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Unread 06-05-2009, 07:54 AM   #1
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Default 36 volt Club Car battery problem

I have a 1992 electric club which I bought last year. The previous owner said the batteries were about 5-6 years old(??). I got through the season(not golf just to get me around my property). The batteries are all slightly bulged with some very bulged although those give a good voltage reading. Started out the season OK and then had a problem and had to replace the v glide controller. About a week after I left the charger on all night with the ignition switch in the run position. The cart wouldn't go in the morning and several of the batteries were dry. I added distilled water but the the charger wouldn't start. I then, after reading some posts, on the forum charged each battery individually with a regular battery charger(an old 6 volt one). Still no go on the cart and the charger wouldn't start. I am going to post the the voltage readings before and after charge.
Battery#1 1.5v/6v
battery#2 0v/>2v
battery #3 3.7v/6v
battery #4 5v/5v
battery#5 >1v/6v
battery #6 1v/3.9v

When I hook up the charger no sound and when I checked the voltage #2 went to 0 V with the needle trying to go below 0.
Question 1
Do I need new batteries?
Question #2
Can I replace just one battery which seems to be the worst?(other posters say no I've read)
Question #3
If I get new batteries could I also have to buy a new charger?
Any thoughts would be appreciated. (Sorry for the over long post.)
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Unread 06-05-2009, 08:03 AM   #2
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Default Re: 36 volt Club Car battery problem

Actually the long post was very informative ..... But, yes it is time for you to buy new batteries.... Now, If you have access to used batteries. You could try replacing #2,4,6 and see if you could make it thru another season? Either way I suggest new 4ga. cables if you want to help them along...Charger is okay.... it is not reading the minimum voltage to turn on......good luck!
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Unread 06-05-2009, 08:23 PM   #3
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Default Re: 36 volt Club Car battery problem

Thanks for the reply.
Would leaving the ignition in the run position have anything to do with "cooking" the batteries?
I don't want to make a mistake again with the price of batteries.
Thanks
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Unread 06-06-2009, 09:05 AM   #4
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Default Re: 36 volt Club Car battery problem

ITS NEVER GOOD TO LEAVE KEY TURNED ON WHEN NOT USING CART, BUT I doubt whether leaving key on cooked your batterys, more because they are old and shorting out internaly?
You made a comment about bulging batterys, this is common and really doesnt hurt batterys. Thats all that heavy lead in batterys trying to push downward from the top where cells are connected.
OLD MEC Trick when purchasing batterys pick each possible battery up and compare weights, heaviest battery is best in most cases ( MORE LEAD )
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Unread 06-06-2009, 09:10 AM   #5
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Default Re: 36 volt Club Car battery problem

MOre lead = more aperage storage = more run time A trojanT105 will weigh 72 pounds as compared some GC batteries weighing as little as 64..... That 8 pounds less is equivalent fo about 10% less storage capacity
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Unread 06-06-2009, 10:40 AM   #6
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Default Re: 36 volt Club Car battery problem

If the previous owner said 5-6 and you had them 1 year that 6-7 which is about all you
can expect from a GOOD set of Batteries.
Make sure you read the Stickies on Batteries,
one on Comparison and
one on Battery Maint. and break-in.
Get ready for a BIG improvement
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Unread 06-07-2009, 08:02 AM   #7
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Default Re: 36 volt Club Car battery problem

Anyone know if there would there be any benefit to rotating the batteries every few months?
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Unread 06-07-2009, 08:17 AM   #8
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PJSHANE--It wouldnt be worth the trouble to rotate your batterys every few months? You are speaking of your main battery pack? The only reason to do that would be ( IF YOU ) are using 2 batterys for accessories and then it would help some to switch
( battery leads ) to other batterys to try and help balance the TOTAL PACK.
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Unread 06-07-2009, 11:34 AM   #10
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And to go with what OLD MEC said it would be easier to move your accessory leads to 2 different batteries than to move the Batteries.
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