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Unread 12-11-2011, 11:36 AM   #1
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Yesterday I ws out with the cart enjoying my hobby. I had taken it off the trailer, pulled it up to the van, put my gear on the cart, aand drove, maybe, 50 yards. About 30 minutes later I backed it out, put it in forward gear and nothing. Would not move.
The batteries are Trojan and used a bit. The hand meter says to the low side of good on each. My voltmeter in the dash (a red, green, white, red model) shows a little more to the right in the white with full charge.
A friend who has a little electricl eperience got a meter and started searching. We found that the "fuseable link" was loose on one side, not burned in half. Created temporary pressure on the wire and got it home. But.....
it is sick. Very slow in acceleration. Charge still shows in the white and about halfway. When you floor the pedal, the needle will peg to the left in the red and slowly move out. The cart will normally pull my 12' utility traier up to the van with no problem. Slight grade but easy. It won't make it now.
I have the cart on charge as I type. I will be back later for aany idea that you might have. Thank you for reading.
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Unread 12-11-2011, 11:48 AM   #2
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start with the batteries and cables.............clean all cable ends and make sure all are good and tight........if your unsure about the batteries thats a good a place as any to start..... check water and add distilled water if needed to approx 1/4 inch over the lead plates.......get a digital voltage meter and check voltage of each battery ( all it takes is one to fail ) and if you can load test each one..........from your post this sounds like a battery issue and it might be time for santa to put new batteries in cart............what brand? and how old are they?..........................
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Unread 12-11-2011, 11:49 AM   #3
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Yesterday I ws out with the cart enjoying my hobby. I had taken it off the trailer, pulled it up to the van, put my gear on the cart, aand drove, maybe, 50 yards. About 30 minutes later I backed it out, put it in forward gear and nothing. Would not move.
The batteries are Trojan and used a bit. The hand meter says to the low side of good on each. My voltmeter in the dash (a red, green, white, red model) shows a little more to the right in the white with full charge.
A friend who has a little electricl eperience got a meter and started searching. We found that the "fuseable link" was loose on one side, not burned in half. Created temporary pressure on the wire and got it home. But.....
it is sick. Very slow in acceleration. Charge still shows in the white and about halfway. When you floor the pedal, the needle will peg to the left in the red and slowly move out. The cart will normally pull my 12' utility traier up to the van with no problem. Slight grade but easy. It won't make it now.
I have the cart on charge as I type. I will be back later for aany idea that you might have. Thank you for reading.
You may have a bad battery. After a full charge check the voltage on each one under load ( drive up a slight grade ) and this will show up a weak battery. The reason I say bad battery, is that I have the same gauge and under full power mine never goes past halfway in the Green. I know you have already checked all your cable connections, right?
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Unread 12-11-2011, 12:02 PM   #4
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Batteries are about 4 years old. Used heavy. Trojans. Cleaned the cable/battery connections few days ago. I run round a couple of acres and Friday it was feeling perky as usual. Water level is good.

All batteries show in the low end of "good" with a handheld.

If the dash gauge shows the same charge level as in the past, why would it be so sluggish now. I agree that it does sound like batteries, but it ran great Friday.

It died and after we tinkered it came to life.

Why did it go stone cold dead, and runs now, albeit, slow?

The fuse over the charger connection, does that just serve as protection from the charger? If it is gone,does it affect the charge?

I am using logic to slove this thing. Not eperience. Maybe thats the problem.
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Unread 12-11-2011, 12:12 PM   #5
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I am using logic to solve this thing. Not experience. Maybe that's the problem.
At least you came to the right place for help/answers . . . take a number . . . the Wizard will be right with you . . .
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Unread 12-11-2011, 12:19 PM   #6
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if that fuse is blown than batteries arn,t charging..............................
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Walked out to the garage a few minutes ago and as I was approaching the cart the battery charger clicked off. The dash meter showed a very good charge. I had cleaned the post on the fuseable link and soldered it firmly in place. Apparently the charge took well as the meter hand was to the far right on the edge of the white. However, I jumped in the cart and after about three trips down to the lake and back to the house (slight incline), the cart became weaker with every trip. Now the dash meter is in the left side of the white. The needle started off by going halfway into the green but, at the last, was again pegging far left to the red.

Man, I hate to spend that kind of money on batteries.
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Walked out to the garage a few minutes ago and as I was approaching the cart the battery charger clicked off. The dash meter showed a very good charge. I had cleaned the post on the fuseable link and soldered it firmly in place. Apparently the charge took well as the meter hand was to the far right on the edge of the white. However, I jumped in the cart and after about three trips down to the lake and back to the house (slight incline), the cart became weaker with every trip. Now the dash meter is in the left side of the white. The needle started off by going halfway into the green but, at the last, was again pegging far left to the red.

Man, I hate to spend that kind of money on batteries.
Now try the load test! I still think you may have one weak battery. You can replace just one, but it should be of the same rating and age.
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Unread 12-11-2011, 03:10 PM   #9
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Whats the trick in doing the load test? Get a board to set on or hook up the meter and put the seat back on with meter showing?

What would happen if I tie it to a tree and simply increase pedal pressure?

BTW, I was reading another post close by and mine does the same. Quicker than anything in reverse.'Course still doesn't count for the slippin' needle.

Grasping at straws.

OK, load test comin' up.
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Unread 12-11-2011, 04:14 PM   #10
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you got a bad cell. know doubt in my mind
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