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Unread 07-18-2010, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default 1996 CC Need info about Batteries

Hi Guys. New to this forum and now own my 1st golf cart. IT is a 1996 Club Car. Ser #A9633-517579. I'm told the Batteries are 2.5 years old and It just seems to not go real fast. Reverse is real slow but after reading numerous posts maybe that is normal. How fast should it go? Its real doggy up slight hills. I can charge the batts till the charger shuts off and then drive it 5 minutes and plug it back in and the gage on charger goes up to half and it take about 2.5 hours to fully charge again. Normal? I need to get it to my shop, I own a automotive shop, and test the batteries, but I never worked on a golf cart and don't know what to expect with this one. Is it one that can be programed to go faster at a Club Car dealer? Any help is appreciated.
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Unread 07-18-2010, 03:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1996 CC Need info about Batteries

Is that cart 36 volt or 48 volt? The condition of the batteries is crucial to run time/speed/power, but so is better components like motors/controllers/wiring..... a stock Club Car will run between 12 and 14 MPH. I don't believe they made an IQ cart in 1996 so I don't think you can have it re-programmed for faster speed, you will likely have to do some electronic mods to increase speed.

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Unread 07-18-2010, 04:53 PM   #3
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48 volt. I'm gonna test the batteries and possibly bite the bullet and buy 6 of them. Ouch!!!! Oh well. Once I get the condition of the batteries taken care of then I will test the speed and see where I'm at. I'm driven other carts 48 volt carts and they just have more get up and go right off the start. What is the life of these batteries? Just like any other deep cycle? I guess thats a loaded question. I don't no the history since I just bought it, and the previous owner really is no help. He bought it and let set for three months driving only sometimes. Then decided to sell it and buy a new one. This is a great site and I can't wait to find out all the stuff you guys do to your carts. Thanks for all the help.
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Unread 07-18-2010, 09:27 PM   #4
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life of batts depends on you and how you maintain them, as for new ones please make sure you break them in right as they are only 75 to 80% how to break them in is on this site just make sure you take the time to do it.......you,ll notice nothing at 1st but once broke it i assure you you,ll notice........................................
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Unread 07-19-2010, 09:33 AM   #5
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Default Re: 1996 CC Need info about Batteries

As long as you are changing Batteries replace the Battery connection wires (including those to the motor) with #4. You can make these out of #4 Welding wire (best) or buy them pre-made (pricey but saves work). Any future up-grades for speed or torque should start with this anyhow. Don't be fooled by low price on batteries, make sure you are dealing for Golf Cart battreries and not just "Marine" deep cycle. There are 3 or 4 good brands, I prefer Trojans but check for local supply. Take Tom's advice on the break-in and set up a regular system of checking water and recharging.
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Unread 07-19-2010, 07:00 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the help................
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