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Unread 12-01-2011, 07:13 PM   #1
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my cart left me stranded today while hunting. i hit a bump coming out and it slowed down and quit moving. I let it sit a sec and put it back in fwd it went very slow then started go stop go stop then stop for good. u could smell like a rotten egg smell. u can let it sit a bit and it will do the same thing. does anyone know what I can start checking. one battery was hot on one side while all the others where cool. I tried checking the batteries all were the same reading. but dont really know what im doing. I can touch a pos and the frame and get the same reading as the battery. is this normal. thanks
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Unread 12-01-2011, 07:32 PM   #2
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Default Re: how to check for a bad battery

You should not have power at the frame, that is likely a short..... you may have a bad battery or two. Connect the meter to the pack and drive, tell us what the readings drop to.
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Unread 12-01-2011, 07:44 PM   #3
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also check all your cables make sure nothing happened........for the heck of it check the water in each one and when done checking voltage load test them............................
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Unread 12-01-2011, 08:35 PM   #4
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is there any specific terminals you touch when checking?
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Unread 12-01-2011, 08:48 PM   #5
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Default Re: how to check for a bad battery

" rotten egg smell " is usually the result of a bad cell in a battery. When you hit the bump, it may have jammed some of the plates shorting out the cell and causing the heat you described. A voltage under load test will show up a bad battery.
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Unread 12-01-2011, 08:48 PM   #6
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i do know when you are checking for a bad batttery the cart needs to have a slight load on it meaning put a wood block or something in front of your tire and press on the gas slightly and then check each battery individually.
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Unread 12-01-2011, 09:04 PM   #7
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i put my meter on DC 50 all batteries read 46. I touch pos and frame meter goes to 150 then I touch the pos that goes to solenoid and the neg that has the inline fuse and it pegs my needle out. Is this right. Ill go do a load test
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Unread 12-01-2011, 09:23 PM   #8
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I just checked the voltage under a load the battery that was hot today started at 46 and under a load went to 0 and smoke come out of a fill hole. all other batteries never moved off of 46.
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Unread 12-01-2011, 10:11 PM   #9
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try checking each one by itself..........i take it that 46 is pack voltage and if though you really need to go over each battery also the frame voltage is worrisome..............................
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