The key to solving problems is averting them before they've begun. E-Z-Go golf cart owners can get years of enjoyment out of their vehicles if they take regular care to "troubleshoot" the systems they'll rely upon the most. Paying attention to the vehicles' tires, batteries, gear switches, steering consoles and lubrication needs, for instance, are simple means of deflecting any troubles.
No golf cart's of any use if you can't start it. Whether the golf cart is powered by batteries or fuel, the owner must monitor, clean, protect and repair all ignition components to make sure they're firing properly.
Battery and/or sparkplug connections should be kept clean of any debris that might disrupt firing. Keep battery terminals clear of acid accumulation with a sturdy wire brush. Inspect connections for wear and make sure that battery fluids are maintained to recommended levels.
Periodically inspect manual gears and wiring, as well as fuel/lubricant lines, for signs of wear and repair or replace when necessary.
Stop and Go
Batteries, wiring, fluid and couplings aren't the only troubleshooting aspects to consider. To operate golf carts efficiently and safely, their tires and brakes must be monitored and maintained.
If the golf cart is not rolling or stopping to your satisfaction, make sure all tires are inflated to their manufacturer recommended levels and that they have not suffered enough wear over time to require replacement. Be aware that the terrain golf carts may be tasked to cross can vary and harm tire traction and wear patterns over time.
Additionally, pay close attention to the brake system. Inspect the undercarriage periodically to ensure that calipers and pads are gripping properly. Carts regularly used on steep terrain may be especially vulnerable to wear.
Problems with golf cart operation can creep up unnoticed because of dirt and debris that accumulate underneath the vehicle. Vital components like the battery, motor and transmission can become fouled by grass clippings or sand, for instance. And comfort and convenience features (seats, storage, windshields) can be compromised if soil is allowed to build up.
Investing the minimum time and energy necessary to hose around and beneath the golf cart and wiping grime away from manual surfaces raises the potential for years of trouble-free golf cart operation.