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Unread 06-02-2009, 11:31 AM   #1
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I have a late 90's 48 volt Club Car that only jitters when the accellerator is fully depressed. All the batteries test 8 volts [49 total] and a load test on each battery only drops them to 7 + volts. Any suggestions to check the problem. It was intermittent before and now is totally not working.
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Unread 06-02-2009, 05:48 PM   #2
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I would still guess batteries. Your hand held load tester does not pull them hard enough. put your car up to a tree or brick building and have someone depress the pedal, then check voltage while the car is putting a load on the cars batteries. I bet you'll find one dropping off, if not check wires and connections on the batteries.
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Unread 06-02-2009, 06:19 PM   #3
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Thanks,I will give it a try.
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Unread 06-03-2009, 08:53 AM   #4
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Check # 5 battery ( in front under your seat ) that battery for some reason seems to go bad FIRST?
Have you done a hydrometer test with a temperature scale on side? NOT THE MULTY BALL UNIT ONLY GOOD FOR ANTIFREEZE I think you will find one cell in one battery at least weaker than rest? I have always used a hydrometer to find weak batterys that load testing and voltage meters will NOT SHOW AS BAD? Post each cells corrected readings for us so we can see where problem is.
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Unread 06-03-2009, 09:02 AM   #5
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what is jittering, does not move ?
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Unread 06-03-2009, 10:08 PM   #6
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I tried the test that PhaseTim suggested and he was right,one battery fall off and sure as hell, it was #5[front battery ,left side]. Picking up a new one tomorrow and will let you all know the results.
Thanks again for the help.
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Unread 06-04-2009, 08:05 AM   #7
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Just to make sure you are aware, when replacing only part of the Battery Pack.
1. Battery break in for that Battery will be 10-12 complete charges , same as entire
pack.
2. This one battery will be taken down faster than if replacing the entire pack, and
this batteries life will be reduced.
3. Check the date stamp in the battery STUD , if all are the same you may want to
replace them all .

This is only my openion and may or may not reflect the Views of others in this Forum!
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Unread 06-04-2009, 08:22 AM   #8
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If the other batterys are 2-3 years old or more I would replace the whole pack. You will be just putting a unbalance on the new battery and will shorten its life by a large amount. Your system is ONLY AS GOOD AS THE WORST BATTERY.
Look at Trojan Battery site for proper way to break in new batterys. That way you will get max power and life from your batterys. ALWAYS CHARGE YOUR BATTERYS BEFORE USING FOR THE FIRST TIME.
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Unread 06-04-2009, 11:29 PM   #9
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Thanks all: Replacing that one battery seems to have fixed it.Was showing 56 volts after a charge. If I get 2 more years then I will be happy.
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