You may have bought your golf cart because they’re easy to own. And that’s true!
Golf carts require pretty minimal maintenance. You just need to do some basic periodic preventative maintenance like the things you’ll read below and you can expect to have your golf cart running for years to come!
Read on to see what we consider 3 of the most basic and important golf cart maintenance tasks you can’t afford to ignore.
Golf Cart Tire Pressure
Golf cart tires are similar to the tires of regular road vehicles like cars or trucks. If they’re properly inflated they will last quite a while but low pressure will cause them to go flat prematurely. On the other hand, if your tires are overinflated they may be prone to wearing down too quickly. They may not have as much traction if they’re overinflated either.
Check your golf cart’s tire pressure monthly. It may be a good idea to check them more often than that if you use your cart heavily.
Always check with the manufacturer for the ideal tire pressure. Usually it’s around 20-22 PSI but it can vary.
Golf Cart Batteries
Golf cart batteries are often the first problem a golf cart owner has to deal with but if you do regular maintenance on them you may never have to deal with them in a negative way!
It should probably go without saying but make sure that you recharge your battery after each time you use it. Don’t let your battery sit at a depleted level. Doing so will decrease its lifespan.
Other good tips for golf cart owners include charging in well-ventilated areas if possible, checking your connections regularly and making sure the vent caps are secure.
You may or may not know that the electric charge in batteries if created by using electrolytes and therefore you’ll need to water your battery every so often. Charging the battery using water each time and it will get depleted eventually.
Always check the water level in your battery each time you charge it to ensure that its at the proper level. You’ll probably need to water it about once a month. Do not overfill it when you add water as this can cause other problems! Then you might need a repair!
Check the owner’s manual to determine how much water to add if there isn’t a clear marking on the battery itself. Alternatively, give us a call and we’d be happy to help you out!
Do regular brake and brake light checks
You really should be checking the responsiveness of your steering wheel, brakes and brake lights every so often as well. Doing so is not only a safety issue but it can also bring problems to your attention before they get really bad or leave you stranded away from home.
Ideally you do it once a week but do it at least once a month. It actually doesn’t take very long to do and it will give you peace of mind.
Have someone watch while you flip the headlights on and test the brakes.
If something isn’t working properly you’ll likely want to give us a call as problems with braking, steering and/or lighting systems can be complex to repair.
We offer free estimates and gladly serve the Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Nocatee and St. Johns areas. Call us today!
At Jacksonville Mobile Golf Cart Repair, we see a lot of recreational carts (vs club carts) for repairs or enrolled in our maintenance program. We’re often asked which golf carts we think are best or most affordable or requires the least amount of maintenance work. Those are all good questions and when it comes to which golf cart is the “best,” the answer is “it depends.”
We know, we know. You don’t want to hear that.
But it really does depend on what features you need for your specific situation. Do you plan to drive it on the street? Do you have golf cart lanes like some master plan communities have? Do you need it to also be ideal for a golf course with bag attachments?
These are all important things to consider.
We compiled a short list of our top 5 favorite golf carts. In it we try to highlight some of the features that might be appealing to some people vs others.
Without further ado, here is our list.
This sexy beast is a lifted golf cart that boasts 14 inch aluminum wheel fitted with hydraulic brakes. It has both front disk and rear drum hydraulic breaks.
It can be used both on and off-road, which makes it ideal for the wooded areas around south Jacksonville in the Ponte Vedra/Nocatee/St. Johns area. It also sports self-canceling turn signals, a glass windshield, LED headlights and windshield wipers among many other luxury features.
It has a beautiful frame and a rust-proof roofing system. It can go 40 miles on a single charge!
Check it out here.
ACG T-Sport Golf Cart
This street-legal cart is available in 2 seat and 4 seat versions. It is surprisingly affordable and can go up to 25 miles per hour.
It offers versatility in that is has a golf cag attachment so you can use it for the course or just for driving around the neighborhood. It has an awesome LCD dashboard that allows you to control its multiple functions.
