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Unread 09-03-2010, 09:43 PM   #11
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Default Re: diode across solonoid?

OK, back to the lightning strike....haven't replaced the diode across the soledoid but did put it back toghther enough to try the charger. Nothing at all happens when I plug it in. my question is could this be a zapped OBC or a zapped charger and how might I check?
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Unread 09-03-2010, 09:45 PM   #12
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Default Re: diode across solonoid?

OK, back to the lightning strike....haven't replaced the diode across the solenoid but did put it back toghther enough to try the charger. Nothing at all happens when I plug it in. my question is could this be a zapped OBC or a zapped charger and how might I check?
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Unread 09-04-2010, 10:58 AM   #13
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Default Re: diode across solonoid?

Before doing anything else I would double check that you have 120 volt AC power coming to charger.
Then to try and narrow down what was damaged I would go to STICKIES and look for following articles and do them in this order
#1- In STICKIES look for "Resetting the OBC" and try and see if this solves your problem?
#2- Do following test for OBC ( NOT IN STICKIES )
Disconnect wire coming from cart charger receptical at inline fuse, connect jumper wire of similar guage to end where fuse was and then other end of jumper to #6 BATTERY NEGATIVE POST ( same cable end that goes through OBC ) then connect charger and if comes on replace OBC.
#3- In STICKIES if charger doesn't come on look for "Complete manual for Power Drive Charger" and see if this help narrow down charger damage?
#4- Next go to www.lesterelectrical.com/tech and see if you can solve problem with them? I have had good luck after trying site to contact them direct and give them model number and serial number.
Hope this helps you find sourse of problem or problems?
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Unread 09-04-2010, 01:54 PM   #14
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Default Re: diode across solonoid?

If I byapss the relay in the charger or bypass the OBC by jumping the sense wire to the main negative I can get the charger to hum, no current.
If I jumper from the fuse link (black lead at charger socket of cart) to main negative I get current to flow.....sound like the OBC bad charger good?
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Unread 09-04-2010, 03:37 PM   #15
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Default Re: diode across solonoid?

yes if your lucky it only took out the OBC................have you tried another charger on your cart or have you tried your charger on another cart? if not before replacing OBC make certain its not the charger.......................................
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Unread 09-04-2010, 05:55 PM   #16
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I would give the OBC reboot before giving up and replacing it. Some times this is all that is needed to get them working again?
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Unread 09-04-2010, 08:34 PM   #17
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Default Re: diode across solonoid?

I've tried to reboot the OBC three times according to the Sticky but instead of the reverse buzzer shutting down 30 seconds after depressing the pedal it shuts off the moment the key is turned, so far no change. I do have it on charge at the moment though with a jumper from the black wire off the charger socket to # 1 battery negative and the relay in the charger jumpered out. I replaced the diode across the solenoid so at least I'm on the road and can recharge, as long as I keep an eye on it (no timer)
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Unread 09-04-2010, 09:05 PM   #18
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Default Re: diode across solonoid?

I had a customer's cart that was on the charger when lightening struck nearby... the charger and the obc were toasted. So it can happen.
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Unread 09-04-2010, 09:33 PM   #19
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Default Re: diode across solonoid?

Oh, could have been much worse. could have lost the house!
Found an OBC for $149.00 and ordered it, I can make the charger relay function if I bypass the OBC in the cart with a jumper from the sense wire fuse to # 1 negative, no current though withoit jumping from black wire from socket to #1 negative so I feel pretty good about the charger being OK and the OBC fried. Thanks for all the pointers, I was a comparative newbie a couple of weeks ago but sure have had a crash course, I'm much more comfortable with this puppy now!
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Unread 09-05-2010, 08:11 AM   #20
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Default Re: diode across solonoid?

This is the way many of us learned about carts so you are getting a grade A education in what happens when lightening strikes, which many of us will never get?
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