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Unread 08-18-2010, 12:23 PM   #1
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Default 96 36v ezgo is jumpy

This is my first time using this. I use my ezgo txt on our complex at work, not to heavy use, but handy. I had poor batteries in it so i changed them, drew out the wiring the way it was so i didn't misswire, put the new batteries and wires in and it ran great, took it around and stopped where i needed to got back on and all it does is barly move. If you push the go pedal about a half inch it will move any more than that it just jumps around. I have checked all the cables and connections. replaced the selonoid, no change. I charged it over night thinking that it was low, and no change. Anyone have an idea on what is wrong?
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Unread 08-18-2010, 12:28 PM   #2
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Default Re: 96 36v ezgo is jumpy

That's usually a sign of low batteries or bad/loose/corroded connections.
Check all battery connections for clean and tight.
What is the total battery pack voltage? A full charge should be about 38.2v.
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Unread 08-18-2010, 01:13 PM   #3
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Thats what I assumed, I checked and even put some of the old cables on. I show 37v. My old batteries only had 34 and it worked most of the day. I don't understand.
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Unread 08-18-2010, 01:15 PM   #4
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Oh, when on charge, the voltege meter on the charger is jumpy also. Is it the batteries, or one of them? I did a gravity test on them and they were all showing good.
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Unread 08-18-2010, 01:19 PM   #5
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can you identify which drive system you have.
PDS = F&R toggle switch on dash and a run tow switch on the controller cover under the seat.
DCS = Shift lever by drivers knee and a run tow switch on the controller cover under the seat.
SERIES = shift lever by drivers knee connects with a linkage rod to the F&R assembly under the passenger seat
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Unread 08-18-2010, 01:44 PM   #6
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Series. I just checked it, and the voltege dropped. the charger is on it now and has stopped jumping around.
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Are these new batteries? Check out some proper battery break-in routine.....

NEW BATTERIES?
Battery breakin or break in procedure procedures

NEW BATTERY BREAK-IN PROCEDURE:
Following proper break-in procedure can increase the strength and the useful life span of your new batteries. New batteries are initially about 75% of their full strength. The following procedure will insure they reach their full potential.
The 1st 10 to 20 complete charge/discharge cycles are critical to insure they reach 100%. New batteries should be charged before use and thereafter as follows:
Plug the charger in and leave it alone until charger shuts off by itself. Then drive to discharge the batteries to 75% battery pack capacity (see chart) Plug the cart back in and repeat the charge cycle.......It is very important you let it charge until it is completely done. Repeat this for the first 10 - 20 cycles......by the 12th cycle you will notice a difference in power, speed, and run-time.........I have never had a customer say they have not noticed the increase.
Most importantly, NEVER run the battery pack down below 50% of capacity throughout their entire life. Never leave the batteries in a state of discharge for extended periods of time. Recharge the pack once a week if the cart is sitting idle or in storage. And when in doubt, recharge it.
During the break-in procedure, keep an eye on the water levels. T can take 12 hours or more for the 1st few Charging times. These extended charge cycles may evaporate some of the water. ( use distilled water only )
As the batteries break in you will notice the charge time gets shorter. Eventually going from 12 to 5-6 hours per recharge.
ONCE A MONTH:
Routine maintenance is the 2nd most important thing to insure you get the most use out of your new battery pack. It is critical that you get into a routine of spending 10 - 15 minutes a month to keep the cable connections clean and check the water levels. Proper water level is critical. Dry batteries die quickly.
Keep the Distilled Water level up to the bottom of the fill hole sleeve or a half inch above the lead plates. Do not fill to the top.
Use a hard nylon brush to remove any visible corrosion. Carefully check that all of the cable connections are tight. Loose connections cause arching which will melt the soft lead terminals. Spray-on Battery Terminal Protector is available from the auto parts store and greatly reduces corrosive build up.
I hope this helps you get the most use possible out of your battery investment.
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Unread 08-18-2010, 03:19 PM   #8
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Ok, thank you for the help. I will try that.
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