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Unread 09-12-2008, 09:31 AM   #1
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I just purchased a 2001 EZ-GO TXT2+2 with a little lift and 20" tires. I had to replace four batteries which were leaking. I bought T-605's. The cart had two nearly new NAPA 8146's which I will be leaving in. The battery cables look nearly new and are dated 2007. After cleaning up the corrosion and minor rust on the battery tray then repainting, I plan on putting the batteries back in. The cart came with a powerwise charger. My question is do I need to hook up the charger prior to running? The NAPA batteries were charged by the guy I bought it from for the test drive along with the four old leaking batteries which I replaced. The guy at Batteries Plus told me the new Trojans come 90% charged. Should I run the set dead then recharge or charge first then drive? Any break in period for the batteries? How long do I charge the batteries for? Can they be over charged? Any other helpful tips would be appreciated as this is my first cart.
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Unread 09-12-2008, 09:40 AM   #2
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Default Re: New to me EZ-GO ?

Never run a deep cycle dead. Fact is - anything under 50% is a recipe for trouble.

Charge the pack before using the cart... It will take 10 or so cycles for the batteries to reach full potential.
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Unread 09-12-2008, 09:46 AM   #3
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Thanks. How long do I charge for? Does the charger go into a trickle mode when they are full?
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Unread 09-12-2008, 10:58 AM   #4
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Default Re: New to me EZ-GO ?

Welcome to the forum JMatyas..............

The charger is automatic. It will shut off when it needs to do so. You will need to let it charge over night so it can get a good deep charge.

Also TIPS for a first time cart user........
Battery maintenance is the key to long lasting batteries. So, about every month to 2 months, check the water level under each cap. If it needs water, use only distilled water. Fill them just above the plates inside the hole. Never fill them to the top of the hole.

Periodically, tug on the battery cables and MAKE SURE they ARE NOT LOOSE. Loose and corroded cables causes the most trouble for golf cart users and will burn the post off of the batteries.

Also when you install your batteries, after you have tightened the cables tight, smear axle grease or grease gun grease ALL OVER the battery terminals as well as under the terminals and around the post to prevent corrosion. Corrosion makes for bad connections too.

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Unread 09-12-2008, 11:37 AM   #5
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Default Re: New to me EZ-GO ?

I would charge all the batteries two at a time with a 12 volt charger. This will equalize the charge to all batteries and then you can use your cart charger next time in need of charge.
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Unread 09-12-2008, 04:05 PM   #6
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Explain the set up for charging two batteries at a time with the 12 volt. I am new to this. Anyone else agree with this?
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Unread 09-12-2008, 08:55 PM   #7
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Default Re: New to me EZ-GO ?

If your cart charger will come on and charge, theres no need to use a 12 volt charger to bring them up. The 36 volt charger will do this and shut off when it needs to do so.

Yes, there are several cycles of charging, then using the cart, then charging again till the new batteries are cycleing ok. However with mixed batteries, it's kind of a gamble anyway.
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