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Unread 03-28-2011, 04:52 PM   #1
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Default Avoiding Electrical Spark/Shock

I have a Club Car with six-6 volt batteries aligned exactly like the diagram in the Battery Sticky. Is there a simple way to disconnect one or more of the battery cables so as to eliminate the possibility of electrical shock or spark. I have read "remove the negative cable." Which one and where? There are several! I have been told to "remove the red (+) cable leading from the positive terminal to the forward/reverse switch." Please try to be as specific as possible when describing the safety procedure. This is my first post, and I apologize if this has been covered elsewhere. I'm just looking for a basic procedure. thanks.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 04:58 PM   #2
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Notice every cable connects a battery to a battery, except for 2. Those are the main Positive ( passenger side) and the main Negative ( driver's side)

Once you disconnect those the cart is free from any electrical input. However you can still short out a battery with a carelessly placed or dropped wrench....
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Unread 03-28-2011, 05:09 PM   #3
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Thanks Scotty. Something so simple that even I will not likely forget! I don't get under the seat with a wrench very often, but when I do I begin to sweat. I feel better now
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I have a old auto fender cover that I throw over batterys while work near batterys on carts. That along with several common sized wrenches that I have covered with electrical tape to cut the chances of shorting.
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for added safety, use insulated tools. if not insulated from the manufacturer, you can insulate them yourself with products like plastidip, heat shrink, that as seen on tv silicon wrap, etc. these batteries have enough current to weld. dropping a thick steel tool across the studs or a accidental short while wrenching on something could be bad news.

remove any conductive jewelry. watches, rings, etc.

wear eye protection. sulfuric acid ranks 7 out of 10 on the bad stuff to get on you scale. you don't want it on your skin and you especially don't want it in your eyes!

i mostly wear nitrile gloves when working on the cart. i wear mechanix gloves on occasion. they wear out kinda fast though. the nitrile is nice because you get keep a lot of dexterity, are chemical resistant, and you get a fresh pair everytime you put on gloves.
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Unread 03-29-2011, 08:30 AM   #7
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SONICJ Are nitrile gloves latex as I cant have anything latex near my skin and where are they available? I would like the better feel of surgical type gloves BUT??
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Under the seat STUBBY WRENCHES rule, they are not long enough to reach post to post yet they give you plenty of leverage to tighten the electrical connections!


If you have to use a long wrench keep one hand covering the free end at all times ~ This will help avoid an accidental short.
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every tool i use is either wrapped in tape or dipped in liquid rubber or bought already insulated, all it takes is to drop a tool and it hits in the wrong spot...how many times have we seen that happen......................
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every tool i use is either wrapped in tape or dipped in liquid rubber or bought already insulated, all it takes is to drop a tool and it hits in the wrong spot...how many times have we seen that happen......................
Just once but I thought we agreed not to tell anybody about it!? IT WASN'T MY FAULT
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