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Category: Electric Vehicles
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Experience:  Worked on fleet of various electric vehicles, golf carts, scissor lifts and electric booms.
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Since I added water to my 2002 gem car it charges but only

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Since I added water to my 2002 gem car it charges but only for a short while the car will show it at 100 per cent but drops as soon as gem is driven down to 80. Once it's plugged in it charges but quickly the light goes from yellow to green . The sound
of the charger slows down but keeps going for a while even though the light is green my batteries are 4 months old. It is the four seater. The charger stays on a while when plugged in the charge light starts out red flashes once the goes green with charger
staying on. It does charge but you have to keep unplugging and rep lugging it in to get a charge .
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Electric Vehicles
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Do not short cycle the charger! Run GEM down to 60 % , then plug in the charger and let it run until it shuts off. Do not plug and unplug it, it has to stay on , to put the full charge in batteries! Might take 8 hours!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Issue not solved ..
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
did you run batteries down and recharge?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Battery's still done charge although charger is running. Light continue to go from charging to charge within minutes but charger continues for a little while
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Let charger run till it quits!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes. I feel it has something to do with the charger it doesn't stay in the charge mode long enough. It used to charge for hours but now it doesn't. Battles are new
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Do you have voltmeter to test with.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Check voltage on each battery!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No but can have it checked what am I looking for
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
all have to be very close to the others!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
They should be ok only 3 months old. Issue started when I added water
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
The voltmeter will show if any battery or cable is causing priblem.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I ran the batteries down like you said and when I recharged them the gem said it only had 50 per cent charge
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I will have the batteries checked tomorrow when my auto repair is open.
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
charger may be bad, but the battery voltage needs to be checked!
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Let me know the result!
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I read something about a diode issue? Is this something to checked
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
If the batteries are ok how do I determine if the charger is bad
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
If batteries and cables are good, then the charger has to be bad.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Is there a way to check to see if charger is any good?
Expert:  Curtis B. replied 2 years ago.
Only by checking on another car!