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Old 03-05-2011, 12:01 PM
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Default Sunsets are one thing....

..... but a set of one year old Trojan batteries after first their annual cleaning is simply breathtaking .....

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OK, I admin it, I may be just a bit bored waiting for my tee time..., but consider this a public service to remind folks to maintain their battery pack.
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Pristine! Good job..........and sorry about your boredom!!

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder ~ paraphrased from Plato
Two votes for batteries. One vote for sunsets.

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Not sure what to expect when I posted that picture. You all made me smile... thanks
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Not sure what to expect when I posted that picture. You all made me smile... thanks
I just can't figure out where you sit on that thing
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BRAVO!! Good picture and very CLEAN batteries!
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AJ, how do you clean them.
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Default A list makes it seem so formal. Do not be fooled....

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AJ, how do you clean them.
Not sure you are asking me for my whole procedure or not, but here it is just in case. I follow the general guideline at: http://www.trojanbattery.com/Battery.../Cleaning.aspx

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  • Do not clean your batteries on your driveway.
  • Find a way to protect your controller and computer from excessive water.

I have switched from baking soda to a battery cleaner/acid neutralizer. IMO, it is much easier to work with and clean up. In this case I used Noco Battery Cleaner and Acid Detector. You spray in on and it foams up yellow, turning purple if any acid is detected. Wal-Mart has cans for less than $3 - $5.

My procedure looks like this:
  1. Take body off. This is optional, but this Club Car has 8 6V batteries and it makes it easier to get to everything.
  2. Roll cart onto front lawn.
  3. I detach battery pack's + and - terminals, optional, but dead shorts can be a scary thing and when I am in and around the pack/motor I do it by habit.
  4. I use hot soapy water to clean around rear axle, motor to keep dirt and grease free. Obviously optional, but while I am here….
  5. Visually inspect batteries and cables.
  6. Make sure battery caps tight.
  7. Talk to neighbors who are going by (this step will be repeated for everyone that passes, especially if your cart has no body ). It is the most enjoyable part of the process.
  8. I spray the sides, backs and between batteries first, looking for any acid (spray turns purple). If I find acid on the side, near tray it may cause me to remove batteries and wash tray. I do not expect to find acid on sides and did not this time. If I do find acid I make a note to keep an eye on that area.
  9. Next I spray each terminal, battery holders and tops of batteries, again looking for acid, where I see acid I spray a bit more in that area. I DO NOT put neutralizer on caps. To wash caps I take them off after I am done and do them separately.
  10. I use a big brush to give the terminals and battery tops a gentle scrub. Be careful to not scrub the neutralizer into the cap vent holes.
  11. I wash down the pack with low pressure and re-inspect. If any areas are still dirty I redo.
  12. At this point the pack is clean and acid free.
  13. I now disconnect each terminal, inspect connector, rewash connector and terminal with battery cleaner. I reattach wires.
  14. Wipe pack dry.
  15. Check and tighten battery holders.
  16. Spray connections with battery terminal protector.

When you write it down it seems like alot of work, but it is not so bad....

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I just can't figure out where you sit on that thing
A seat? Only so many hours in a day and I had a tee time. Nothing a small piece of plywood will not solve. I would recommend removing all jewelry and wallet chains
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They look GREAT, but after reading this I think a Gas Cart will be what I get next year when we move to The Villages. 14 Months and counting
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They look GREAT, but after reading this I think a Gas Cart will be what I get next year when we move to The Villages. 14 Months and counting
Get whatever kind of cart meets your needs, but do not give up on electric because of me. I always make stuff sound harder than it is. So you kill an hour shining batteries while soaking up some sun and chatting about carts with neighbors, how can that be bad
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aj nice pictures. How many miles do you get with 8 batteries?
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aj nice pictures. How many miles do you get with 8 batteries?
I did a test a year ago when I had first rebuilt the cart with two sets of batteries (both in good shape). I took a set of 6-8 volt TrojanT890 (T890 has highest AH rating for 8V) batteries and ran the pack down 50% in about 35 miles.

I then replaced with a set in the same cart with 8-6 volt T105s. This time it took over 50 miles to run the pack to 50%.

I do not run my pack to less than 50%, so that is why I stopped there. In both cases the cart was running as fast as it was in the first 5 miles. My gut feel is I could have pushed another 20%++ mileage out of each.

That was a perfect comparison of 8 versus 6 volt packs in same cart.
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