c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Batteries will freeze if in a low state of charge. Do not attempt to charge frozen batteries or batteries with bulged cases.
When cleaning the vehicle, reduce water pressure and Do not direct pressurized water at electronic/electrical components or connectors, bearings, or other sensitive parts and components.
All batteries should be stored in a cool, dry place in an upright position. Spent lead acid batteries must be returned to your local battery supplier for proper battery disposal and recycling.
• A battery is a perishable item that requires periodic maintenance. With a reasonable amount of care, the life of a battery can be significantly extended.
• When an electric vehicle is not going to be in service for an extended period of time (one month or more), the batteries still require periodic maintenance. Battery testing should be considered an integral part of periodic maintenance during storage.
• If batteries are left unattended while in storage they can self-discharge to the point that they become unusable. The higher the outside air temperature the more frequent the battery charge intervals need to be.
• If dirt and corrosion are allowed to build up on the vehicle batteries, the discharge rate can be accelerated. Improper care of batteries while the vehicle is in use or storage is misuse and will damage the battery shortening its useful service life.
Preparing Batteries for Storage
1. Visually inspect all vehicle batteries for:
• Discolored or melted terminal boots.
• Burn spots.
• Dirt or corrosion on or around the battery terminals.
• Damage to battery case or terminals.
• Leakage of electrolyte.
• Broken or frayed cables.
2. Tighten battery terminal connections.
3. Clean batteries and battery compartment. Replace damaged or defective batteries.
4. Check battery electrolyte levels.
5. Fully charge battery set.
Storing the Vehicle
1. Turn key switch to the OFF “0” position.
2. Press the directional control switch into the NEUTRAL “N” position.
3. Lock the park brake.
4. Move the service/drive switch (A) to the SERVICE position (B).
c CAUTION: Avoid injury! Help prevent serious injury or death from an electrical shock or electrocution. This utility vehicle is equipped with a 48 volt electrical system which is capable of passing a high voltage electrical current. Always use extreme caution when servicing the battery set in this vehicle
Only trained technicians or owners that have knowledge and experience with electrical maintenance should repair or service this vehicle.
Failure to perform necessary vehicle maintenance could result in damage to the vehicle or severe personal injury or death. Do not operate the vehicle if a problem is detected that could threaten the safety of the operator or the reliability of the vehicle.
5. Lift and secure cargo box in the raised position.
6. Check the specific gravity of the electrolyte in each vehicle battery.
• Check the specific gravity of the electrolyte periodically with a hydrometer (C). If the specific gravity is being checked, recharge the battery when it reaches 1.220. The times it takes the battery to reach 1.220 specific gravity depends on its condition and the temperature of the environment in which it is stored. The colder the storage area, the slower the battery will self-discharge.
• While in storage the specific gravity of each vehicle battery should be checked and the batteries charged every 30 days.
7. Check battery electrolyte levels.
8. Clean batteries and battery compartment. Replace damaged or defective batteries.
9. Lower cargo box.
10. Wash the vehicle.
11. Lubricate grease points.
12. Paint scratched and chipped areas to prevent rust.
13. Store vehicle in an unheated, dry area.
Removing Vehicle from Storage
1. Check vehicle tire pressure.
2. Check the specific gravity of the electrolyte in each vehicle battery.
3. Fully charge vehicle battery set.
4. Check battery electrolyte levels.
5. Clean batteries and battery compartment. Replace damaged or defective batteries.
6. Lubricate grease points.
7. Have all other systems checked for damage and proper operation.
8. Move the service/drive switch to the DRIVE position.
9. When the key switch is turned to the ON “1” position, controls are energized and the vehicle is ready for normal operation.