Tips to Keep Your Golf Cart Running
The sun is shining, and the green is calling! This is the perfect time to pack up your putters and head off to the nearest course for a round of golf. But, before you go, make sure you’re keeping your golf cart in good shape so it will run flawlessly all summer instead of stranding you on the back nine. Here are a few tips to keep your golf cart running.
The Battery (for electric carts)
- Recharge the battery after every use. You can extend the life of your battery by consistently using the top half of the charge.
- Protect your body with safety goggles and rubber gloves before working with the battery.
- Clear any dirt or debris from your charger connections.
- Make sure the water level covers the lead plates. If your battery needs more water, add just enough to cover the plates and then charge it.
- If you see loose or corroded connectors, call a professional for assistance.
- Use only distilled water.
- Check your tires often and make sure they stay at the pressure recommended by the manufacturer.
- Have a technician make sure your tires are properly aligned and rotated and ask him or her check your camber and toe-in twice a year.
- Replace your tires if you notice cracks in the rubber.
- Have a trained technician check and service your brakes twice a year.
- Lubricate or have a technician lubricate your brakes every six months, along with your charger receptacle and front suspension.
The Engine (for gas-powered carts)
- Have the clutch checked by a trained professional once a year.
- Change the spark plug, oil, oil filter, air filter, and filter element once a year.
- Inspect the engine regularly for signs of leaks.
- Check the generator belt, drive, and starter frequently for wear and tear. Then, replace as needed.
- Regularly check the fuel filter for debris.
- Tighten the starter belt tension if needed.
This list will help you keep your golf cart in top shape throughout the year—as long as you don’t have an accident. But just in case you do, make sure it also has the right insurance so you can get the damaged fixed without missing too many tee times.
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