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Unread 01-03-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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Default Cart tries to move but can't

I've had no problem with my used cart for the past 2 years but this morning I went to go to the corner store and it acted like something was holding me back, it would only move about a inch in forward and reverse. It's fully charged and the yellow light on the dash won't go out either. It vibrates a little when it tries to move.
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Unread 01-03-2011, 03:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: Cart tries to move but can't

You have a bad battery or batteries.
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Unread 01-03-2011, 04:02 PM   #3
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I know you are looking for fast solutions to your problem so it always helps if you include the model ( series F&R lever under right leg ) ( Regen Rocker type switch under right leg ) and battery pack voltage ( 36 or 48 volt ) and even serial number under passenger glove box on frame, when asking for help. 1997 had several different pedal controls ( V Glide under drivers seat ) ( 2 different black boxes under drivers floor connected to pedal assembly ) so really need more info please. This eliminates doing alot of guessing on forums members part.
If you have any battery test results they would be very helpful in diagnoses, so please post them if you still have them?
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Unread 01-03-2011, 04:18 PM   #4
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Sorry, Maybe this will help. I just went out and took these.










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Unread 01-03-2011, 04:48 PM   #5
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Yes pictures always help alot, by the way a nice clean straight cart for that year. From pictures and serial number you should have a 48 volt series cart ( F&R lever )? The battery light that stays on after full charge indicates you have a battery problem ( low charge or bad batterys as thats its purpose )? I would first check all battery cable connections as even though they look good they can NOT have good connections? Then if you have a digital volt meter ( Harbor Freight $3-$6. ) I would check each battery and total pack voltage and record for forum comparison, or better yet a single float hydrometer with temparature correcting scale ( Auto parts store $5-7. ) ( NOT A ANITFREEZE MULTI FLOAT TESTER ) and take readings on each cell in each battery and again record for forums comparison. NOTE ALL TESTS SHOULD BE DONE AT LEAST ONE HOUR AFTER UNHOOKING CHARGER and BEFORE adding any DISTILLED WATER. Look close at 2 batterys under driver as for some reason they seem to go bad first?? Post results so you can get back on the road.
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Unread 01-03-2011, 05:03 PM   #6
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Do I need to disconnect the cables from the batteries to test them? I have a volt Meter but it dosen't apply a load.
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Yes pictures always help alot, by the way a nice clean straight cart for that year. From pictures and serial number you should have a 48 volt series cart ( F&R lever )? The battery light that stays on after full charge indicates you have a battery problem ( low charge or bad batterys as thats its purpose )? I would first check all battery cable connections as even though they look good they can NOT have good connections? Then if you have a digital volt meter ( Harbor Freight $3-$6. ) I would check each battery and total pack voltage and record for forum comparison, or better yet a single float hydrometer with temparature correcting scale ( Auto parts store $5-7. ) ( NOT A ANITFREEZE MULTI FLOAT TESTER ) and take readings on each cell in each battery and again record for forums comparison. NOTE ALL TESTS SHOULD BE DONE AT LEAST ONE HOUR AFTER UNHOOKING CHARGER and BEFORE adding any DISTILLED WATER. Look close at 2 batterys under driver as for some reason they seem to go bad first?? Post results so you can get back on the road.
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Unread 01-03-2011, 05:34 PM   #8
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No you do not need to disconnect to test with a volt meter. You can test each batterie by its self.
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Unread 01-03-2011, 05:41 PM   #9
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not knowing much myself and not saying it is the problem or it may even be a prior issue/repair but is the terminal on the top right (in the battery pic) burned/loose ? Yhe one right below it looks a little bad too. Maybe it is just the pic ?
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Unread 01-03-2011, 05:49 PM   #10
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Check and post the date stamp on the batteries.
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