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Unread 03-10-2010, 10:50 AM   #1
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Default Powerdrive 3 charger problem

I have a 2009 Champion Edition Club Car Precedent, it has the Lester Powerdrive 3 charger with it. I was working in my shop while charging the cart, and all of a sudden the charger started smoking. I opened it up and the rectifier was nearly melted. I looked at some of my other powerdrive 3 chargers, and some of them had 2 of the older style diode bars in them, I was just wondering if anyone might could help point me to the solution of why my rectifier melted.
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Unread 03-10-2010, 04:19 PM   #2
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Default Re: Powerdrive 3 charger problem

OVERLOAD, SHORT things gets dust on them and dust can short and burn. Would check for a dead short in charger after rectifier, then check cart for a short but has a fuse in it to stop overload.
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I can't see find anything shorted out in the charger, and the cart is okay, other chargers work fine on the same cart. I am wondering if Club Car might be having problems with some of these chargers, being that some of the others ones have a different heat sink in them. This one has me puzzled.
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Sounds to me like it shorted in the transformer then but you need to ohm out to be sure.
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Unread 03-11-2010, 09:43 AM   #5
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I think you hit it right. I put a new rectifier in the charger, and it didn't smoke this one, but the charger just hums, and the ammeter doesn't move, and the charger isn't charging at all. I think I have transformer problem.
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I think you hit it right. I put a new rectifier in the charger, and it didn't smoke this one, but the charger just hums, and the ammeter doesn't move, and the charger isn't charging at all. I think I have transformer problem.
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