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Unread 03-25-2013, 05:20 PM   #1
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Hey guys, new cart owner with what I hope are minor issues. Just got an '09
precedent last week, ashamed to say but I "cheated" and bought a package deal, lift, tires, lights, rear seat ect... already installed. Would have preferred roll my own but time didn't allow. Anyway, batteries are '09 US Batt. Will charge over 100% but after a short trip pack comes down to 50.0V. I'm trying to charge as much as possible after a shallow discharge. I know 4 yr old batts are probably due for replacement soon, that I know, but some of the batteries always have a small amount of water on them after recharging. Is this normal? Also the bottom of one of the battery hold down rods has completely corroded off!!! There is quite a bit of corrosion on the lower end of the other hold down rod. I wire wheeled all of the cable ends and battery post and think that may have helped some with the charging. I guess my question is will new batteries solve all my issues? Sorry so long winded for a simple question, but would appreciate any insight.

P.S. I added a small amount of distilled water to just cover the plates the same day I picked the cart up.

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Unread 03-25-2013, 06:17 PM   #2
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Default Re: Battery Issues

Some battery packs only go 4 years. How long they last depends upon the configuration, size, use,. and maintenance.


It sounds like you may be due
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Unread 03-25-2013, 07:07 PM   #3
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I have a new dilemma. I discovered that acid has leaked down through the battery tub and corroded one of the battery hold down bolts so that the "J" part of the hook is completely gone! There is also a block of corrosion the I'm trying to chip out with a screwdriver on the other side of the cart next to the frame. Signs of surface corrosion are apparent all up and down the frame. I'm debating on weather I should take the cart back where I got it and make them give me another on or if I should see if they will cut me a deal on some new batteries, keep the cart and try to neutralize everything myself. I just don't know how big a deal a little surface corrosion on the frame will turn out to be later down the road. The cart rides and drives great other than the issues I mentioned. FYI I get 20 mph on a flat black top with my 6" lift and 23" tires. Does that sound about right? Also its a 6x8V config.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 07:49 PM   #4
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My opinion...... Is two sided...

1) Buyer beware. How well did you look the cart over before you laid out your cash? You bought now you own it.

2) Take it back and tell them you want a different cart. Same year, same options, same price, better condition.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 10:20 PM   #5
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Yeah, the poor inspection before I took it home is on me. The cart does come with 90 day bumper to bumper warranty and 1yr on the motor. He seemed like a pretty reasonable guy, I guess we'll see. Gonna call him tomorrow and see what he has to say about everything.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 10:44 PM   #6
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I'd say don't worry about the corosion I have a 79 club car that had that when I bought it 20 years ago, only worse. I cleaned it up and a few times since then and it's still running strong and holding up fine.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 10:59 PM   #7
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I really don't want another cart, I may see if he will cut me a deal on some new batts though. He sells Trojan and Continental, don't know much about Continental, anyone got any thoughts? What about a good price? Thanks.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 11:19 PM   #8
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I have 4 trojan batteries in my cart and have good luck with them,don't know nothing about the other batteries.

Biggest thing to remember regardless on choice off batteries if you are wanting to get the best out of your batteries make sure to follow the sticky thread on breaking in new batteries.
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Unread 03-25-2013, 11:26 PM   #9
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Thanks, I will for sure follow the break in procedure and maintenance schedule I've seen recommended on here. I like to leave as little to chance as possible, especially with batts. costing what they do. Just wanted to say what a great site this is and thanks for all the help.
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