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Unread 05-29-2008, 12:35 PM   #1
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I have acquired a 1994 club car 36v with I think the vglide accelorator. When I picked it up it had not been used in a year. Batteries were shot so I put in 6 new 6v deka GC10 batteries. Ran the batteries down and tried to charge them....Charger did not work so I used a neighbor's. His started the charge but it never shut off after 12hrs of charging the new batteries. (a bit of boiling was noticed as well.) The neighbors battery charger apparently shuts off on his so I figured it should on mine. I unhooked the charger and began checking the wiring for mistakes. I can't enlarge you site's wiring diagrams to read them for some reason so I could use some help with that as well....

The batteries I'm sure are over charged at about 7.5v each. Any pointers on where to start?

Hello everyone...(Forgot to start out by saying hi and thanks in advance.)
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Unread 05-29-2008, 07:11 PM   #2
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Welcome Jackman...........................

Someone will be with you shortly................
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Unread 05-29-2008, 10:11 PM   #3
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Welcome. Search the site and read everything you can find about battery care and proper usage. It is a big investment......treat them right.
Basically each cell of you battery is capable of 2.5 volts x 3 = 7.5 volts.
At 6.0 volts the battery is empty. Do not discharge below or charge above these marks for extended battery life. Good luck
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Unread 05-30-2008, 08:56 AM   #4
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Scotty,
I believe the batteries are hooked up correctly and charged to the correct level as indicated by your post. Now I have no forward or reverse. I checked the voltage across the solenoid and its 38v when the pedal is depressed and the switch is in forward or reverse. So I'm guessing the switch and the solenoid are good. What should I look for next? I'm hoping the motor didn't die on me. It was working so well before I charged.
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Well...I spoke to the local cart shop and the guy told me to get 6guage wire and jump the two middle terminals on the motor momentarily and if the cart moves the motor is fine. I did this while in fwd and the key turned and with accelorator down and no movement. Bad motor?
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Unread 05-31-2008, 01:12 PM   #6
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Well its fixed. Just a bad switch and a losse ground. It runs better but I think I may have to switch at some point to a 48v motor with 8v batteries. I think the 36 volt setup doesn't give me enough capacity(distance). Seems like I barely get somewhere and my batteries need charged. (They are only 1 week old)

By the way, these club car chargers....do they always hum loud when they charge or is there something wrong with it? Just curious.

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Unread 05-31-2008, 01:40 PM   #7
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By the way, these club car chargers....do they always hum loud when they charge or is there something wrong with it? Just curious.

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They don't always makes lots of noise, but when they do it's usually not a problem.

The reason they make noise is because of the loose plates in the transformer. However it does not affect the charging. It's just an annoyance.
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Well its fixed. Just a bad switch and a losse ground. It runs better but I think I may have to switch at some point to a 48v motor with 8v batteries. I think the 36 volt setup doesn't give me enough capacity(distance). Seems like I barely get somewhere and my batteries need charged. (They are only 1 week old)

By the way, these club car chargers....do they always hum loud when they charge or is there something wrong with it? Just curious.

Thanks!

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How far is somewhere? Flat ground?
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Unread 06-01-2008, 07:27 AM   #9
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Its all flat here in Delaware. The hills that are here are not big.....just a slight increase in grade, not even a hill. We attempted to goto the beach in one of our community's developments. Its just over 2.5 miles of travel on flat ground one way. (There are cart paths to follow ect) I see in previous posts that 5 to 5.5 miles is about the limit for this setup?
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Unread 06-01-2008, 07:32 AM   #10
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A healthy golf cart should go about 20 miles on a single charge..Of course less for inclines and hills.
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