Maintaining Gas Golf Carts

By Keith Dooley

Gas golf carts are used by golf courses, homeowners, farmers, and beachgoers as a means of getting around and carrying small loads. As with any motorized type of vehicle, components sometimes may not operate or perform as they should. Troubleshooting is a means of methodically moving through the workings of the golf cart to determine the problem.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
Step 1
Pressure-wash the golf cart to remove dirt, debris and any grease and grime that may have accumulated on working parts. Debris and dirt accumulations may interfere with the normal operation of parts.
Step 2
Examine the battery. Make sure that the connections are tight using an adjustable wrench. Use a bristle brush to sweep away corrosive buildup. Also, check the water level in the battery if possible and add distilled water to bring the cells back up to level.
Step 3
Check all wiring connections and terminal points to ensure a good connection and no damage to wires. Reinsert any loose connections and use electrical tape to secure and repair minor wire damage.
Step 4
Check the gasoline and oil levels. Make sure there is a sufficient amount of gas in the tank for operation and that the gasoline is fresh. The oil level on the dipstick should be up to the manufacturer's recommended point as noted on the dipstick. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for adding oil.
Step 5
Remove the air filter from the engine (see instruction manual) to access the carburetor intake. Spray a small amount of carburetor cleaner on all accessible parts, including the choke linkage on the outside of the carburetor housing. Reinstall the air filter.

Tips & Warnings

Refer to the owner's manual for more trouble shooting tips.
Remember that the more you can fix, the less you have to pay to be fixed.
Use caution when working around batteries, electrical connections and when handling gasoline.

About The Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for Associated Content in the past and has been a contributing writer at Demand Media Studios for the last year, writing mainly for eHow, Trails, Golflink and Travels.

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