Monthly Archives: January 2014

Golf Cart Battery Care

If you have a golf cart, it is important that you know how to properly take care of it. Failure to do so could lead to a number of problems. There are many people who assume that golf cart batteries are maintenance-free. However, this is not the case.

You will need the following items to maintain and care for your golf cart battery:

  • gloves
  • goggles
  • petroleum jelly
  • baking soda
  • a post cleaner
  • a hydrometer (this is used to measure the amount of gravity in electrolyte solution)
  • a voltmeter (this is used for the measurement of the voltage found between two points found in an electric circuit)
  • distilled water
  • wrench

Make sure the clothing you are wearing will protect you. Goggles and gloves that are acid proof are essential when you are dealing with acid batteries. Baking soda and water can neutralize an acid spill and prevent the damage from getting worse. Do not allow the electrolyte solution to touch your skin. Never smoke near a battery. Do not add acid to a battery.

Six lead-acid batteries under the front seat are usually used to power a golf cart.

Look at the batteries and see if there are any cracks on the sides or top of the container. Make sure no corrosion, fluids or dirt are on the connections and posts. Any batteries that are damaged need to be replaced.

Tighted all vent caps. Use a solution made from water and baking soda along with a brush or cloth to clean the top of the battery. Make sure that no foreign matter or cleaning solution is allowed to enter the battery. Use clean water to rinse the battery and a clean cloth to dry it. Do not use any spray cleaners or solvents. Use a clamp and post cleaner to clean the inside of the cable clamps and the terminals of the battery. Attach the clamps to the terminals. Afterwards, put a thin layer of petroleum jelly on them.

Only add water after the battery has been fully charged. Before it is charged, the plates should be covered by water. A fully or partially discharged battery should have a water level that is higher than the plates.

Never fill the water up to the cap. Never allow air to contact the plates. Never use water that has a high content of minerals. Only use water that is deionized or distilled.

On a weekly basis, check the level of water in every battery cell. All of the leaded battery plates need to be submerged in liquid. Only add enough water to submerge the plates.

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