It has a horn, turn signals, brake lights, headlights and is one of the few golf carts that also has a standard 4-wheel braking system.
Buy it here.
EZ-GO Freedom TXT Electric
A very popular golf cart and for good reason. It had to be on the list. It is affrodable, efficient and is good for both the golf course and the streets.
It has taller seatbacks and powerful tail and brakes lights to ensure greater safety for you and your family.
Check it out here.
This golf cart has more seating than the original Villager 2 making it more ideal for families who want to use it recreationally.
It’s made to meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regular, making it street-legal.
It boasts a strong frame, can go up to 30 miles on a single charge and has remarkably easy-to-use onboard diagnostics.
See more here.
The Star SS 48
This golf cart comes with a very fair price tag considering all of the features it has. It has an amazing range for being 48 volt.
We had to end on a golf cart that had more appealing looks (we think the E-MERGE Ghosthawk is also a pretty cool-looking cart), and this one fit the bill.
It’s also comfortable and can go up to 19.5 miles per hour at peak speed.
Find out more here.
If you have one of these carts and it needs service, call us today!
4 Most Common golf cart repairs
Although golf carts are super fun and really durable, they do eventually feel the heavy hand of time just like any other vehicle.
It doesn’t matter if your golf cart is an electric cart or a gas golf cart. Eventually you’ll run into some issues.
And even though we are a mobile golf cart repair service, there are some issues you could fix yourself to save some money.
Read on to find out about the 4 most common golf cart repairs and find out if you can fix them yourself.
I bet your might’ve guessed batteries would be on the list. It doesn’t matter if your golf cart is gas or electric. Eventually the battery will likely need to be replaced.
You can minimize this with proper maintenance by ensuring that the batteries are sufficiently water and are not corroding.
If your golf cart doesn’t start, this may be the issue. Start by trying to charge the battery and then try again. If it still doesn’t start, inspect the terminals for corrosion and clean or replace them as necessary. If the clean terminals still don’t fix the problem, it may be time for a new battery.
A solenoid is the main electrical switch in the golf cart. It is designed to have the current from your battery flow properly into your golf cart’s motor.
After years of using and starting up your golf cart many times, the solenoid plate will wear down. When this happens, it creates a kind of resistance for the electrical current from your battery to easily flow into your golf cart’s motor.
This problem is avoidable by regularly inspecting the contact plate and replacing it as it wears down. Our maintenance program is able to do this for you on a regular basis.
A good solenoid will make a subtle clicking sound when your golf cart starts up. If you no longer hear this sound, it could be a sign your solenoid is going bad.
Loose wires may also be a culprit with solenoids.
If you suspect that your solenoid has worn down, which is a somewhat common golf cart repair issue, it may be best to call us up for service.
The switches you use to put your golf cart in forward or reverse are also susceptible corrosion and wear over time. If you’re golf cart will only move in one direction once it starts up, you have a bad directional switch. It’s also possible to start up your golf cart and have it not be able to move in either direction. If that’s the case, both switches have failed.
While the diagnosis of a directional switch is very straightforward, the repair is much more complex. In fact, it very often better to just replace the switch rather than to attempt a repair. This is also something wherein hiring a professional like Jacksonville Mobile Golf Cart Repair is advisable.
If your golf cart starts up, it able to be put in forward or reverse but has problems speeding up or maintaining acceleration, the speed controller may be the culprit. This is a complicated issue and likely needs the expertise of a professional service like ourselves.
Some may refer to the speed controller has the motherboard of your golf cart because of its complexity.
Issues with your golf cart’s speed controller usually develop with older age or lack of use. Speed controllers that need to be replaced are often replaced along with the solenoid because of how closely they work together.
Call us today for our premier mobile golf cart repair service in Jacksonville, FL. We’ll happily come to you to fix your golf cart in Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra, Nocatee, St. Johns, Orange Park or St. Augustine.