Like anything with a motor or engine, there are a few specific things you need to routinely do to ensure a long performance life. The maintenance schedule varies depending on what kind of golf cart you own – electric or gas.
This section is intended for general information only. For service information particular to your model cart, please consult your owner’s manual.
For electric golf carts, three steps will take care of most of the general maintenance.
Maintain the Water Levels in the Battery
Start with a full charge. (Water levels are at their highest in a charged battery.)
Pop the caps off 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.
Water should be removed from overfilled cells to prevent leakage during charging
Replace the caps securely on the batteries
(Do this on the same schedule you use to maintain the water level in your batteries.)
Visually inspect the battery compartment.
Make sure all your terminal nuts are snug.
A mixture of baking soda and water will neutralize battery acid and clean corrosion in your battery compartment.
Special instructions for winter storage of an electric golf cart.
Keep it charged. That is 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.
Maintenance for gas golf carts is a lot like a lawn tractor.
Give the golf cart an annual tune-up. Check the oil level routinely. Use non-ethanol fuel. Service the clutches. (Not all clutches are serviceable.) Inspect the drive and starter/generator belts for wear.
If you do not use your cart during the winter, make sure to prepare it for winter storage. Drain or add a stabilizer to the fuel. Put the battery on a maintainer; or, at the very least, disconnect the battery.
For all carts, routinely inspect steering, brakes, and tire pressure.
If you follow these guidelines your cart will be safer to drive, and you will extend the life of the cart too.
Good luck from Indexic.