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Unread 08-21-2010, 11:26 AM   #1
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Default battery cable arcing

I have a '03 48v DS cart and whenever I disconnect a battery cable for whatever reason and then reconnect I get a pretty large arc. It scares the *%#*@ out of me. Is this normal or do I have a problem ? It does this with the key off. Thanks in advance for any replies.
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Unread 08-21-2010, 12:09 PM   #2
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Default Re: battery cable arcing

does your cart have a run/tow switch? if so you need to put it in tow position or it will arch enough to make you want to change your shorts.........if it dosn,t have one than theres another problem going on.............................
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Unread 08-21-2010, 12:51 PM   #3
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Shadowman, yes I have a tow switch and it does it in tow with the key switch off. I have a 48v to 12 reducer wired in place for my lights but other than that it is a stock cart. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Unread 08-21-2010, 01:02 PM   #4
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there has to be another issue cause you chouldn,t get any arching when its in tow mode.................has any work been done on the cart ? if so what typeand does it do it on all batts pos and neg. side or just a certain battery or what,..............when did it start doing this and under what conditions........................................ ......
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Default Re: battery cable arcing

The reducer is what is causing the arcing...... If you disconnect the reducer, the arcing should stop. Since you need the reducer, a better method would be to fuse (or switch) the input for the reducer, then when you need to disconnect the battery cables for whatever reason, just pull the fuse or flip the switch on the input for the reducer.....
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The reducer is what is causing the arcing...... If you disconnect the reducer, the arcing should stop. Since you need the reducer, a better method would be to fuse (or switch) the input for the reducer, then when you need to disconnect the battery cables for whatever reason, just pull the fuse or flip the switch on the input for the reducer.....

Rabbit, thanks bud....................thats where i was heading next to the voltage reducer but i wasn,t 100% certain so thanks my friend you confirmed it for me...............................................8 )
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Thanks for the replies guys, as far as a fuse or switch I would guess it would need to be able to carry 48v ? Would I be able to use the cart key switch ? If so that seems like it would be the best solution. Is this correct ? Thanks again.
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The Cart Key Switch might not be capable of carrying the load. I would tap off the keyswitch and run an activation on a second solenoid and power the Voltage Reducer through the solenoid.
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Unread 08-21-2010, 08:13 PM   #9
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Rabbitreborn, that sounds real good, if I knew what you were saying. I'm going to need a little more mentoring to fully understand what you mean. I'm kind of electrically challenged if you know what I mean. I can string wire but I don't always know why I'm doing so. Thanks again, Pat.
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Unread 08-22-2010, 12:26 AM   #10
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It's possible that the reducer can cause the arcing. But it shouldn't really be anything significant. I've seen the arc from a reducer but it's always real minor. However, just this week I've run into a new problem that I've never seen before with these carts, and I saw three of them at that... Shorted out Tow/Run switches. Flip it to TOW and see if it will run. The three that I saw would all run in the TOW position. Changed the switch and the arc went away.
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