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Unread 10-06-2008, 04:44 PM   #11
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Reason for AM station: It's the ONLY radio station here in Sebring Fl. that plays Oldies! We have a few cart businesses here so I'll check with them about a DC filter on this.
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Unread 10-06-2008, 06:35 PM   #12
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It's not from the motor, it's from the controller. Resistor carts do not have this issue. I have not found a cure for this issue yet.
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Unread 10-06-2008, 06:39 PM   #13
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I got ya on the AM "oldies" station. Tell the dealer what your problem is and the type of cart 36vdc or 48vdc. They should be able to fix you up with a filter or an altenate fix, as this is not an uncommon issue.

Another possibility is to change your antenna. Some antennas have built in noise reduction filters.

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Unread 10-06-2008, 07:41 PM   #14
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All of those that use the 2 6 volt batteries in the cart pack...
Make sure you keep those batteries in check. The 2 with the lights,radio,LED'S and other stuff hooked to them will drain them down more than the other 4 batteries and you will kill them if left unattended. Beleive me I know!
They need more charge than the other's do. You will boil the other's while trying to get them up on charge if left alone and never charged by themselves, this is why you use a seperate 12 volt battery or a voltage reducer to keep the batteries in line.
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Unread 10-06-2008, 09:04 PM   #15
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please explain more andy. how do you charge them by themselves? how does a voltage reducer work in terms of solving this problem?

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Unread 10-06-2008, 10:48 PM   #16
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If you use a volt reducer it feeds off all 6 batteries which will keep them even on discharge and charging.
If you use the 2 6 volt batteries as most do you need to check them every so often and make sure they are staying in check with the charge of the other 4 batteries. In other words the 2 batteries you have hooked to the radio and lights may say it's 6.2 at full charge while the others go to 6.9. You need to get those 2 batteries up to the 6.9. Because once you start the decline of a battery it want make it back up most of the time. So if you run the cart to 80% of the batteries death from 6.9 what did the other 2 batteries go to.
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Unread 10-07-2008, 09:32 AM   #17
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The voltage reducer connects across the entire pack of batteries and drops the 36/48V to a 12V output block. You then hook all your 12V accessories to the 12Vblock for a power source.

The science behind the reducer is..., it pulls 12V from the entire pack instead of from two batteries within the pack. This keeps the accessory current drain evenly distributed across 6 batteries instead of two.

Personally, I don't need the reducer because my accessories are not pulling that much current. I also distribute my accessory power needs..., meaning I have the radio connected to one set of two, while the lights are connected to a different set of two, etc.
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Unread 10-07-2008, 09:38 AM   #18
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Up until this past weekend I was using the 2-6V's to run everything. I have now installed a 12V Marine Battery and bought an automatic charger just for that battery. I'll be adding a volt meter and plug to the cart so I won't need to lift the seat for charging the 12V.
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Unread 10-07-2008, 11:19 AM   #19
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That will work..., and as long as you don't mind charging two sets of supplies it's real easy to do.

BTW..., you can also "discretely" install a 12V solar cell charger on the roof of the cart to keep the 12V battery charging while in use.

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Unread 10-07-2008, 11:22 AM   #20
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As for the AM noise..., you should be able to go to any auto supply and pick up a 12V Noise reduction lead. Installed inline with your radio's 12V supply should eliminate any noise.
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