How to Install Golf Cart Batteries

By Jeff Gordon

How to Install Golf Cart Batteries. Changing golf cart batteries isn't complicated. Most cart designs allow for easy installation and replacement—as long as the manufacturer's instructions are followed. Remember, though, to always handle batteries

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy
Step 1
Changing golf cart batteries isn't complicated. Most cart designs allow for easy installation and replacement—as long as the manufacturer's instructions are followed. Remember, though, to always handle batteries with care.
Step 2
Things You'll Need
Step 3
Wrench
Step 4
Distilled water
Step 5
Baking soda
Step 6
Post cleaner
Step 7
Goggles and acid-proof gloves
Step 8
Step 1: Open the battery compartment, usually found in the front. Most golf carts are powered by a set of six batteries. On each battery, disconnect the negative cable, then the positive cable.
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Step 2: Remove the battery brackets and pull out the batteries one by one.
Step 10
Step 3: Use a solution of baking soda and water to clean the battery cables and clamps. Replace any frayed or broken cables. Clean and dry the battery compartment.
Step 11
Step 4: Install the new batteries in the same position as the old ones. Keep the batteries clear of the cables.
Step 12
Step 5: On the first battery, reconnect the positive cable to the positive terminal and the negative cable to the negative terminal. Coat the terminals with a thin layer of petroleum jelly or battery terminal anti-corrosion gel. Repeat this process to install all of the new batteries.
Step 1
Check the date code on new batteries to make sure they really are new.
Step 2
Charge batteries completely before using them the first time.
Step 3
New batteries need to be cycled (discharged to 50 percent, then charged again) several times before reaching full capacity.
Step 4
If the cart's batteries are connected in series, parallel or series/parallel, your replacement batteries should be the same size, age and usage level as the companion batteries.
Step 5
Most carts are similar, but all aren't built exactly alike. Always refer the instructions that came with your cart.
Step 6
The solution of water and baking soda will neutralize acid spills.
Step 1
Wear acid-proof goggles and gloves while handling batteries. Remove all jewelry.
Step 2
Work in a well-ventilated area. Do not smoke in the vicinity.
Step 3
If a pack of batteries has 50 or more cycles, do not replace one with a new battery. Either replace them all with new batteries or plug in a good used battery.
Step 4
Do not use solvents or spray cleaners.

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