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Dec
3

Golf Cart Battery Maintenance 101

Posted in Golf Carts

If you own an electric golf cart, caring for your batteries is the single most important maintenance task. Knowing the best way to perform routine maintenance and charging can help your batteries last longer. Most golf cart batteries can last for up to six years when properly maintained, saving you money off early replacement. Here are golf cart battery maintenance tips to extend the life of your batteries.

Never Discharge Over 80%

When your golf cart battery is discharged 80%, it needs to be recharged. You do not want to go below a 20% charge – it can harm your battery.

Charge Every Time You Use Your Golf Cart

You want to maintain a complete charge on your batteries. Fully charge your batteries, usually overnight, after using your golf cart. The charge can last for up to two months.

Fill Water

Your water holes should be kept full – fill the water holes with distilled water, never tap, after your batteries are fully charged. The water should be about a ¼ to ½ inch above the plate.

Clean and Dry Top of Battery

You will want to clean your battery to avoid corrosion. You can use baking soda and water with a wire brush to clean the terminals – make sure to wear gloves and dry the battery thoroughly after cleaning.

Invest in an Automatic Charger

To ensure your batteries are not overcharged, invest in an automatic charger that will turn off when your battery is fully charged. If you only use your golf cart seasonally, consider a charger with an advanced storage feature. This will give your battery a “refresh” charge every 2 months to keep it maintained in the offseason.

With a little maintenance, you can make sure your golf cart batteries are ready to go every time you need them and make them last longer. Talk to your local golf cart dealer about purchasing the right charger to maintain your batteries.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Sep
6

3 Tips to Keep Your Electric Golf Cart Running like a Champ

Posted in Golf Carts

Whether you use your electric golf cart for running the course or as personal transportation around your property, you want to keep it in tip-top shape. Maintaining your cart can extend the life of your investment and give you the most value for your money. Doing a few maintenance items can make sure your golf cart is always ready to go. Here are three tips to keep your electric golf cart running like a champ.

Maintain Your Batteries

For electric golf carts, one of the main areas to worry about is your batteries. They are the fuel that powers your cart and they are very expensive to replace. Make sure they are always kept completely charged, are filled with water and receive regular maintenance including cleaning the cables.

Schedule Regular Tune-Ups

Like any vehicle, your golf cart needs routine service to keep it running like it should. Schedule routine tune-ups at your local golf cart dealer as recommended by the manufacturer.

Check Your Brakes and Tires

You may not be speeding down the freeway with your electric golf cart, but you still want to ensure that it is safe. Checking the air pressure on your tires before use is important. You also need regular inspections and maintenance for your brakes to keep them working safely, including replacing brake pads and adding fluid as necessary.

By doing a few key maintenance items you can ensure the safety and reliability of your electric golf cart, helping it last for years before you need a replacement. Talk to your local dealer about maintenance options and bring your cart in for service as needed.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Jul
21

Extend the Life of Your Golf Cart Battery

Posted in Golf Carts

If you have an electric golf cart, caring for the battery is vital to getting the most out of your investment. Not only is it the sole source of energy for your cart, replacing the battery can be expensive. Knowing how to properly charge for your battery can make it last longer and perform better. Here are some tips to care for your golf cart battery to extend the life and get the most out of your money.

  • Understand the limits of your battery. A golf cart battery is under much more strain than a typical vehicle battery. It is not recharged as you go, so when the juice runs out, it is completely dead. Plan your excursions around the typical battery life so it does not become completely drained or leave you stranded. Completely discharging a battery or even to below 80% can affect the life span.
  • Recharge completely. After each use, recharge the battery to full capacity. This is extremely important to improve the battery life so you get the most out of your investment. Even if you only use it for a short period, recharge after use.
  • Use a single outlet for charging. Do not plug your battery charger into an outlet that is being used for another electrical appliance. This can disturb the electrical flow to the battery.

Charging your battery the correct way is one way to get the most out of it and your golf cart. It also will need to be regularly cleaned and water added according to the manufacturer or dealer recommendations. Call your local golf cart dealer to learn more about maintaining your entire golf cart, including battery maintenance.

Posted on behalf of:
Top Dog Golf Carts
55055 Hammond Industrial Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-7433

Mar
13

What You Need to Know About Golf Cart Battery Maintenance

Posted in Golf Carts

Your electric golf cart may not need fuel but it does rely on its batteries for energy, making them the most important element in golf cart maintenance. A quality golf cart battery can last for years if it is maintained properly. Since these batteries are expensive to replace, usually running several hundred dollars or more for two, you will want to make sure you know how to care for your batteries to get the most for your money.

Golf cart batteries require more maintenance than other vehicle batteries due to the large strain on them. They are the only source of energy for your golf cart and are depleted as they are used, similar to a cell phone battery. While a gas-powered vehicle charges up their battery with an alternator, golf carts drain their batteries until they die or are recharged, just like your cell phone, only much larger. But performing regular maintenance can help extend the life of these heavy-duty batteries.

Golf cart batteries require cleaning, watering, and charging. Here are the basics:

  •  After each use, your batteries should be charged fully. Try to always allow the battery to completely charge. Undercharging before using again can shorten the life of the battery.
  • Clean the batteries with a cloth at least once a month using a solution of ¼ cup of baking soda mixed in a gallon and a half of warm water. Wipe down, allow to sit on the battery for about five minutes, then rinse with pure water and towel dry. Make sure to wear gloves when cleaning.
  • After the monthly cleaning, check the water level. The battery should be fully charged before adding water – use only distilled water and keep at full level.

Make sure to check with your golf cart dealer for more maintenance tips for your batteries and golf cart, following the manufacturer and dealer recommendations.

Posted on behalf of:
Action Specialty Carts
1891 McFarland Pkwy
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 888-0892

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