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Unread 04-13-2009, 11:52 AM   #1
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Default New Batteries but marginal performance

Have 2001 Club Car 48v. Put new batteries in and charged according to instructions from dealer. Old batteries were shot so performance is better, but not what I expected. I expected more power and speed with the 48v, not any better than others with 36v. Am I expecting too much?

Maybe I'm expecting too much. What speed should I expect with new batteries. Seems peppy for first 5-10 minutes, but doesn't maintain well.

Also, friend told me yesterday adjustment could be made to the computer to get more speed.

Don't know much about these golf carts, just trying to learn.

Also, we keep this cart at our beach place and it may go 2-3 sometimes without charging. Guy I bought new batteries from said not to let them run down low and recommended putting a heavy duty timer on to allow about an hour a day of charging..............ANY THOUGHTS.

Finally, any recommendations for maintance, etc for my cart is appreciated.
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Unread 04-13-2009, 11:56 AM   #2
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Default Re: New Batteries but marginal performance

1. New batteries need to cycle 10 times to reach full strength
2. 48v runs same speed as 36v
3. Only some models are programable.
4. recharge after as little as 15 minutes of use
5. Use a voltmeter. Never discharge below 48.4 volts
6. you may be expecting too much
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Unread 04-13-2009, 02:55 PM   #3
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Default Re: New Batteries but marginal performance

Thanks,
Only charges 3-4 times, didn't realize it took several charges to get to full strength. I plan on getting a volt meter............probably a good idea.

How about the 1 hours per day charging when not in use for extended periods?

Expecting too much, seems I hear that a lot, I suspect you may be right.

Finally, how do I determine if my model is programable? Any easy way to know?

Thanks for your info.
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Unread 04-13-2009, 03:09 PM   #4
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Default Re: New Batteries but marginal performance

welcome to BGW.
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Unread 04-13-2009, 03:45 PM   #5
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Default Re: New Batteries but marginal performance

On the bottom of the Forward/Reverse toggle switch mount,
If it's an IQ (programmable), it will have a plug for the hand held module,
If not... It's a standard DS

Your serial number should tell you also!

A= DS
OR...
AQ= DS IQ
01=2001
##=week of manufacture
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Unread 04-13-2009, 06:18 PM   #6
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Default Re: New Batteries but marginal performance

Thanks Lockman1, not sure but I suspect it the standard model as I don't recall seeing the plug. I believe the serial # starts AA01.

Again thanks, I'll confirm this weekend.
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Unread 04-13-2009, 06:19 PM   #7
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Thanks dock98............finding out how little I do know about these carts.
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Unread 05-13-2009, 12:01 PM   #8
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Default Re: New Batteries but marginal performance

I'm still disappointed with the speed of my cart with new batteries. Been through several charge cycles and cart is not performing as well as it did when I purchased it 3 years ago with older batteries. Neighbor of mine suggested it could be the Speed Control Box. What exactly is this box, is it hard to replace and how would I determine if this is the problem. Althought they're new batteries, I checked all cells in each battery and they tested good.

Any suggestions....................everybody's leaving me in their dust these days
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Unread 05-13-2009, 05:14 PM   #9
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Default Re: New Batteries but marginal performance

At best as "stock" you are probably at 13/14mph. If you want to look back at your buddies check out a motor up-grade (Plum quick,etc.) with sponsors of our forum. Then add a 400 controller along with #4guage cables, you then are 18/20mph. Of course larger tires can kick it up some more. If it is worth $1,000. for braggin' rights this will do it.!! Good luck
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Unread 05-13-2009, 05:16 PM   #10
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you need to let the cart go thur 10 to 12 complete charge/discharge cycles........never unplug charger until its shut off during this time as its very important to break them in right and its just as important to maintain them afterwards......battery maintence should be a minimum of a monthly thing.........as for speed 10 to 12 mph is top speed, and instead of trying a 1 hour per day charge you can leave your charger plugged into cart and when batteries reach a certain voltage charger will come on and charge batteries and than shut off it will do this as needed as long as charger is plugged in as thats the way its set up...........as for getting speed from the computer thats not gonna happen the only thing the computer does is keep the charging system working right it has nothing to do with speed........lastly you have to keep in mind these carts were made for 18 rto 36 holes of golf and than parked and put on charger they wern,t made to run like small cars which is something we all do....................................
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