...unplugged the charger....disconnected the pack Negative. Covered the buggie with a canvas cover that has a great elastic on the bottom that held it there until April. Had NO Problems...When May 1st got here I reconnected the Pack Negative...checked all my batteries levels...put a multi meter on each battery and the entire pack. All was a great levels...I charged the batteries to a full charge - (to make sure). Put the buggie in Run Mode, turned the key and off I went.... Good Luck
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Unread 09-28-2018, 07:40 AM   #7
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I never ever let batteries sit sit without a charge source for any type of duration. Sulfation will start to occur as soon as the batteries voltage drops and although once and a while will not necessarily ruin them, long duration's over time will absolutely shorten their life. I have gotten 8 to 10 years out of every pack I have had with US Batteries, Trojan's, OBC's, and "good" battery maintenance. So I do not speak from theory or fiction, I speak from facts and experience.

All batteries will naturally self discharge over a period of time whether the battery is used or not. This means that the battery capacity will go down over a time period regardless if the battery is being used or not. Flooded Lead Acid Batteries are generally gauged at 5% per month up to 15% loss per month, which would be based on the chemistry type used, age of the batteries, and the temperature the battery is stored at or ambient temperature. (Hotter is higher)

Battery self-discharge (as is sulfation) is a scientific fact in which internal chemical reactions reduce the stored charge of the battery and is not folklore or fiction. As the charge drops, sulfation begins to occur and that is generally the biggest contributor to premature battery failure.

Again, to each his own, and this is not meant to poke or prod someone that likes to charge and unhook their pack for long duration's, it is only to add some information from education and experience....
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Unread 09-28-2018, 05:15 PM   #8
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cinci doesn't get snow... drive it all winter
i do in detroit
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