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Old 03-23-2013, 08:01 PM
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I recently purchased a home and it came with a 2007 Star Car. It seems to be a nice cart but when I plug it in at night the charger boils the batteries and it has an awful sulfer smell in the garage in the morning. It also is taking a lot of water every 2 days or so. Anyone else experiencing problems like this? Thought of trading it in for a gas cart but seems like my Star Car may be hard to sell for a decent price.
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Sounds like your battery charger is charging at full amps all night.get it checked out you don't want to ruin your battery's or worst yet start a fire. Good luck.
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You need to take a look at the batteries first, as you may have a battery that is not coming up equal with the rest of the pack. However, the early star cars came with a charger, that lets say, is not the greatest. The most common issue though, is a battery not charging equal with the rest of the pack.
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I recently purchased a home and it came with a 2007 Star Car. It seems to be a nice cart but when I plug it in at night the charger boils the batteries and it has an awful sulfer smell in the garage in the morning. It also is taking a lot of water every 2 days or so. Anyone else experiencing problems like this? Thought of trading it in for a gas cart but seems like my Star Car may be hard to sell for a decent price.
We had a star cart with similar problems. The charger used to smell and make noise also. When the repairman came out he accused us of not keeping enough water in the batteries. Which was false because the charger had gotten the batteries hot and the water had evaporated. We went through 3 brand new battery chargers before they put an original (older) charger on our cart and after that things were fine. Ours was a 2008.
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:25 AM
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We had a star cart with similar problems. The charger used to smell and make noise also. When the repairman came out he accused us of not keeping enough water in the batteries. Which was false because the charger had gotten the batteries hot and the water had evaporated. We went through 3 brand new battery chargers before they put an original (older) charger on our cart and after that things were fine. Ours was a 2008.
Thanks, Your problem sounds very similar to mine. I will have the charger checked first. Thanks again, Mike.
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My non-expert advice would be to sell the Star Car for whatever you can get for it and buy a Club Car, Yamaha or EZ-Go. It will be worth it in the long run.
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My non-expert advice would be to sell the Star Car for whatever you can get for it and buy a Club Car, Yamaha or EZ-Go. It will be worth it in the long run.
I agree. Our repair guy will work on all cart except Star Cars.
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My non-expert advice would be to sell the Star Car for whatever you can get for it and buy a Club Car, Yamaha or EZ-Go. It will be worth it in the long run.
I have considered that, however I do not want to stick anyone else with my problems. probably will sell or trade after the problem is resolved.
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We had a star cart with similar problems. The charger used to smell and make noise also. When the repairman came out he accused us of not keeping enough water in the batteries. Which was false because the charger had gotten the batteries hot and the water had evaporated. We went through 3 brand new battery chargers before they put an original (older) charger on our cart and after that things were fine. Ours was a 2008.
Hate to say it, but it sounds as though, the proper testing was not done for you to have to go through 3 chargers. Its not rocket science to figure out if the problem is in the charger or the batteries.
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Star Cars are no different than another other golf car- they are all powered the same. The problem comes from repair shops who dont like working on unfamiliar carts to them, the reality is, they are as simple to work on as any other cart.
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Star Cars are no different than another other golf car- they are all powered the same. The problem comes from repair shops who dont like working on unfamiliar carts to them, the reality is, they are as simple to work on as any other cart.
I agree. Star carts use the ame parts as the other carts as far as the major coomponents. There will always be a smell when it charges over night. That is normal. I can go weeks without it neededing water.
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Not only are Star Carts the same in most ways, but the controller is a stock Curtis I think 1266 with all parameters open and set-able, they come with 400 to 500 amp controllers stock club car controllers are 250 amp and newer ones are 300 so they have more power to climb hills or hall heaver loads.

fix it, keep it and drive it.

if you look on this site you see nothing but complaints on service companies if someone will not work on it then you better off to start with, you are weeding out incompetence.
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some star cart chargers have a switch for flooded or gel batteries. flooded is actually for a lead acid type. if it`s set on gel, this is a possible result.
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My non-expert advice would be to sell the Star Car for whatever you can get for it and buy a Club Car, Yamaha or EZ-Go. It will be worth it in the long run.
Sorry to disagree, but I have had my Star cart for 2 years now and love it. Not one bit of trouble and I estimate close to 50 miles a charge.
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