How to Maintain a Golf Cart Battery

By Bill Herrfeldt

Why is it that people will routinely take their cars in for maintenance, yet, if they own a golf cart, they don't make the effort to keep it in shape? What they don't know is, if they don't care for their cart's batteries they will not only have to pay a lot of money to replace them, they will face a real physical threat. For those reasons, cart owners need to pay attention to the batteries. Here are a few ideas on how you can keep your golf cart's batteries in tip-top shape.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Make sure that there is adequate water in your cart's batteries. The batteries in your cart are not like the modern ones that you find in cars that are sealed and are meant to be maintenance-free. If the batteries in your golf cart are not filled frequently with distilled water, they will begin to fail to charge.
Step 2
Check each battery's water levels. Your golf cart has up to six batteries, and you should check each one's water levels. Remove the cap on each battery to see if the water is below the line provided by the manufacturer. If it is low, pour enough distilled water into each one until you reach the line.
Step 3
Check each battery for a leak. If it is damaged or cracked, a battery will begin to leak into the frame of your cart, which, over time, will corrode the metal portions of your cart's frame. Besides, acid spilled from your battery constitutes a real hazard to anyone using it. A battery with a leak cannot be fixed and must be replaced.
Step 4
Check for corrosion on your battery cables. For a variety of reasons, cables attached to your batteries can become corroded. If the corrosion has not irreparably damaged your cables, simply clean them with a wire tool that you can find at most auto parts stores. Loosen the battery cables by unscrewing them, then take them off the battery. Then clean and replace them on the batteries and tighten the screws.
Step 5
Make it part of your routine to check the batteries on your electric cart based on how often you use it. If you're in your cart every day, schedule your battery check about once each month. And while you're at it, look at the condition of your cart's brakes and tires, the cause of more cart accidents than you can imagine.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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