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Proper Maintenance Tips for Golf Buggy Batteries

Blog | 02 April 2019

Golf buggies are tough little vehicles. They cruise up long fairways, stop while a club member takes a swing at a reachable par 4 shot, then trundle over grassy divots, all on a single charge. However, when all is said and done, a golf buggy is a battery-powered four-wheeler, and those wheels won’t perform well if those batteries aren’t looked after properly.

Initial Maintenance Procedures

Are the battery terminals covered in a powdery substance? Is there a crack in a block casing? What about the cable clamps? They should be anchored tightly to the terminals. As for that messy powder, it can interfere with the electrical current as it travels from the battery to the drive motor. This corrosive chemical deposit needs to be cleaned away. Incidentally, there’s nothing that can be done for the crack. Take the vehicle out of service immediately, for it could be leaking a corrosive acid discharge. Replace damaged batteries.

A Maintenance-Tuned Safety Guide

Switch the Tow/Run control on the buggy to TOW, then inspect the golf cart batteries. If that powdery mess is ingrained in every terminal thread, disconnect the terminals. Use insulated tools when attempting any maintenance. Start by putting on a pair of acid-resistant work gloves, then use an insulated wrench to disconnect the cables. If there’s a sequence of cable removal marked out in the buggy manual, remember to follow that order. Now, bend those cable ends back slightly so that they won’t rub against the terminals. Having done that, there are likely six or more lead-acid batteries mounted on that tray, and they all need maintenance.

Collect A Liquid Care Package

For cleaning the terminals, use a half-and-half mix of baking soda and water to clear the corrosive deposits. If necessary, remove the connecting wire linkages, the ones that connect each battery block to its neighbour. With everything clean, the chore of reconnecting the battery cables commences, again as directed by the manual. Complete this job by coating the terminals in petroleum jelly. This greasy stuff protects the threaded rods from the atmosphere. Finally, top up the liquid electrolyte. Please, only ever use distilled water when topping up a lead-acid battery. Tap water is NOT an option here.

Maintenance workers proceed methodically when carrying out their duties on golf buggy battery packs. The best tip here is to go slow. Prepare the tools, including the gloves and the insulated wrench. Add a bottle of electrolyte-topping distilled water and a smaller bottle of cleansing solution to the kit. Reversing the procedure, reconnect everything tightly while checking for terminal damage. Like the maintenance worker, use a calm and methodical manner when reconnecting the various battery linkages and cables.

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