Hey everyone! Spring is just around the corner and we hope you are as excited as we are about getting back outside and enjoying your golf carts again!
But before we get ahead of ourselves we thought we would put together some simple, but very important maintenance tips for electric carts to ensure you have a trouble free season with you cart:
1. Roll that dusty cart out of your garage and give it a good rinse. Don’t be afraid to spray the batteries, just be mindful of the electronics.
2. Have a look at your battery terminals and make sure they are clean. If you have corrosion on the terminals then we suggest just getting the terminals wet (if you haven’t already with the garden hose) then adding a bit of baking soda to the terminals. Then you can give them a good rinse, a tooth brush may also come in handy.
3. We hope you have been keeping your batteries charged up over the winter months, lead acid batteries need to be stored charged. If you have stored your batteries for a long period of time without charging them you can cause serious damage to them.
We get many calls at the beginning of each season from customers telling us their cart won’t move and their charging won’t turn on. Typically this is because their battery packs are so low that it won’t turn the charger on. If you have checked to ensure your tow run switch is in the run mode then the next step is to find a friend with the same voltage cart as you and connect his cart to your cart with jumper cables. Once connected you can plug your charger in and it will turn on, as you have fooled it into thinking that your battery pack is charged.
WARNING: If you do not know how to properly jump a cart, please contact us or someone in your area that can help you. You can do serious damage to your carts electronics.
4. It is important to check your water level on your batteries. We advise to open the caps before charging. If you cannot see any water in your cells, then you must add distilled water until the water just starts to cover the cells. Once you have just a very bit of water covering the cells you can begin to charge your cart.
5. With the cart charging it is a great time to check the tire pressure and make sure they are all even and at the proper operating pressure.
6. You will also want to grease any fittings and check your differential fluids at the same time.
7. Next it is a good idea to check your brakes by jacking up the rear of the cart, safely supporting it and then removing the wheels to access your brakes. It is a great time to take some compressed air and blow out the brake dust. Then you can check the thickness of your pads.
8. Also check the play in your brake pedal, you may need to adjust it so that you don’t have excess play.
9. Have a look at any visible bolts and screws ensuring that they are tight.
10. Also be sure to check your battery cables and make sure the connections are tight. A loose connection or bad battery cable can burn up a battery post in no time.
If you follow these simple pre season tips you will be sure to have a great trouble free season.
You can always call us here at SC Carts 800-369-0036 or send us an email at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns about maintenance or anything else golf cart related.