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Unread 09-04-2010, 09:48 PM   #11
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Who do the battery load test? What are the voltage readings while on the battery charger? That will tell you if the batteries are at fault for the charger not turning off. Thats an easy check.

It could be an OBC as others have said, but Id get the easy checks out of the way first.
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Unread 09-05-2010, 08:33 AM   #12
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The maintenance guy at the golf course did the load test. I want to do the voltage readings myself. I have a voltage meter, can you please tell me how to do the voltage readings. I'm a golfer not a mechanic!
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Unread 09-05-2010, 11:55 AM   #13
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The voltage meter at 300V~ an hour after a 14 hour charge was 18. With the charger plugged in was between 20 & 22. The meter at 300V... unplugged was 8 and plugged was 10. This means nothing to me so I hope it helps you diagnose my problem. All my cables are 6 gauge. Someone suggested they should be 4 gauge.
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Unread 09-05-2010, 05:20 PM   #14
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The voltage meter at 300V~ an hour after a 14 hour charge was 18. With the charger plugged in was between 20 & 22. The meter at 300V... unplugged was 8 and plugged was 10. This means nothing to me so I hope it helps you diagnose my problem. All my cables are 6 gauge. Someone suggested they should be 4 gauge.
Are you sure these numbers are correct? If so you need batteries.

Is there anyone you know who is a mechanic? maybe they can take the voltage readings?
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Unread 09-05-2010, 05:27 PM   #15
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Maybe I did something wrong. I thought 6 batteries at 8V equaled 48V. What should they be? I can have the golf course double check them sometime this week.
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Unread 09-06-2010, 05:15 PM   #16
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So, I'm pretty new to golf carts in particular but have a couple suggestions for your troubleshooting.
I noticed you said you had the meter set to 300V~. The ~ is sometimes a symbol for AC, or Alternating Current. Batteries supply DC, or Direct Current, so if you're testing batteries you need to make sure the meter's set to read DC. The symbol for that is a horizontal bar with three dots beneath it. Check your batteries individually again, going between the + and - of each battery, and check for at least 8vdc on each one, and less than .5v variation from one to the next. If you have a battery that's low, say 6v instead of 8, it could mean that one cell is shorted out and keeping the pack voltage lower than the charger expects it to be when 'full', thus keeping it from shutting off. Also check water levels! If they've been getting hot regularly the water levels could be way low. Add only distilled water!

That's my idea. Hope it helps.
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Unread 09-06-2010, 05:39 PM   #17
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Thank you, yes each battery is at 8V DC. The water levels are good. I'm thinking, unfortunately, it might be the OBC. I will try to test it sometime soon. Thank you for your help everyone!
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Unread 09-06-2010, 09:00 PM   #18
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if your batts are only at 8 volts thats a problem a good 8 volt is gonna read closer to 8.5 or 9 volts.....that could be why charger is not shutting off, i would still load test them..................if it were me i would hope its the OBC rather than the batts only because of the difference in what its going to cost your looking at 200.00 vs 600.00..............again if your readings are correct and batts are like 8 volt or 8.15 volt after a full charge thats not good........................
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