Regular preventive maintenance for golf carts is very important. Here are some basic maintenance tips to keep your golf cart running smoothly and reduce costly repairs.
Electric 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 system.
Gas 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 right away.
This is the rear end of he golf cart and what drives the golf cart. 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.