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Old 11-08-2014, 08:09 AM
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The bride was running the dog back to the creek and all the sudden she thought she heard a very close gun shot. Come to find out it was a battery on the golf cart. Anybody know what might have caused this? Freshly charged, batteries about 5 years old.

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grounded to the seat frame.
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grounded to the seat frame.
I thought maybe it was a short but there aren't any cables anywhere near the frame. Local battery shop just told me "If they are 5 years old it might have 'gassed' on you".
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Plates can come loose over time and make contact with the plate beside it...Boom!
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Batt was probably low on fluid, exposing top of plates. A micro spark at top of plates... and BOOM!!

Happens occasionally. Can still happen with correct fluid level, but way less likely.

Time for new batts. And clean clean clean that acid residue. That crap is EVERYWHERE. Neut with baking soda and LOTS of water.
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Rinsed the hell out of it. Going to pull the batteries and make sure I get it all. Thanks for the baking soda thought.
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Very lucky she didn't get burned, or inhaled the nasty fumes, I had that happen to me years ago, I can still taste that smell.
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Battery was low on H2O and it was 5 years old.

Buy a gasser.

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The bride was running the dog back to the creek and all the sudden she thought she heard a very close gun shot. Come to find out it was a battery on the golf cart. Anybody know what might have caused this? Freshly charged, batteries about 5 years old.

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they can off gas and starting them up with a spark can cause that, happened to me in my generator. Get the new gel batteries and you won't have to worry about it any more.
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Always change 'em as a set, putting a new one with old, WILL fry the new one!
Batteries have a low internal resistance when new, resistance increases over time and charge/discharge cycles.
Older ones will take less current forcing more into the new one.
I've seen a few new ones split when added to an existing older bank.
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OK. Just changed the batteries and it runs like a champ. But, it bangs when I let off the pedal in forward. Doesn't do it in reverse. Any ideas?
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OK. Just changed the batteries and it runs like a champ. But, it bangs when I let off the pedal in forward. Doesn't do it in reverse. Any ideas?
Run it in reverse that way it won't don't it. ..


On a serious note, I'm glad your wife was not hurt, you need her to keep you straight...lol
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What do you mean...bangs? Need more info.
Also make sure and follow the break in guide lines if you put in all new batteries. It makes a substantial difference.
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Originally Posted by Blackfish 1 View Post
What do you mean...bangs? Need more info.
Also make sure and follow the break in guide lines if you put in all new batteries. It makes a substantial difference.
I think I found it. I think I may have either knocked a wire partially loose or got it wet when I was rinsing it off. Checked the connections and it dried out and is running fine now.

Thanks for the head's up on break in. Just found this and its on the charger.

http://www.cartsunlimited.net/Batter...n_Methods.html

BTW Cracker, there are two things people don't like in this world. Wet dogs and smart asses.
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I had one explode in my face one time... Scary!
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Carts Unlimited and scottyb. Know them well.
I built 2 identical carts last year. 1 to one neighbor and 1 to the other neighbor. Neighbor 1 took the time to break em in correctly. Neighbor 2...not so much. Neighbor 1's ran faster and further than Neighbor 2's and held a charge for a lot longer.
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Nope not me. You got a Road Star? Friend of mine just bought a new one and loves it.
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Yep...actually did. Just sold her a couple of months ago.
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batteries produce hydrogen when charging , junk batteries produce a boiling action which may produce more . Minor spark and they go !
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Originally Posted by DJWILLIAMS View Post
I had one explode in my face one time... Scary!

Same here after charging a battery and took to car then boom. Thank goodness I was right in front of a place I could was my eyes. I had to be led to the eye station as I could not see a thing.
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