lifted club cars - lifted ezgo
Home FAQDonate Who's Online
Go Back   Buggies Gone Wild Golf Cart Forum > Golf Cart Repair and Troubleshooting > Electric Club Car
Electric Club Car Electric DS, and Precedent golf cars



Post New Thread  Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
Unread 12-13-2013, 02:59 PM   #1
Gone Wild
Club Car
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Indio, CA The Desert!
Posts: 1,177
Default Precedent electric battery drains in 2 DAYS!

Have a 09 precedent, original owner. six 8 volt batteries.

This cart is all original from factory. It came with headlite and tail lite, and has no other accessories.

The dealer DID install a different key switch before I took it, so I would have a unique key. Also, supposedly the dealer put in a high speed motor, ( but for all I know, could have just installed code 4).

Anyway, since the day I got, the batteries will drain in 2 days, WITHOUT driving it at all. The charger will charge the batteries up, and whether I drive the cart or not, the batteries will drain down to almost nothing.

Now remember this has been going on since new. The club car dealer here in the desert, has never stood by this cart. I even wrote a letter to club car about ths, and never got any response. I just want the cart to stop draining the batteries.

2 months ago, had all new Trojan 8 volt batteries installed. Even with the new Trojans, I still have the same draining problem.

I never turn the lites on, and there are no other accessories of any kind on the cart.

Also the Club car dealer is having money issues, and just recently got rid of most employees, and are downsizing and being bought by the same money guy that owns the ezgo dealership here. That's a crappy sitch. Anyway, can someone give me some advice as to where to look to solve this issue?

Since I have new batteries, and it charges, and no accessories?
Thanks
smokey tennis shoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Alt Today
BGW

Golf car forum Sponsored Links

__________________
This advertising will not be shown in this way to registered members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Buggies Gone Wild Golf Cart Forum
   
Unread 12-13-2013, 03:37 PM   #2
Gone Wild
Club Car
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Cullman, AL/Destin, FL
Posts: 273
Default Re: Precedent electric battery drains in 2 DAYS!

I would start by charging it up and turn the tow/run switch to the tow position and see if it still drains.

Also, can you post a pic of the batteries and cables?
nobogez42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-13-2013, 03:57 PM   #3
Gone Wild
Club Car
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Alberta - Canada
Posts: 998
Default Re: Precedent electric battery drains in 2 DAYS!

Park and turn off the cart - disconnect the negative cable from the end of battery pack and insert a multimeter (set on DC Amps) between the negative battery post and the cable that you just removed. It will tell you if, and how big, the parasitic current drain is - which should help to troubleshoot the likely culprit.
joesam is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-13-2013, 04:12 PM   #4
72 volt torque monster
 
scottginfla's Avatar
Club Car
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Sorrento, FLA
Posts: 589
Default Re: Precedent electric battery drains in 2 DAYS!

This may not be of any help, but it could be the DC reducer pulling the pack down, disconnect it and see what happens, caint hurt to eliminate it as the culprit.
scottginfla is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-13-2013, 05:48 PM   #5
Stay thirsty my friends!
 
gornoman's Avatar
Mixed Breed
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Suburban Chicago
Posts: 25,042
Default Re: Precedent electric battery drains in 2 DAYS!

Quote:
Originally Posted by joesam View Post
Park and turn off the cart - disconnect the negative cable from the end of battery pack and insert a multimeter (set on DC Amps) between the negative battery post and the cable that you just removed. It will tell you if, and how big, the parasitic current drain is - which should help to troubleshoot the likely culprit.
This test MAY, I repeat MAY, be destructive to a typical home use multimeter, only because if he is loosing the whole pack in 2 days the amp draw will be considerable and $25 meters could fold (smoke) under that load. Every multimeter has a capacity range and a fuse (hopefully). Exceeding the range by measuring an "unknown" parameter could destroy it. A DC clamp-on amp meter would be a much safer direction as they will have much higher ratings better suited to the problem presented.

It's fairly obvious there is a major component staying energized. I would look for heat.
gornoman is online now   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-13-2013, 05:53 PM   #6
Gone Wild
 
jjance's Avatar
Club Car
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Chattanooga TN
Posts: 2,105
Default Re: Precedent electric battery drains in 2 DAYS!

How does it ride when you first take it off the charger with a full charge. Anything usual. Does everything work like it should? Is there a reason you don't turn the lights on?
jjance is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-13-2013, 06:03 PM   #7
Gone Wild
Club Car
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Alberta - Canada
Posts: 998
Default Re: Precedent electric battery drains in 2 DAYS!

I guess its possible to overload a multimeter this way. Mine can measure 20 amps safely. If the draw is higher than that, I suppose you could just dim the lights and watch for whatever is glowing red!

In retrospect, disconnecting the negative may be risky, because if there is a big draw, the spark of disconnecting/re-connecting could be risky near the batteries.
joesam is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-13-2013, 06:26 PM   #8
Old Sky Soldier
 
mrgolf's Avatar
Club Car
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Kentucky
Posts: 2,980
Default Re: Precedent electric battery drains in 2 DAYS!

If you do disconnect the neg battery cable be SURE to put the cart in Tow first.
mrgolf is online now   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-13-2013, 07:06 PM   #9
Gone Wild
Club Car
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Indio, CA The Desert!
Posts: 1,177
Default Re: Precedent electric battery drains in 2 DAYS!

I am gone for the weekend, but will be back on Monday. I will then take some pcs and post them.

So I will charge the batteries first, then will right down the voltage. Then will let it sit for a day and take voltage readings again. Then let sit another day, and will take readings again.

Then will charge again, then turn the tow switch to off, and let sit for a day and take reading, then let sit another day and take another reading?

I don't understand , if the tow switch is bad, how a switch can drain a battery! A switch does not pull any juice or does not pull a load by itself?
smokey tennis shoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 12-13-2013, 07:17 PM   #10
Stay thirsty my friends!
 
gornoman's Avatar
Mixed Breed
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Suburban Chicago
Posts: 25,042
Default Re: Precedent electric battery drains in 2 DAYS!

Quote:
Originally Posted by smokey tennis shoe View Post

I don't understand , if the tow switch is bad, how a switch can drain a battery! A switch does not pull any juice or does not pull a load by itself?
The switch itself does not draw a load, it only ALLOWS a load to be drawn. The intent here is to determine whether the Run/Tow switch allows a load to be drawn when the cart is idle. It shouldn't, but it may establish a direction to follow. If there is no difference, we look elsewhere. Just do these tests one-at-a-time please so we can find the culprit.
gornoman is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply
Go Back   Buggies Gone Wild Golf Cart Forum > Golf Cart Repair and Troubleshooting > Electric Club Car


Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
EZ-GO DCS drains batteries with no accessories Electric EZGO
85 marathon battery drains, voltage regulator? Gas EZGO
2000 EZGO TXT Gas leak from CARB drains Gas EZGO
Can I replace my 12v Battery with an AUTOMOTIVE Battery? (2005 Club Car Precedent) Electric Club Car


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:49 PM.


Club Car Electric | EZGO Electric | Lifted Golf Carts | Gas EZGO | Used Golf Carts and Parts

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.