Golf carts are incredibly versatile and can be utilized in so many activities. From recreational occasions to professional events, they provide a sense of freedom and convenience. In order to ensure that you get the longest life possible out of your golf cart, preventative maintenance is key.
Taking time to proactively care for your cart is potentially the best way to guarantee that it is in top-notch condition when you need it most. A large part of proactive care is preparation and storage during months in which the weather may prevent consistent usage, such as during the winter season.
The following recommendations will help to guide you through the prepping and storage process.
1. Clean the vehicle
Before storing, it is imperative that you clean your golf cart, inside and out. Using soap, water, and a degreaser if necessary, clean away any dried mud, dirt, grime, and grease from the outside body of the cart, the wheels, interior, and the battery. If the battery exhibits serious corrosion, mix a bit of baking soda with water and use a brush to carefully clean the terminals. Rinse and dry with a towel.
2. Drain the fuel
Drain the gas from your cart. Any leftover fuel can solidify in crevices while stored and cause maintenance problems later. If your cart has a shut-off valve, make sure that it is off. If there is no shut-off valve, the fuel line will need to be disconnected from the fuel tank.
3. Perform a full check up
Give your cart a tune up. Check fuel and air filters, spark plugs, and fluids to see what may need to be changed or replaced.
4. Prepare the battery
Fully charge the battery prior to storage, as a fully charged battery will not freeze in winter temperatures. Additionally, disconnect battery cables to ensure that there aren’t any electrical problems that may occur while in storage.
5. Inflate the tires
Check tire pressure to confirm that they are at the correct tire pressure before storing. This will ensure that the tires maintain their shape.
6. Ensure the cart won’t move
Place blocks behind the tires and disengage the parking brake. This relieves pressure on the brakes while in storage as well as preventing the cart from moving.
7. Park the vehicle in the proper position
Finally, turn the key switch to the OFF position, remove the key, and leave the Forward/Reverse switch in the NEUTRAL position.
It may take some time to prepare your golf cart prior to storing, however it will prevent future costs for unnecessary repairs after the season is over and ensure you’re ready to hit the course as soon as Spring rears its head!
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