Golf Car Maintenance Checklist
1) BATTERIES: Keep water in your batteries!!!!!!!! Water quality is the most important factor in the performance and life span of the batteries. Club Car recommends the use of distilled water as the primary source. Tap water is an allowable alternate. Once per month, AFTER CHARGING, put water in your batteries….each cell. Use caution to prevent overfilling of the cells. Stop at the fill line or stay ¼” below it. Do NOT add water to batteries prior to charging. Batteries should always be watered after a charge is complete. Watering batteries before charging will likely cause an overfill condition and battery leak that will shorten battery life.
2) BATTERY CABLES: Routinely check to ensure the battery terminal nuts are tight. Vibration and bumps can cause loosening, which could cause arcing and lead to premature battery failure. Loose battery wires increase terminal heat when charging, reduce charging efficiency, reduce daily battery capacity and decrease the life of your batteries.
3) CLEANING THE BATTERIES: Keep the batteries clean and free of corrosion. Wash the tops and terminals of the batteries with a solution of baking soda and water (1cup of baking soda per 1 gallon of water).
4) TIRES: Please check the air in your tires with the same frequency as you do an automobile. Poor alignment or low tire pressure can increase your daily fuel consumption and cause uneven tire wear. Regular golf car tires require 22 PSI. Follow the recommended PSI on lifted cars with bigger tires.
5) CHARGER: Batteries like to be charged often & fully. We recommend charging after every use. Proper charging sequence is to plug your AC cord into a known good outlet BEFORE plugging the DC cord into the car. When plugging your charger into the car receptacle, please make sure the plug is seated all the way into the receptacle. When disconnecting, the sequence does not matter.
It could take 8-10 hours to fully charge your car if it is low. The charger will automatically turn itself off after the charging cycle is complete. Avoid going longer than 6-7 weeks without charging the batteries. Your charger needs to recognize voltage to operate. Your batteries will discharge over time just from sitting, so please do yourself a favor and keep the car charged.
6) WHEN NOT IN USE: It is best to turn the key in the “OFF” position and put the car in neutral. This reduces vehicle power draw and prevents unintended vehicle movement. We recommend leaving the car plugged into the charger when not in use. Lead acid batteries do not have a memory, so you do not have to run them down before charging.
** If your car has been in storage or used infrequently, batteries will require a minimum of 5 charge cycles to regain full capacity. **