Uncategorized

Maintaining Your Electric Golf Cart

Performing regular maintenance on your electric golf cart, street legal golf cart, or low-speed vehicle is the best way to ensure your vehicle stays in peak performance. Consistent care and attention can not only prevent costly premature repairs, it can also help extend the life of your batteries while keeping your vehicle looking good and running well. 

Owner’s or Operation Manual

First, be sure to download a copy of your owner’s or operation manual so you can read about your detailed maintenance guide and troubleshoot any issues when things go wrong. If you did not receive a copy at your time of purchase, here’s a quick list of our available operation manuals for Bintelli Electric Vehicles:

Batteries

Your batteries are arguably one of the most important components of your electric vehicle or golf cart. Not only are they your eco-friendly source of energy, they can also be one the most expensive wearable parts to replace over the lifetime of your golf cart. Here in Charleston, SC we build our electric vehicles with American-made deep cycle flooded lead acid batteries made by Trojan batteries.

For information on other types of batteries, please follow the maintenance suggested by your battery manufacturer.

Be sure to wear protective clothing, gloves, and goggles when performing any cleaning or maintenance on your batteries. Always remove power first by disconnecting the main battery cable from the controller before disconnecting any battery cable from any terminal on the battery.

CLEANING 

If the battery terminals and connectors on your street legal golf cart for sale are not kept dry and clean, they are susceptible to corrosion, which can become a safety hazard and also reduce your battery performance. We recommend cleaning battery terminals once a week with a cloth or brush using a solution of water and baking soda (1 cup of baking soda to 1 gallon of water). Also clean the battery top and inside of the cable clamps as needed, avoiding any solution spilling inside the battery itself, and check that all vent caps and connections are tightly in place before reconnecting power. 

TIP: You can also help prevent against battery terminal corrosion by using a terminal protector spray, which can be found through your local battery dealer.

WATERING

Deep cycle flooded lead acid batteries need water. You must apply the right type and amount of water at the right time to avoid exposure or damage to the battery’s performance and longevity. Only add distilled or deionized water after fully charging, and prior to charging there should only be enough water to cover the plates. Once you’ve reached a full charge, add water until 1/8below the bottom of the fill well (use a piece of rubber as a dipstick to safely measure this level).

As long as you keep the water at the correct levels after a full charge, then you shouldn’t have to worry about the water at different levels of charge for your golf cart. Your local climate, charging methods, and driving application affect how often you will need to check your battery water levels. Until you get a feel for how thirsty your batteries tend to be, we recommend checking your battery water levels at least once a month. Bintelli is happy to discuss battery watering with you for any of the golf carts for sale that we offer!

Tire Pressure

A healthy tire pressure on your street legal golf cart can give you the best mileage and keep your tires lasting longer. Check your tire pressure once a month, and fill to the proper PSI level indicated on the side of the tire (for our standard electric vehicles, the recommended pressure is 30 PSI). Over inflation can cause premature and/or premature wear and tear on the tires, while under inflation can reduce the overall miles per charge. 

Rear Axle

Your golf cart rear axle requires different levels of periodic maintenance involving examining, cleaning, and repairing. You’ll need to clean off dust and mud from the cover to keep the axle clean, check all the connections to make sure they are in good condition, and add or replace gear oil as needed. It’s a good idea to get your brakes adjusted every two or three months, and every six months have the brakes cleaned and gear oil replaced to keep them in great condition. Read your Operation or Owner’s Manual for a full breakdown of your rear axle maintenance schedule. If you are in need of any replacement golf cart parts, you can find them on www.BintelliParts.com.

Wash and Clean

Like any other vehicle, you should regularly wash and clean your electric golf cart for proper surface maintenance. Wash away dirt and debris with car wash soap and a cloth or soft brush, and remember to also wash and rinse the underbody of the golf cart where the most dirt and mud can accumulate. 

Failure to wash and clean your golf cart regularly can also contribute to rust on steel framed electric vehicles. Being based on the coast Charleston SC, we know all too well the risks that can come with infrequent cleaning! Salt water can produce rust on your steel frame (unless you have an aluminum frame, like our Lifted models) and can diminish your cart’s overall look and functionality. If you live on the water and are looking at golf carts for sale, keep this in mind so you can be prepared for the kinds of maintenance and care your electric vehicle will require.

Protect and Store

You can help protect and restore old or faded plastics on your street legal golf cat with certain sprays (we hear Renew Protect is a good option), which can also prevent new surfaces from fading over time, and you can also protect your electric golf cart using a weather enclosure. No matter the season, a weather enclosure can shield your cart’s interior from exposed elements, keeping your seats, dashboard, and floor mat dry and safe while covering your passengers as well. When storing your electric golf cart, follow the storage guidelines according to your Operation or Owner’s Manual for the best care of your golf cart batteries during long term storage.

Overall

In general, the maintenance needed to keep up your electric vehicle or golf cart is minimal, especially when compared to the upkeep of a gas model. Keep your maintenance schedule in a handy place so you never forget when to touch up your vehicle, and you’ll always stay on top of you golf cart upkeep!

Should you have any maintenance questions on your Bintelli golf cart or Bintelli street legal golf cart, please contact us toll free at 866-542-8677.