It’s time to get the golf car out for the year!

One of the fun elements of living in the northeast is breaking your golf car out in the spring.  Five Star Golf Cars wants to give you some tips on getting your golf car ready for the year.

Electric Golf Car Maintence

Generally, the annual maintenance on electric golf cars is pretty minimal – provided some simple preventative maintenance is completed throughout the season. The most important maintenance of all is battery maintenance. It is very important to keep your cart charged and also keep your battery water at the correct level. HINT:  Unlike other battery types, draining your car battery is actually very harmful. The new lithium series E-Z-GO golf carts do not need this. They are maintence free.

These two things alone are the biggest issues that an electric car owner faces. Ensuring you have clean battery cables and tight connections are also very important, as loose battery connections can lead to melting battery posts. Other then battery maintenance there is greasing of only a couple areas, including the rear differential oil level, an inspection of your brake pads and self-adjusting brake assembly along with keeping your air pressure correct in the tires and keeping the car clean.  It’s really quite straight forward is not to hard at all!

DIY Spring Maintenance Tips for Electric Golf Carts

1. CLEAN YOUR CAR: Roll that dusty car out of your garage and give it a good rinse. Don’t be afraid to spray the batteries, just be mindful of the electronics.

2. CLEAN BATTERIES: Have a look at your battery terminals and make sure they are clean. If you have corrosion on the terminals, we suggests  just getting the terminals wet (if you haven’t already with the garden hose) then adding a bit of baking soda to the terminals. Then you can give them a good rinse, a tooth brush may also come in handy.

3. CHECK THE WATER LEVEL: It is important to check the water level on your batteries before you start charging your batteries. we advise to open the caps and if you cannot see any water in your cells, then you must add distilled water until the water just starts to cover the cells. Once you have just a very bit of water covering the cells you can begin to charge your cart. Again, this does not apply to the lucky ones who have a lithium series golf car, no maintenance is needed on those. Look into getting a lithium series today by calling us, contact us on the tab above or come by the Five Star Golf Cars location near you.

4. CHARGING THE BATTERIES: Hopefully, you have been keeping your batteries charged up over the winter months, as lead-acid batteries need to be stored charged. If you have stored your batteries for a long period of time without charging them you can cause serious damage to them. If the car won’t move and your charging won’t turn on, typically this is because your battery packs are so low that it won’t turn the charger on. If you have checked to ensure your tow run switch is in the run mode then the next step is to find a friend with the same voltage golf car as you and connect their car to your car with jumper cables. Once connected you can plug your charger in and it will turn on, as you have fooled it into thinking that your battery pack is charged.  WARNING: If you do not know how to properly jump a cart, please contact us or someone in your area that can help, as you can do serious damage to your carts electronics.

5. CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE: With the car charging it is a great time to check the tire pressure and make sure they are all even and at the proper operating pressure.

6. GREASE & CHECK YOUR FLUIDS:You will also want to grease any fittings and check your differential fluids at the same time.

7.  CHECK YOUR BRAKES: Next it is a good idea to check your brakes by jacking up the rear of the cart, safely supporting it and then removing the wheels to access your brakes. Take some compressed air and blow out the brake dust. Then you can check the thickness of your pads.

8. CHECK YOUR BRAKE PADS: Also check the play in your brake pedal, you may need to adjust it so that you don’t have excess play.

9. TIGHTEN YOUR SCREWS & BOLTS:Have a look at any visible bolts and screws ensuring that they are tight.

10. CHECK YOUR BATTERY CABLES:Also be sure to check your battery cables and make sure the connections are tight. A loose connection or bad battery cable can burn up a battery post in no time.

If you follow these simple pre-season tips you will be sure to have a great trouble free season with your cart.

If you’re not a “Do It Yourself’er” – Five Star Golf Cars offers a pre-season maintenance package that includes a complete inspection of your golf car.

The Five Star Golf Cars initial maintenance package includes:

  • Checking the brake pads and function of the brakes
  • Inspecting the battery cables
  • Checking the correct function of all front end components
  • Ensuring the air pressure in the tires is correct
  • Checking all fluid levels
  • Complete check on batteries including an electrolyte test, load test and charger test

Contact us to schedule your spring pre-season maintenance package.

Address: Five Star Golf Cars & Utility Vehicles
1165 Union Ave, Laconia, NH
Phone: 603-527-8095

Address: Five Star Golf Cars & Utility Vehicles
174 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA
Phone: 508-743-9300

Address: Five Star Golf Cars & Utility Vehicles
1003 US 9, Queensbury, NY
Phone: 518-409-8319