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Unread 11-14-2011, 09:54 PM   #1
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Question Batteries Hot After Repair

I had to put a new terminal on one of my 8 volt batteries in my48 volt Club Car golf cart after the terminal broke off while trying to loosen a battery cable. There had been a lot of build up on the terminal, and the terminal screw came out of the lead base.

The cart has a Lynx custom body sold by Larson of La Quinta, CA. It was built in 1999, and I am told that the frame is a 1996 Club Car (Series type). I don't know if the electrical system is the same origin as the frame, and Larson is now out of business.

The batteries did have the water level get below the plates on a couple of the cells, but not totally out of water. These are Trojan T-875 batteries.

I removed all the batteries, took the occasion to clean the compartment itself. I also cleaned all the batteries and connectors, and replaced the corroded cable.

I found an article, I think it may have been from this site, about how to drill a hole and tap the lead base for a new 5/16 set screw, to serve as a new terminal and followed the instructions in the article. That repair seemed to go very well, and after replacing all the terminal connections to all the batteries, the system and the charger seemed to be fine.

My charger is a Club Corp, and has been working just fine for years.

After a day of charging, I checked the batteries, and noticed that there was an unusual amount of heat in the battery compartment. I could feel some heat even on the bottom of the seat. I don't recall ever noticing it before, so now I am worried that perhaps something is not right. I used a photo and diagram of the wiring from before the repair to try to make sure I rewired everything correctly.

Both the charger and the cart are registering a full charge, but I am worried about the heat.

Thanks for any info you can provide.
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Unread 11-14-2011, 10:43 PM   #2
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Default Re: Batteries Hot After Repair

I like my infra-red on contact thermometer for these tests but you can just feel every cable and post until you pinpoint the heat and let us know what you find on the next charge...... you might just check around the new post after you run it a little and see if the new post is heating up?
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Unread 01-02-2012, 05:11 PM   #3
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Default Re: Batteries Hot After Repair

My batteries are no longer getting hot when charging. That seemed to happen only a time or two. I am still having power interruption problems, however. I checked the battery voltages and all 6 read 8.25 or higher volts.

Some days the cart will run, and handle 18 holes of golf OK, but even then you can feel the hesitations periodically in the power. However, the last couple of tries, it almost totally crapped out driving to the club house, so didn't even try to take it around the course. I thought I was going to have to push it home, but it eventually "jerked" home.

It seems to be worse when it is colder than when it is warmer.

Guess I will call the cart tech for a service call, but am interested in any comments.

Thanks,
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Unread 01-02-2012, 05:22 PM   #4
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need to know what speed system.....V-glide, pot box or M-cor ???....................................
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Unread 01-02-2012, 05:28 PM   #5
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Speed system is pot box.

Thanks for your reply.
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