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How to maintain your golf cart’s battery?

Golf cart Trojan battery

Do you know how to maintain your golf carts battery?

The battery is a vital part of an electric golf cart and can be very costly if not maintained properly.  A properly maintained battery should last 4 -6years.  Be sure to always purchase top quality batteries (EcarMas recommend Trojan brand).  Cheaper and inexpensive batteries do not last. So make sure good quality battery should be selected.

 

When servicing batteries be sure to remove jewelry (watches and rings).  Contact with metal on the battery terminals can be dangerous. The batteries in a golf cart carry enough volts to weld metal together.  Always use safety glasses and heavy rubber gloves to check and refill batteries.  Battery acid is very corrosive and can be a danger to your health.

 

After the batteries have been fully charged.  Check the electrolyte water levels in each cell of each battery regularly (depending on use weekly or monthly) to ensure that the leaded plates in the battery are submerged in water.  If the water runs dry, it will shorten the life of the battery and could be a fire hazard.

Use only distilled water to refill, and don’t fill the cell all the way up — add just enough water to cover the plates.  Over filling will cause the acid to overflow out of covers when charging which in turn will cause corrosion of the metal frame and cables.  We recommend using a battery water bottle, which prevents spilling and over filling.   They can be purchased from us.

Check connectors to make sure they are tight and if there is any corrosion.  I connections are loose or if corrosion is present, contact a service technician.  You can use baking soda or Coke to clean acid off the terminals.

Dirt, dust and grass can interfere with the battery connections leaving the cart under-powered.  Spilled battery acid has the same affect.  Cleaning the top and sides of the battery along with the cart is important to the long-term life or the cart as well as its day to day performance.  A hose can be used to do this cleaning, but be sure not to get any of the other electrical components wet.  This could cause a short in the system.

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