Electric Golf Cart Battery Maintenance
The battery is a vital part of an electric golf cart and can be very costly if not
maintained properly. A properly maintained battery should last 4 -5 years.
Be sure to always purchase top quality batteries (Trojan brand is recommended).
Cheaper inexpensive batteries do not last.
When servicing batteries be sure to remove jewelry (watches and rings).
Contact with metal on the battery terminals can be dangerous. The batteries
in a golf cart carry enough volts to weld metal together. Always use safety
glasses and heavy rubber gloves to check and refill batteries. Battery acid is
very corrosive and can be a danger to your health.
After the batteries have been fully charged. Check the electrolyte water levels in
each cell of each battery regularly (depending on use weekly or monthly) to ensure
that the leaded plates in the battery are submerged in water. If the water runs dry,
it will shorten the life of the battery and could be a fire hazard. Use only
distilled water to refill, and don't fill the cell all the way up -- add just enough water
to cover the plates. Over filling will cause the acid to overflow out of covers when
charging which in turn will cause corrosion of the metal frame and cables. We
recommend using a battery water bottle, which prevents spilling and over filling.
They can be purchased from us.
Check connectors to make sure they are tight and if there is any corrosion.
I connections are loose or if corrosion is present, contact a service technician.
You can use baking soda or Coke to clean acid off the terminals.
Dirt, dust and grass can interfere with the battery connections leaving the cart
under-powered. Spilled battery acid has the same affect. Cleaning the top and sides
of the battery along with the cart is important to the long-term life or the cart as well
as its day to day performance. A hose can be used to do this cleaning, but be sure not
to get any of the other electrical components wet. This could cause a short in the
Gas Golf Cart Engine Maintenance
The oil, air filter element and spark plug should be changed every 12 months.
Clutches are a very important part of the operation of a gas cart and should be
checked every 12 months. If they are not performing properly your cart can
become sluggish and tend to have a hard time climbing hills. If you notice the
engine sound has gotten louder or smell exhaust fumes, you could have a cracked
muffler or exhaust pipe which should be checked by a service technician.
Tire maintenance is very important and commonly overlooked.
Check tire pressure monthly and fill it to the manufacturers recommended
pressure(22psi for most tires). An under inflated tire can cause uneven
wear and shorten the life of the tire and also put a strain on the performance the cart.
Uneven wear could also be an alignment problem. Hitting a curb or hole can
cause the tire to go out of alignment. The alignment should be checked and tires rotated if
necessary. Proper tire pressure, rotation and alignment will extend the life of your tires.
Cracks or separation on the walls of the tire is an indication that they need to be replaced.
Brakes on the cart should be checked and serviced every 6 months. This involves checking,
cleaning and adjusting of the pads, drums, cables and pedal. Brakes not properly serviced
can cause costly repairs and also be a danger to the passengers in the cart.
If you notice your brake pedal is low and/or squeaking have a service technician look at them
The oil level should be checked every 12 months. An oil leak could cause costly repairs.
If you notice oil or excessive dirt on the outside of the differential this is an indication that
you could have an oil leak.