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Unread 08-15-2016, 04:24 PM   #1
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Default DE-3 Harley Wiring 12V batteries

Hello, New to the forum and carts. Sorry for my ignorance. I received this 1978 DE-3 cart with no idea if it runs or not. Someone had installed 3 12V batteries into the front assuming to make 36V but I am unsure if they ever had it running as I tested the batteries and there is clicking when operating the pedal but no movement, I disconnected and jumped power to the motor to ensure it operates and it spins freely. I am just lost
Here is image of what I have going on.
I have read the best is to use 6 - 6V batteries but before I get to deep into spending I would like to just make sure it is going to work.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Unread 08-15-2016, 05:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: DE-3 Harley Wiring 12V batteries

motor test

WARNING you don't want to make a big spark anywhere near the battery.


note : use 2 wrenches on motor studs to keep them from spinning
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Thank you but I already jumped and tested the motor and it spins great.
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Default Re: DE-3 Harley Wiring 12V batteries

ok ... did you check each solenoid ?
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Default Re: DE-3 Harley Wiring 12V batteries

Not yet, I will do that next.
Does the way they have the 3 batteries connected look correct?

Thank you for the help!
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Default Re: DE-3 Harley Wiring 12V batteries

not really but i wold have to see cart wiring

here is another diagram for your year
it only shows front batteries

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Ok I'll try wiring the three batteries that way
Appreciate it!
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Default Re: DE-3 Harley Wiring 12V batteries

Found problem with B and C Solenoids so I picked up a couple from Auto parts store locally. However the runs for a bit then quits and you have to let it cool off for a minute or so then will drive again. Parts store said they were continuous duty solenoids but do I need to buy special ones from cart parts supplier? Are they something special?

Thanks for all the help.
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not really but you my need heavy duty ones
i would check your motor temp when it stops
also it might be a good idea to clean motor and inspect the brushes
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OK thanks, I'll go through the motor. And maybe just buy the solenoids from a Cart parts source.
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