Welcome back to Florida!
Whether you were gone for the summer or just a few weeks, coming back to southwest Florida always feels like coming home. There’s nothing better than settling in and getting back into that southwest Florida routine.
The day has come; you’ve been itching to get back on the green. Taking your golf cart out of storage gives you a thrill of adrenaline…
…that doesn’t last.
Your cart won’t start.
There’s no need to panic! When golf cart’s are left in storage for weeks, or even months, at a time certain issues may arise.
Gator Golf Cars is here to help you troubleshoot your Gas or Electric Golf Carts.
Questions to Ask After Storage
Once you’re convinced that your golf cart isn’t playing tricks on you, it’s important to ask yourself a few key questions:
- “Did I flip the switch over to Run?”
This sounds simple but after months without use, sometimes our brains switch off too! Make sure the cart is switched to the right position.
- “Did I forget to put the golf cart in the right position for the long storage?”
If you left in a rush or it simply slipped your mind and your golf cart was left in the wrong position, then your batteries may be long dead. Try recharging them and if that doesn’t work, it may be wise to invest in a new battery.
- “Did I leave the battery charger plugged into the car for six months?”
Uh oh! If the charger was plugged into your cart for over a few months, you may need to replace the battery.
- “Is there any water in the batteries?”
Check your batteries water level to ensure it’s sufficient as well as to check for freezing or bursts.
Troubleshooting a Gas Golf Car
Not everyone has made the shift to an electric cart. If you’re still rockin’ the gas golf car then your problem may lie in the Furl tank.
If the golf cart spent it’s time in storage with gas in it’s tank then there’s a good chance the gasoline has gone bad. Remove the old gas and dispose of it using the procedures defined in state regulations. Refill your tank with a fresh start and try again!
Still doesn’t start? It’s time to check your battery.
Unlike an electric cart, this can get a little difficult. Testing your battery depends on the make and model, the tools you have, and whether or not you have them. Testing a gas golf cart’s batter without proper tools can further damage your cart.
If you don’t feel confident testing the battery yourself, call your local golf car service and parts dealer.
Troubleshooting an Electric Golf Car
The most common issue for an electric car is the battery has simply lost charge. After retrieving your cart from storage, give the battery a good charge. Once charged, your golf cart should spring to life.
Not charging? Your golf cart’s battery may need to be restored.
The battery can be fully restored by flushing out the acid and cleaning the cells with a mixture of Epsom salt and water. You can then acquire an older, manual charger and use a pair of heavy duty alligator clamps as an adapter to give your battery a boost of voltage high enough for the automatic charger to read.
If this doesn’t sound like something you want to tamper with, call a professional!
Still having issues? Call a professional! Contact the team at Gator Golf Cars with any and all of your questions. Our maintenance department will troubleshoot your cart and get you back on the course!