Golf carts are now available in either gas or electricity powered versions. Similar to automobiles, the golf cart also has a set of batteries that require regular care and maintenance.
If you own an electric golf cart, checking the battery water level is a must. This doesn’t mean that you should let the battery in your gas fueled golf cart unchecked though. Here are some simple steps that you can do on your own without consulting a mechanic.
Wear protective gear even when you are just wanting to check on the water level. Safety goggles, waterproof apron, and rubber gloves are good investments.
Take note that batteries contain gases that can be explosive if exposed to open flame or sparks. Work in a well-ventilated area but away from open flames.
Be sure that the wires are situated away from the battery posts when disconnecting. You can put a rubber cap at the end of each terminal if you want to be sure that you won’t intentionally cause a spark.
Regularly Check the Battery Water Level
Make it a habit to check the battery water level each time you use your golf cart. Keep in mind that going above or below the recommended battery water level can also cause a shorter battery lifespan.
Take the time to learn the recommended battery water level (usually about half an inch above the battery plates). There is also a battery water indicator for easy reference. In case you are having difficulty seeing the amount of water, use a flashlight.
Make sure that the battery is fully charged before you add the distilled water. If the battery plates are exposed, don’t recharge. Add a small amount of water just until the plates are covered then proceed with charging.
Once fully charged, check for the water level again and add water until it reaches the battery water level indicator.
Distilled Water Only
Only use distilled water for refilling batteries. Tap water can damage your batteries due to the presence of minerals that are harmful to the battery.
Check the Connections
Carefully inspect all the connector wires and cables. If you noticed even a slight fraying on the cable or a worn terminal, don’t hesitate to replace them. Left unattended, this can cause battery damage and corrosion.
Tighten the connections just enough to limit the movement of the battery during travel but not too tight that you could accidentally crack the battery case or, in some cases, cause it to buckle.
Keeping it Clean
Keeping the battery and its attachments clean and free from dust and grime helps prevent corrosion. You can use a homemade solution made of one-gallon water and 1 cup baking soda to clean the battery and terminals.
Remember that you are only cleaning the outside of the battery and not the inside. Check that the battery covers are firmly in place before proceeding with the cleaning process.
For additional protection, you might want to invest in a spray that acts as a battery terminal protector. You can check online for ideas on where you can purchase this product.