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Unread 06-15-2013, 10:36 AM   #1
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Hi all, I picked up a new cart yesterday. It is a 1987 club car. It was from an elderly woman in a country club community. Her husband used to use it but since passing away the car hasn't been used very much. New batteries installed 18 months ago. The cart was last charged a few weeks ago. I brought it home and put it on a charge around 6:00pm. This morning I woke up around 5:00am and it was still charging. It has a lestronic automatic charger which hums much louder than the charger I have for my 99 club car. Since I don't know the cart or charger yet, I opened the seat at 5:00am and I felt it was a little heat around the batteries so I pulled out the charger thinking maybe the automatic shutoff was not working properly? Could I be wrong? Any thing I should test? Could i over charge the batteries with an automatic charger? Water in all batteries is good. Sorry for the long post. Any insight would be great. Thanks!
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Unread 06-15-2013, 12:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1988 club car...a little scared

sometimes with low batteries it can take 24hrs to get to full charge
test full pack... 38.2v on a 36v system is full charge (test after batteries rest 12hr)
then check each battery all should be around 6.3v
if there is big difference you my have a bad battery
make sure all batteries are filled and cables are tight
see chart for info


good reading ---> Everything to do with batteries!
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Unread 06-16-2013, 12:11 AM   #3
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thank you very much for the reply. I will test each battery and the pack tomorrow and report back. thanks again
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Unread 06-16-2013, 10:08 AM   #4
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Good morning, I was home all day yesterday so I put the cart back on the charer and checked on it every so often. After about 3 hours it shut off automatically. I waited until today and I tested each battery and here is what I got... 6.39,6.41, 6.27, 6.23, 6.41, 6.42. Total pack at 38.13 Volts Does it sound like everything is okay with the batteries and charger? Thank you again
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Unread 06-16-2013, 10:25 AM   #5
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Look at the chart above in this post. You are just right for full charge.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 10:50 AM   #6
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Sometimes when you have one or two bats low the charger will stay on longer to get the pack to full charge which over cooks the good bats and that is what I am suspecting here. Is it possible you are running lights off those two low bats?

If you have a 6 volt battery charger you could see if the two low bats will take a full charge and if not might warrant replacement.
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Unread 06-16-2013, 11:13 AM   #7
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the cart is a club car like I said but it actually is a royal ride. (the rolls royce looking cart). It does have a lot of accessories. fans, lights, horn, radio, turn signals, windshield wiper, etc. I have had a chance to look over the cart a little and from what I can see, most if not all of the accessories are wired to the two batteries with the highest voltage. The two batteries with the lowest readings in the pack don't have anything extra connected to them. A little strange? Also, if anyone has a suggestion for this....I am going to take the cart apart for paint, would you suggest going through the cart and rewiring most of it because it is an older cart? Also replacing all the solenoids, microswitches, etc? Thank you all again
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Unread 06-16-2013, 11:14 AM   #8
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i'll be posting a pic of the cart in the members section
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Unread 06-16-2013, 11:42 AM   #9
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You either need a full pack voltage reducer or a separate battery for the accessories. Honestly, I would go with the second battery and add a fuse block for the accessories.

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You either need a full pack voltage reducer or a separate battery for the accessories.
I totally agree.
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