Golf Cart Repair: Common Problems And How To Fix Them

Golf carts aren't just for driving around the course anymore; they can be used at home in the yard or on property. Find out what some of the common problems are, and how you can fix and maintain them yourself.

Golf carts came off of the courses some years ago, and now they can be often found in back yards, on open farm fields, and even in people's garages. Some people use golf carts just to cruise around their backyards for fun. Others use them to get around from place to place on a farm, and, even some senior citizens use them sometimes to ride to the mailbox, or to take a quick spin around the neighborhood.

Unfortunately, just like any other vehicle, a golf cart will break down and need to be repaired from time to time. But, if you know how to fix the most common problems, you can have your golf cart up and running again in no time!

The most common repair problem with an electric-powered golf cart is probably the battery. This square case of acid has the responsibility of providing the power that makes the cart move. Therefore, its charge is used, depleted, and recharged again, over and over again. After awhile, the battery can fail to work properly, and need some repair.

If your golf cart won't start, check the battery terminals to make sure they are clean and connected securely. If you had the battery on a charger, use a tester to check the water in the battery. Add distilled water if the level is low. The plates inside the battery should be covered with water, but be careful not to overfill it. Check the outside case of the battery for any signs of acid leakage too. If you find any leaks, you can't repair the battery case; you'll need to replace the entire battery instead. A leaking battery in a golf cart can cause other repair problems if the acid leaks down onto other parts. To neutralize and clean up a battery acid spill, mix up a solution of baking soda and tap water. Use the solution with an old rag, and be careful not to get it inside the battery.

Another part of a golf cart that can take a lot of abuse and can cause a common problem is the "rubber". If an air-filled tire blows, you can often repair it with a rubber patching kit. If one or more tubeless tires wear out, you can easily replace it with a type of tire that fits your needs. There are tires that go on the highway and tires that are made for taking your golf cart off road in the dirt. There are smooth, knobby, trail, mud, and field tires too. Most golf cart tires are secured to the mount with lug nuts that can be easily removed with a wrench. If your cart has air-filled tires, you should check them periodically to make sure they are at their recommended air pressure levels. Add air to each tire if needed, but be careful not to overfill them. Having too much air in a tire can be as bad as having too little. Either condition can cause the rubber on the tires to wear unevenly and prematurely.

The battery and the tires can cause common problems with either electric or gas-powered golf carts. But, another common problem that only a gas-powered cart can have is with the spark plugs in the engine. Spark plugs have an important job because it's up to them to set fire to the gasoline that comes into the engine. Fouled plugs can misfire and cause an engine to cough, sputter, and otherwise run roughly. Spark plugs become fouled when they get carbon, oil, or other pollutants on them. To remedy this problem, you can purchase replacement plugs at your local auto supply store.

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