Nothing is more frustrating than heading out for a great round of golf with friends and be stranded at the 4th hole because of dead batteries! The same goes for a fun-filled afternoon of cruising around with friends and family on the cart, only to be stuck far from home with dead batteries! The number one reason we see for premature battery failure here at Performance Plus Carts is LACK OF MAINTENANCE. Maintaining batteries is definitely not on the top of the list of fun things to do but if you follow these few simple steps your batteries will perform reliably for many years!
1. Clean the corrosion from the terminals using a SMALL amount of baking soda. Sprinkle the baking soda on the terminal connections and add a small amount of water to it, the baking soda will foam up and then you can rinse away the corrosion. If the build up is heavy, a small brass brush can help. *NOTE* Take care to not get any baking soda INSIDE the battery, it will neutralize the acid and damage the battery.
2. Check the water level in the battery. Remove the battery cell caps if your battery has them. The water level should be up to the bottom of the lip that extends down in to the golf cart batteries. *NOTE* DO NOT overfill your batteries as the acid that spills out could damage battery trays or anything else it comes in contact with.
3. Make sure your battery connections are tight. Over time, vibration can loosen the battery connection causing intermittent electrical problems and possibly damage the battery terminals. *NOTE* DO NOT over tighten the connection as this could cause damage to the battery post or terminal.
4. DO NOT store your cart with discharged batteries. Keeping your batteries fully charged at all times will help prevent sulfation from forming inside your batteries. *NOTE* Once a battery has sulfated, it will never recharge and perform at full capacity and will fail prematurely.
Should you have any questions regarding proper battery maintenance or would like us to take care of it for you, feel free to contact our expert staff at Performance Plus Carts. Following these four simple steps will definitely prolong the life of your batteries and eliminate costly premature battery failure. Remember, take care of your batteries and they will take care of you!