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Unread 10-19-2011, 06:52 PM   #21
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Can you get 8 or 16 volts to headlights or tail lights to see if they work?

I tried putting power diresctly to a headlight using the existing ground and it did nothing. I will try a jumper right from the battery with a new ground as well and see what that does......Havent checked continuity at all
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Unread 10-19-2011, 07:07 PM   #22
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I tried putting power diresctly to a headlight using the existing ground and it did nothing. I will try a jumper right from the battery with a new ground as well and see what that does......Havent checked continuity at all
I would test the lights to make sure they work, then you can take them out of equation and start looking elsewhere for the issue.
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Unread 10-19-2011, 07:16 PM   #23
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I will have to. They worked up till when I started this. Also need to find out if the relay I see is for the lights or not
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Could what you see be a turn signal flasher?
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Unread 10-19-2011, 07:39 PM   #25
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Could what you see be a turn signal flasher?
It's possible but I don't have turn signals so probably not. I will have to test it and see if it has any power. Maybe that will help identify it
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Default Re: Messed up my lights, looking for some help.....

Have you tested the bulbs with a meter? Do the filaments look like they are still intact, not burned into? I would either test the bulbs or try new bulbs. Can you jumper from the battery to the positive wire feeding the bulbs and test the ground?
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The filaments look intact for sure front and tail lights. I will try to jump power and ground and see what happens
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Unread 10-20-2011, 05:34 AM   #28
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I guess what is very strange is that you have six 8v batteries and you are getting 12 volts off the first battery when you test it . . . also that you are getting 12 volts anywhere that you test . . . one would think you would find multiples of 8 volts without a 48-12v reducer somewhere . . . interesting . . . . do all six of your batteries look the same, ie, number of filling caps?
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Unread 10-20-2011, 05:54 AM   #29
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Yes. All are identical and were new less than a year ago when I bought the cart. I have never worked on anything with batteries in series so it's all new to me
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So, I just went out and here is what I found out........

I ran a positive and negative jumper wire off the battery so I knew I was working with new wires and consistency, which was 12 volts off of one battery.

First thing I did was test the existing power lead to the switch, but I used my jumper ground this time........12 volts...........Then I opened the switch and tested the output side, 12 volts (again with the good jumper ground)

I disconnected all of the lights and tested the harnesses for power and all were dead, both with the existing ground, and the jumper ground.

I ran the jumper wires to all 4 lights and all worked.

I then ran the jumper wire to the light switch, and a new wire from the switch and tested the headlights(with my jumper ground) and both worked as they should.

I did another quick look at the wiring. I do not see a relay anywhere. The relay looking thing under the dash has 52volts on both sides, and isnt affected by the light switch operation.Each of the wires that run to the back of the cart has at least one splice with a wire connector, if not more. My cart is an after market stretch and it looks as though they just added to the existing wiring when it was stretched.



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The best guess I can come up with is that one of those wires must have a short in it somewhere, whether it is at a connector, or a breech in the insulation. If I am right, and there is no relay, then rewiring all of the lights with 1 consistent piece of new wire and a new, solid ground ought to solve the problem. Does this seem reasonable, or am I missing something else?????
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