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How to Winterize your Golf Cart

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How to Winterize Your Golf Cart

Winter is right around the corner!  For many of us, that means it’s almost time to put away the golf cart for the season.  If you don’t properly take care of your golf cart in the off-season, you may very well be faced with a golf cart that won’t start in the spring.  Cold weather climates can wreak havoc on certain golf cart components such as the batteries and cables.  That’s why it’s so important to prepare your golf cart for the impending cold weather this winter.  If you’re not sure how to properly winterize your golf cart, here is a step-by-step guide.

1. Clean Golf Cart and Batteries

 

  • Using soap and water, remove all dirt from the body of the golf cart.  Be sure to wipe it dry, to prevent rusting.
  • Using a battery acid neutralizer (1 cup of baking soda per 1 gallon of water), clean the battery packs and terminals.  Use an old paintbrush if necessary to completely coat all terminals.  After a few minutes, wash away solution using water, then dry the batteries completely with a towel.
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2. Fill Golf Cart Tires

 

  • Using a tire gauge, check the air pressure in each tire.  Most golf carts require 18-20 Pounds per Square Inch (PSI).
  • Add or remove air, based on air pressure reading.
  • Repair or replace any tires with leaks.

 

3. Battery Maintenance

 

  • Remove battery caps and check the water levels in each battery.  If necessary, fill the battery cells with DISTILLED WATER ONLY.
  • Cells should be filled to 1/4″ above the plates.
  • Fully charge the battery, then remove golf cart from charger.  (DO NOT leave charger plugged into golf cart all winter, unless using a charger with a winter storage mode, such as the Lester Summit Series Charger)
 

4. Prepare for Winter

 

  • Turn the key switch to “off” position. Remove key and leave the forward/reverse switch in NEUTRAL position.
  • Make sure golf cart is secure, and release parking brake.  Leaving parking brake on all winter will strain the battery cable.
  • Leave Regenitive switch to “Run.”  Leaving golf cart in tow/maintenance mode will drain the battery.
  • Tighten all battery cable connections

 

 

5. Cover Golf Cart

 

  • If you can’t store your golf cart in a garage or barn, then be sure to protect it from the elements with a Golf Cart Enclosure.
  • Be sure to come back once a month and check and recharge the batteries and fill water levels.
  • If you can’t check the cart once a month, unplug the first battery cable from the golf cart.  This will isolate the battery pack from the golf cart, reducing engine drain.

 

Check out last week’s blog to learn more about storing your golf cart for the winter, or give our golf cart experts a call at:

1-866-688-8667

 

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