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Unread 09-03-2014, 07:33 PM   #1
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Post Powerdrive Charger Circuit Breaker By-passed

My Powerglide 48V charger had been working just fine for the past 20-25 charge cycles, and I was cleaning the dust off the outside and noticed that the bottom was kinda bent up, and thought, "well I'll just take it apart, and straighten it out", plus I was a little curious to see if it needed anything cleaned, spiders blown out, etc.

When I got the cover off, I was surprised to find the circuit breaker had been circumvented; disconnected and the black input line connected to the relay. I reconnected everything properly, and the charger wouldn't work, so I am assuming the circuit breaker is bad, and the previous owner by-passed the circuit breaker when it stopped functioning.

I am going to order a new circuit breaker, but wanted to know if I should go for a complete repair kit, or am I wasting my $$$? The charger was manufactured in 1999.
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Unread 09-03-2014, 08:04 PM   #2
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Default Re: Powerdrive Charger Circuit Breaker By-passed

the breakers are known to go weak and pop .. i'd just do the breaker for now
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Unread 09-04-2014, 12:24 AM   #3
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Default Re: Powerdrive Charger Circuit Breaker By-passed

I appreciate the advice, I was thinking along those lines, and hoped that the other components were high on the reliability scale. It isn't like it is a big deal to take the cover off the charger to replace another component if one should wear out down the line.
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Unread 09-04-2014, 09:35 AM   #4
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Default Re: Powerdrive Charger Circuit Breaker By-passed

You could always install an inline fuse instead of replacing the breaker. Use a slow blow same current rating as the breaker.
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