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MAINTENANCE

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO KEEP YOUR CART HEALTHY FOR THE LONG HAUL

Like anything with a motor or engine, there are a few specific things you need to routinely do to ensure a long performance life. For electric golf carts, there are three steps that will take care of most of the general maintenance. This section is intended for general information only. For service information particular to your model cart, please consult your owner’s manual. 

 

ELECTRIC GOLF CARTS

Keep it charged

All modern golf carts come with automatic chargers. When you are done using your golf cart, plug it in. The charger will do what it needs to do and shut itself down. (The vast majority of battery chargers are not weather proof. Treat them as you would any other expensive electronic device.)

  • Do not run your cart ‘dead.’ Repeated deep discharge of modern batteries will lead to premature battery failure.

 

Maintain the water level in the batteries

  • Use DISTILLED water – ALWAYS AND ONLY

  • Most manufacturers recommend checking your water levels at least monthly.

  • HOW TO FILL GOLF CART BATTERIES

    • Start with a full charge. (Water levels are at their highest in a charged battery.)

    • Pop the caps off of the batteries and fill each cell, as necessary, until the water level is 1/8 to 1/4” below the neck that protrudes down inside the top of the battery. Replace the caps securely on the batteries

      • Water should be removed from overfilled cells to prevent leakage during charging.

Check and clean battery terminal connections

(Do this on the same schedule you use to maintain the water level in your batteries.)

  • Visually inspect the battery compartment.

    • Look for excessively corroded cables, nuts, battery hold down rods, battery trays, etc. Repair or replace as necessary.

  • Make sure all of your terminal nuts are snug. 
    A mixture of baking soda and water will neutralize battery acid and clean corrosion in your battery compartment.

    • Use an insulated wrench or a wrench wrapped in electrical tape to prevent accidental arching.

    • Terminal nuts should be nice and snug, but not too tight.

    • Loose terminal nuts will cause arching that will melt down a battery terminal, or worse.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR WINTER STORAGE OF AN ELECTRIC GOLF CART

Keep it charged. That’s it. Every spring we replace dozens of sets of batteries that fail due to improper winter maintenance.

Golf cart batteries will naturally lose 1% to 3% of their charge daily. Furthermore, the carts’ controller and many optional accessories draw small but constant power from the battery pack. Dead batteries can freeze. Batteries that have been frozen are junk.

So, keep it charged. Remember, most battery chargers will not come back on after they finish their charging cycle. You must physically unplug the charger from the cart and plug it back in to start a new cycle.