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Unread 10-04-2010, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default 2003 Club Car 48V battery condition meter

Hello I am new new to the forum but was hoping to find some information on a problem I am having with my 2003 Club Care 48 V. The cart is stock with the standard club car charger. Here lately after having the cart out and plugging it in to the charger the battery condition meter indicator does not move to the right to indicate a full charge after charging. It may move some or just stay where it was when plugged in to the charger. The charger comes on as normal and goes through a full cycle. When I check the batteries with a volt meter after charging they read about 8.4. Today after a few hours out in the cart the indicator went all the way to the left and started blinking. I still had plenty of power and checked the batteries with the volt meter when I returned and they read about 8.1. The batteries are about 2 years old. Could this be a faulty battery condition meter or a problem with the Club Car on board system.

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Unread 10-04-2010, 08:42 PM   #2
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Default Re: 2003 Club Car 48V battery condition meter

8.1 is pretty low .... how low do you normally take them? Can you get a reading on the whole pack? not just 1 battery?
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Unread 10-05-2010, 10:04 AM   #3
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After charging overnight the charging cycle completed but the battery condition meter in the cart is still at the far left and the indicator is still blinking. The volt reading on the entire battery pack is 50.9. Individual battery reading are at 8.5.
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Unread 10-05-2010, 01:35 PM   #4
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Default Re: 2003 Club Car 48V battery condition meter

Followup. As indicated earlier the charge meter in the cart was still in the far left hand position with the indicator blinking after a complete charge cycle. The voltage reading for the full 48v package and individual batteries would appear to be at the full charge level. I plugged the cart back in to the charger and the meter on the charger went to the full right position and after a short time the charger stopped charging as the meter on the charger went down to the left position. The charge meter in the cart now is in the far right position indicating a full charge.
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Unread 10-06-2010, 11:00 AM   #5
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Default Re: 2003 Club Car 48V battery condition meter

Again after using the cart yesterday afternoon for 9 holes of Golf the the charge meter in the cart had dropped from the far right full charge position to about 1/2 way. This morning after a full charge cycle the charge meter in the cart is still in the same position as it was when I plugged it in but the battery pack comes in at a full charge level of 50.9 V on the volt meter.

Am I correct in assuming that the problem could be a bad charge meter in the cart? I have found a replacement meter online if that's what it is.

Thanks for any comments

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Unread 10-06-2010, 01:20 PM   #6
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I have found a replacement meter online if that's what it is.
Be careful who you order this meter from, they look similar but they are not all the same.
If the one you order is made by Curtis you will be fine, be wary of all others.
I ordered one and had to return it after I read the specs.
Unless it's a Curtis, post up what you are buying before you make the purchase.
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Unread 10-06-2010, 03:02 PM   #7
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Be careful who you order this meter from, they look similar but they are not all the same.
If the one you order is made by Curtis you will be fine.
It is the Curtis meter. Here is link to one of the online retailers who carry this product.

http://www.lvssales.com/store/produc...0&cat=0&page=1

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Unread 10-06-2010, 03:21 PM   #8
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That's the correct meter Don.
Why not try some of our sponsors who make this site possible and at least see if they will match the $69.00 price but make sure it is the Curtis meter you are getting not a Chinese knock-off that can be had for $25.00 on ebay.
At least give them a call, sponsors are here: http://www.buggiesgonewild.com/site-sponsors.php
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Unread 10-06-2010, 04:03 PM   #9
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That's the correct meter Don.
Why not try some of our sponsors who make this site possible
Found the same thing at the same price with forum sponsor East Cost carts

https://www.eastcoastcarts.com/catal...mCarts/462.htm

So that's where I will order it from unless anyone has any other thoughts on what may be causing this problem.

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Unread 10-06-2010, 04:13 PM   #10
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You're a good man Don and thanks for supporting the sponsors!
The install is simple Pin 1 to 48v+, Pin 2 to 48v- and Pin4 to the key switch.
Good luck.
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