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How To Change Your Golf Cart Batteries

Electric golf carts are powered by batteries and with the proper care, they can last for up to 10 years. At some point, however, they’ll need to be replaced.

If they’re taking longer to charge, losing their charge quickly or producing less power than they once did, your golf cart batteries are probably nearing the end of their useable lifespan

Fortunately, swapping out your old golf cart batteries for new ones is a simple procedure. Here’s what to do:

  • Gather your supplies. You’ll need a ratchet and socket set, battery carrying straps, a scrub brush, access to water and a few rags. Also, be sure to wear  safety glasses and protective gloves.

  • Make sure you have the correct battery type. Refer to your user’s manual for information about which type of batteries you need for your golf cart. Additionally, it’s a good idea to check the date code. A date within the past year is preferable, as this means the batteries will last longer.

  • Access the golf cart’s batteries. You’ll be able to get at them either from the front of the vehicle or under the seat. It’s a good idea to take a picture of the battery set up as this will be helpful if you forget which cable goes where.

  • Unplug the batteries. Most golf cart batteries come in sets of four or six. Remove them by releasing the negative wire followed by the positive wire on one battery before moving on to the next. You may also need to detach the brackets that hold the battery pack in place.

  • Inspect and clean the area. Check the inside of the battery compartment for leaks and debris. Clean the area if needed. The wires may also need to be wiped down or replaced. Allow everything to dry completely before installing the new batteries.

  • Insert the new batteries. Install the new batteries by carefully placing them in the same arrangement as the old ones. Refer back to the photo you took if necessary. Reconnect the wires one battery at a time, making sure to start with the positive wire this time. Coat the terminals with petroleum jelly or an anti-corrosion gel.

  • Charge the batteries completely. New golf cart batteries need to be cycled a few times before they reach their full capacity. To do so, they should be discharged to about 50 percent and then recharged.

 

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