Golf cart maintenance is not something that owners should do on a daily and weekly basis when they are using their golf cars. Maintenance should continue even when the cart is in long-term storage. The primary reason for this is to ensure proper care of the cart especially when not in use. Note that most golf cart problems that are costly to repair and resolve often arise from improper caring and maintenance while in storage. Moreover, proper maintenance when that golf cart is in storage also helps extend its lifetime.
The important things to remember when maintaining your golf cart while in long-term storage is to keep it plugged in at all times and to maintain the right level of electrolyte in the battery. To help you with this, here are some tips that you can follow.
- Do not add water to the batteries right before storing the golf cart. The best time to add water to the battery to bring it to the right level is at least two weeks before storage. Note that the water and electrolyte in the battery need sufficient time to mix.
- Perform these preparations right before you store your golf cart. As part of your golf cart maintenance routine for long-term storage, you will need to:
- Ensure that the key switch is in the off position, the forward/reverse switch is in the Neutral position and the tow/run switch is in the Tow position;
- Remove the key before storing the golf cart;
- Use a battery acid neutralizer, which can be made by mixing 1 cup baking soda and 1 gallon of water, to clean the battery packs, tops and terminals;
- Use battery terminal protector spray to clean and treat battery terminal connectors;
- Check whether the battery cable connections are tight and secure.
- Check electrolyte level at least once each month. All throughout the duration of the long-term storage of your golf cart, you need to make sure that the electrolytes are in the right level.
- Make sure that the charger is properly functioning. You can do this by disconnecting the charger from both vehicle and power source. Wait for at least five seconds before plugging them back in. If the ammeter indicates current, it means the charger is functioning properly.
- Restart the computer if the onboard charger is not functioning. To do this, you first have to ensure that the onboard charger receives sufficient energy from your power source. Disconnect charger and wait for at least five seconds before reconnecting it. Note that the onboard computer will not function if you do not restart it.
- Maintain the right tire pressure. Even if you are not using the golf cart, maintaining the right tire pressure is still included in the golf cart maintenance tasks for long-term storage. The right tire pressure is usually at 18 to 20 psi per tire. Read your cart’s manual or speak with the dealer or manufacturer representative to confirm the right tire pressure for golf carts.
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