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Unread 05-01-2012, 04:16 PM   #1
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Default Batteries Low on Water

What are the symptoms of the batteries being low on water? I have a 1989 Club Car 36v with Crown batteries and was "told" the batteries are less than one year old. The cart would only hold a charge for about 2 miles on level paved roads. I added some water to the batteries but still no change? Any suggestions?

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Unread 05-01-2012, 04:30 PM   #2
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. . . batteries should have fluid level about 1/4 inch above plates . . . only use distilled water to replenish levels . . .
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Unread 05-01-2012, 04:52 PM   #3
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Voltage readings on each battery???
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Unread 05-01-2012, 05:22 PM   #4
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8.6 across all batteries

8.3 after 2 mile paved road
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Unread 05-01-2012, 05:33 PM   #5
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SORRY!

6.8 across all batteries

6.3 after 2 mile paved road
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. . . 6.3 is 90% charge/battery . . . guess I don't understand what problem really is . . .
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Unread 05-01-2012, 07:27 PM   #7
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Default Re: Batteries Low on Water

How low were the batteries when you filled them? They may be toast if they took a lot of water! Do a running load test ( connect your meter across the pack ) and see what voltage you have while driving, then do the same for each battery. You'll find out where your problem is!
Just to be sure, you have charged them since adding water, and let the charger complete it's cycle until it shut itself off? Do this if you haven't and then do the load test.
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The cart will only run for 2 miles then goes super slow, almost no movement. It does seem to lunge a little every now and then so I wonder if there is something loose?
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Sounds like a bad battery (s)!
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Unread 05-02-2012, 08:02 AM   #10
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Yup. I would say batteries are bad. But you should check your battery levels once a month.
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