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Unread 05-09-2008, 08:23 PM   #1
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I have a 1992 electric club car 36 v. It was running fine. Charged it and when I went to unplug the charger the next morning the gargage smelled like rotten eggs (sulphur). The neddle on the charger was flicking at about 16- 19 amps.
Usually the charger would be shut off by this time. Now cart won't go. It makes a little sputtering sound in forward and nothing in reverse. The cable wire from the forward/reverse switch to the motor at the switch got very hot. I noticed a loose cable wire form the forward/reverse switch to the solenoid.
I fixed that wire and plugged in the charger and it immediately had the same smelled so I unplugged it. The batteries are Trojans all about 5 months old.
Any thought of what might be wrong?
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Unread 05-09-2008, 09:46 PM   #2
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Hi "imstevep" and Welcome to the forum...............

The rotten egg smell is very typical of a battery or batteries being Overcharged or charged for too long.

Get a volt meter first and check the battery voltages. A good 6 volt battery will be a little over 6 volts.

And for beginners, make sure the water in all the batteries are about a quarter inch above the plates in each cell. If not, use distilled water. Distilled is best for the life of the batteries, but tap water will do.

Chances are, you will find one bad battery and it's pulling the other batteries down and causing your charger to run way too long. Or, They could all be very low on water.

You can also use a Hydrometer and check the gravity of the batteries. This will tell you if a battery is good or bad.

Also, how old are your batteries?

There will be others on here who will help out also. Don't be afraid to ask.
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Unread 05-09-2008, 10:54 PM   #3
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Thanks for your reply.
The batteries are 5 months old all purchased new at the same time. I've been
checking the water level only after the batteries had a full charge and the level was where it was suppose to be.
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Unread 05-10-2008, 12:44 PM   #4
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Please I need more info for this problem if anyone can help it would be appreciated!! Thank you
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Unread 05-10-2008, 01:03 PM   #5
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That smell is Hydrogen gas produced by the batteries. There will always be hydrogen gas produced unless the battery is bad.

Check all your connections and make sure they are clean and tight. Take them off one at a time, clean it, put it back on. Get a wiring diagram, print it off and make sure all your connections are right.

Check your F/R switch.....push the pedal down and wiggle the F/R switch back and forth and see it it moves.
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Unread 05-10-2008, 01:34 PM   #6
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Thanks Roady! I'm on my way do that now.
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Unread 05-12-2008, 09:53 AM   #7
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The cable wire between the forward and reverse switch was loose. I replaced it. Batteries # 1- 3 were charged at 6.56, 6.61 and 6.57 volts. Batteries #4-6
were charged between 4.5 - 3.1 volts. The forward/reverse switch is connected to battery #4 by the cable wire that had the loose connection so does that explain why those 3 batteries didn't get charged? Can I have just those 3 batteries (#4-6) connected and charge them with the charger for the cart or do I need to charge them seperately using a charger capable of charging 6 volt batteries? I would greatly appreciate any help.
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Unread 05-12-2008, 11:22 AM   #8
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Somethings not wired right on the charge wiring. From charger receptable one wire should go to #1 batt positive and other wire to #6 negative. Be sure to charge up your batteries 4-6 with a automotve charger to balance out the batteries before using cart charger. The voltage you posted for 4-6 batteries show they are completely disc harged and may be damaged. Voltage should not drop below 6v.
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Unread 05-21-2008, 01:40 AM   #9
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Is there a posibility that the fw/r switch has a problem ? I thought that they had 36v forward and 18 reverse. Now if Normally the charge is applied to all batteries wired in series (6x6=36) . if there is a problem with that switch, it might be shorting out the three batteries used for the reverse mode of operation. Thus overcharging the first 1 to 3,three batteries, and not charging the last three batteries 4 to 6.
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Unread 05-21-2008, 08:31 AM   #10
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Stevey, where are those voltage and hydrometer readings from your batteries? Hard to say what could be wrong without proper diagnoses ?!
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