Regular and complete golf cart maintenance is necessary to keep your golf carts running smoothly and prevent repairs and replacements. Aside from regularly cleaning and properly charging your batteries, there are some other things that you should do and focus on to properly take care of your golf cart.
Golf cart battery maintenance
Most Myrtle Beach residents own an electric golf cart and one of the most used parts of your golf cart is its battery. You need to take proper care of your cart’s battery to extend its lifespan – up 4 to 5 years – so as to ensure your golf cart runs smoothly and remains in perfect condition. Another reason you might want to take better care of your golf cart batteries is because it can be costly to repair or replace them.
Here are some things you need to keep in mind to properly maintain your golf cart battery:
- Remove jewelry, particularly watches, necklaces and rings before handling, cleaning or servicing your battery. If they come in contact with the battery, the battery’s voltage may cause the metal to weld together, which is highly dangerous especially considering jewelry is made from metal.
- Wear protective gear such as safety goggles and rubber gloves when checking and charging your battery. Keep in mind that battery acid is highly corrosive and dangerous.
- Always ensure the water level in each battery cell is in the right level AFTER the battery has been fully charged. You will know it is in the right level when the water covers the plates.
- Use only distilled water to refill your golf cart battery. Do not overfill because this will cause the battery acid to flow out of the battery covers and cause corrosion to the metal frames and cables of your battery and golf cart.
- Connectors should be tight and secure and without corrosion. If you notice signs of loose and corroded battery connections, call Best Golf Cars at once for professional assistance.
- Make sure the top and sides of your battery is clean and free from any debris, grass, dust and other dirt as these may block your battery connections.
As with cars and other vehicles, golf carts that are gas-powered also include engine maintenance. Below is a list of things you need to keep in mind in maintaining your cart engine.
- Change the oil, spark plug and air filter element once every 12 months.
- Have a golf cart maintenance professional check your cart’s clutch once every year. This will help prevent bigger and more costly problems on your clutch which may also affect the overall performance of your golf cart.
- Immediately call your golf cart technician or service provider when you hear loud noises or smell exhaust fumes coming from your engine. These may be due to a damaged muffler or exhaust pipe. Refrain from using your cart until a professional from Best Golf Cars has checked it.
Tires are often forgotten by many golf cart owners as part of their maintenance routine. Apart from the regular cleaning of tires, there are other things you need to keep in mind in order to properly maintain your tires.
Make sure your tires are always in the recommended pressure by the manufacturer, which is usually 22 psi. Depending on how frequently you use your tires, you should have its pressure checked once every month. Do not let your tires run on a lower or higher pressure than what is recommended by the manufacturer as this may cause your tires to wear out quickly and affect the performance of your golf cart.
It is also important to keep your tires properly rotated and aligned. You should have your tires checked for proper rotation and correct alignment at least once every year. On the other hand, if you have recently hit a curb or hole, you may want to have your tire alignment checked at once.
If you notice cracks on your tire walls, many Myrtle Beach golf cart maintenance experts agree that this simply means that your tires are nearing the end of their lifespan. You should consider having them replaced soon.
According to industry experts and professionals, it is important to have the brakes of your golf carts checked and serviced at least once every 6 months. A complete brake service and maintenance includes cleaning and adjusting the pedal, pads, cables and drums of your brake system.
Every golf cart owner should have their brake system checked regularly to ensure their safety when using their golf cart as well as to prevent costly repairs. Remember to always call your service technician if you notice any unusual changes in your brake system such as low brake pedal or squeaking noise.
For more information on complete golf cart maintenance, call Best Golf Cars now. Ask us about our golf cart service agreement for both electric and gas golf cars.
Best Golf Cars
1400 Enterprise Ave.
Myrtle Beach, SC, 29578
Phone (843) 448-7775
Toll Free 1-800-972-4654
Fax (843) 448-7772