You can winterize your electric golf cart and get it ready for the storage season by following a few simple steps. If possible, store the golf cart in an enclosed garage. Keeping it out of ice, snow and other elements will prolong its life. If space is limited in your garage consider transporting the golf cart to a climate-controlled storage storage facility where you can rent a small unit for the winter. Invest in a quality cart cover if the cart has to be left outside.
Use a water hose and a mild detergent or car wash solution to clean the cart. Remove all dirt and grime from the vehicle. Wipe it dry with a soft hand towel.
Check the air pressure in the tires using a tire gauge. Find the valve stem on one of the tires; it will be an inch or so long and will protrude from the tire. Unscrew the valve cap at the end of the stem. Press the head of the tire gauge onto the valve. The tire gauge will display the air pressure. A normal reading should be 20 to 25 lbs. per square inch (PSI). Add or release air as warranted and replace the valve cap. Repeat for the remaining three tires. Repair or replace any tires with slow leaks.
Decide if the golf cart will be stored outside or in a garage. If it will be stored outside remove the rear rain curtain and bring it inside for the winter. Rain curtains, which protect the golf clubs during rain, are usually held in place by snaps or a zipper. Unzip the cover or pull the snaps to release. Neatly fold the rain curtain inside out and bring inside. The curtain can be left on the cart if it will be stored in a garage. In that case, pull down the cover as if it was being used to protect the clubs during rain.
Drive the cart into the garage or outside area where it will be stored. Gain access to the battery compartment by lifting or removing the seat. Depending on the design, the seat may lift straight up and off, or the entire bench seat may tilt toward the steering wheel.
Spray battery acid neutralizer all over and around the battery while following any instructions on the container. The neutralizer acts as a cleaning agent. Use an old paintbrush, if necessary, to place the neutralizer all over the battery. After a few minutes use water to clear the solution from the battery and remove debris. Dry the battery and the area around it with a towel.
Check, tighten and clean all the battery terminal connections. Remove the battery caps and check the water levels in each cell. If necessary, fill the cells with distilled water. Coat the battery terminals with an anti-corrosion gel to ward off corrosion during the storage season.You can generally find the gels at auto parts stores. Use a battery charger to fully charge the battery.
Check for the presence of a "tow" or "tow/maintenance" switch under the seat. Not all golf carts will have this switch. If yours does, turn the switch to tow to completely shut down the electrical system for the storage period. Other carts may have a forward/neutral/reverse switch located on the dashboard or elsewhere in the cart. Set that switch to neutral. Return the seat to its original position. Leave the parking break released to prevent strain on the break cable. Block the wheels with bricks or wooden blocks. Finally, place a cart cover over the golf cart if it is being left outside.
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