Don’t worry about this if you live in warmer climates. However, if you live in the northland and have an electric golf cart, there are some things you need to do to make sure that your well used electric golf cart is ready next season. The process is pretty simple but there are some things that must be done. It will take approximately one hour to properly winterize a golf cart.
The first thing you want to do is decide where the cart will reside. Are you going to store the cart inside or out. Obviously an inside storage is preferred but is not always practical. The main difference will be how much you protect the cart. When storing the golf cart indoors, it’s really only important to keep dust and possible bird droppings off the vehicle. If the cart is stored outside, you will need to protect the cart from the elements such as wind, snow, and rain.
A thorough cleaning of the cart will be required. It’s important to get dust and dirt off the cart so it does not stay on the cart all winter. It’s not just the outside that should be cleaned. It’s even more important for the inside of the cart to be cleaned. Use a combination of one cup of baking soda to one gallon of water to wash off the batteries.
The batteries are the most important winterization part your job. You need to fill the batteries with distilled water. The proper level is about 1/2 inch over the top of the plates in the battery. Just a reminder to clean the battery first then add the distilled water so that contaminates do not get inside the battery.
Disconnect the batteries so that they are not run down over the winter. The alternative is to keep the cart plugged in for the winter but that involves checking on the charge at least once a month. It’s the checking frequency that usually dictates whether you will disconnect the batteries or leave it plugged.
Once the batteries are taken care of and you have placed the cart in its resting place for the winter, you now need to do the final prep work of getting the cart ready. You will want to turn the key switch to the “off” position, remove the key and leave the forward/reverse switch in the “neutral” position during storage.
Look for the tow switch and turn the tow/run switch in the “tow” position. The tow switch is typically found under the seat. Many times its on the passenger side but it could be anywhere. Look around the interior of the rear wheel wells as first places to try to find the switch.
Another important thing to do is make sure the proper amount of air is in the tires. When I winterize a golf cart, I put 18-20 PSI of air into the golf cart tires. This is typically the recommended working pressure.
The final thing to do is put blocks in front of and behind the tires. You will do this because its best to dis-engage the parking brake. That will relieve pressure of the brakes.
If you follow these steps, your used golf cart will last a lot longer and usually will be in perfect operating order when the warm weather comes back again in the spring.