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Unread 06-24-2009, 10:26 PM   #1
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Default New light kit probs, 48v CC

So I got my new light kit from EC today, it came with the voltage reducer for the 48 volt Club Car. Wired it all up and everything works great for a minute, then the tail lights go out so I troubleshoot for a couple minutes but find nothing. Turn the lights back on, headlights go out after about 30 seconds so I check the relay and it is smoked, burning hot to the touch. Directions with the reducer have it wired to the neg post of battery #2, with the ground from the light kit wired to the other end of it. 12 volt feed for the light kit from battery #1. I checked the voltage across the reducer and it reads 12-14 volts, as it should.
Any ideas? I will put in a call to EC tech support tomorrow, thought maybe someone here might have a clue.
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Unread 06-24-2009, 10:28 PM   #2
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Default Re: New light kit probs, 48v CC

Hmmm, sounds like over voltage or a poor ground. Try checking the voltage at the lights and let us know what that is.

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Unread 06-24-2009, 10:33 PM   #3
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Default Re: New light kit probs, 48v CC

Is the light kit supposed to be grounded to the frame as well as the reducer? I didn't think so and the manual doesn't mention it. I can't check the voltage at the light now, without a relay. The voltage at the post of batt #1 reads 12-14 volts, so thats what is being sent to the relay, then the lights, right?
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Unread 06-24-2009, 10:39 PM   #4
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Default Re: New light kit probs, 48v CC

I believe the reducer is supposed to be wired at the end of the run - meaning it reduces the 48v to 12v. However, that depends on what type of reducer you purchased. 48v to 12v or 16v to 12v.

No, you shouldn't have a double ground. You should use the ground on the reducer.

Grab another relay and check the voltage at the lights.
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Unread 06-25-2009, 08:52 AM   #5
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Default Re: New light kit probs, 48v CC

I agree with mikeshotrodshop I had the same problem and the reducer was bad
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