I am back home.
Here is what I know……
The batteries were replaced by dealer less than 2 years ago. March 2020. I was actually quite surprised to find out how new they were. Makes me wonder if the batteries are my true problem? I am just guessing it is. I can only speculate, but just by going with all the things I had to fix, I think the previous owner lost interest. None of the lights worked. The stereo only hummed, and the magnet was shredded. This stuff leads me to believe that the first time he charged it in a while, is when I came to see it.
I could not find any paperwork from RFF. But it has their blue 7.5 motor and also Delta Q charger. The controller looks Original. I only read half the speed I am actually going. The car also never charges over 99%. RFF sold me the magnet that repaired the error code 81 reading I was getting.
I saw where a sticker used to be on top of transmission case. I can only assume that it has original gears. I would be interested in reGearing it to get to 40mph. But right now, just getting it reliable is my first priority. There was nothing in my paperwork about running mods. Just all the cosmetic mods.
My current tire size is 195 / 40ZR16 80W XL My top speed is 34 or 35 currently.
Along those lines…… in the future, I will start a thread showing how to do the Starlight Headliner. I discovered how easy it is, when I dismantled the gem after I bought it. It’s how I discovered what was wrong. In my tutorial, I will advise the viewer not to cut the starlight strands to short. Right now, when it rains, the water goes directly into light projector.
I put a multimeter on just a single battery and it read 12.84 volts. I then turned on headlights and voltage went down to 12.73. I really have no idea what I am doing and how to properly test batteries? Individually?
The current batteries are Polaris 4013692
I bought the Gem on Nov 1st and worked great after I replaced magnet and fixed headlights, stereo, sound bar, led lights, starlight headliner. Towards the end of December, the Turtle Light started coming on. One time, I stopped, turned off only at the key, then turned back on, it would not go after I did this. I later learned that turning off master switch is what I needed to do. I did this the last time and it did not take car out of turtle mode.
I really like the car and have no problem upgrading to lithium. It would be nice to go 5mph faster too. But I want to be sure that batteries are the reason I go into turtle mode. Please advise me as too what other tests I need to do, and how to do it, or what pictures you might need?
What are the biggest advantages to going with lithium?