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10 Things You're Doing Wrong... With Your Golf Cart

10 Things You're Doing Wrong... With Your Golf Cart

Golf Cart Stuff Senior Content Writer


Written by: Amber Ripley

Read Time: 5 minutes


From the back nine to the back forty and everywhere in-between, Golf Carts have become the vehicle of choice for recreation, sport, small-town commuting, homestead chores (and more), and Golf Cart Stuff has become your one-stop source for helpful information and affordable quality golf cart parts and accessories. 

How to take care of a golf cart

Versatile as they may be, just like any other vehicle, golf carts require regular care and maintenance to ensure optimal performance and longevity.

Unfortunately, many owners make some common golf cart mistakes that can lead to costly repairs and even compromise safety. In this article, we will discuss the  top 10 mistakes people make with their golf carts, ranging from overloading to neglecting crucial maintenance tasks.

Whether you're more of a classic golf cart owner with an EZGO, Club Car, or Yamaha Golf Cart, or you prefer the more modern GEM Car, ICON, Advanced EV, STAR, Garia, EVolution, or any other LSV Golf Cart, the following points will apply to you! 

Let's dive in and discover how to keep your golf cart in tip-top shape!

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Here are the Top 10 Golf Cart Mistakes:

  1. Overloading the Golf Cart
    Exceeding the weight capacity of the golf cart by carrying too many passengers or excessive cargo will strain the cart's suspension, motor, tires, and other components.

  2. Improper Golf Cart Battery Charging
    Failing to follow the manufacturer's guidelines for charging the golf cart batteries can lead to undercharging, overcharging, or damaging the batteries. It's important to use the correct charger and follow the recommended charging times.

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  3. Neglecting Battery Maintenance
    Golf cart batteries require regular maintenance, including checking water levels, cleaning terminals, and ensuring proper connections. Neglecting these tasks can result in reduced battery life and performance.

  4. Ignoring Tire Maintenance
    Incorrect tire pressure or lack of regular maintenance can lead to uneven wear, decreased traction, and potential safety hazards. It's crucial to maintain the appropriate tire pressure and inspect the tires for any signs of damage or wear.

  5. Reckless Driving
    Operating a golf cart at excessive speeds, taking sharp turns, or driving on uneven terrain can increase the risk of accidents and cause damage to the cart's components. It's essential to drive responsibly and within the recommended speed limits. This includes making sure you are operating in a street-legal fashion- and not allowing underage children to drive the cart on public roadways.  

  6. Neglecting Brake Maintenance
    Failing to regularly inspect and maintain the brakes can compromise their effectiveness, potentially leading to accidents. Brake pads, cables, and drums should be inspected and replaced as needed.

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  7. Using the Wrong Type of Fuel
    Gas-powered Golf Carts can have 2-stroke or 4-stroke engines, and using the wrong fuel type can cause severe or critical damage. Make sure to use the appropriate fuel type or mix specified by your golf cart's manufacturer.

  8. Lack of Lubrication
    Ignoring the lubrication needs of the golf cart's moving parts can result in increased friction, wear, and potential breakdowns. Regularly lubricate the cart's components as recommended by the manufacturer.

  9. Storing the Cart Improperly
    Leaving a golf cart exposed to the elements for extended periods without appropriate cover or protection will lead to corrosion, fading, and other forms of damage. It's best to store the cart in a covered area or use a cart cover when not in use.

  10. Skipping Regular Maintenance
    Neglecting routine maintenance, including oil changes, filter replacements, belt inspections, and overall check-ups, can cause the golf cart's performance to decline over time. Regular maintenance is essential to keep the cart in it's best condition for years to come.

Learn From Your Mistakes

Owning a golf cart is a fantastic asset, providing convenience and enjoyment no matter your lifestyle. By steering clear of the common mistakes discussed in this article, you can ensure that your golf cart remains reliable, safe, and performs at its best.

For an even deeper dive into Essential Golf Cart Maintenance, stop by this article where we provide you with a handy checklist for all the regular golf cart maintenance practices. 

From avoiding overloading and improper charging to practicing responsible driving and regular maintenance, each step plays a vital role in preserving the longevity and efficiency of your golf cart. Take the time to follow the manufacturer's guidelines, perform routine inspections, and address any issues promptly.

With the right care, your golf cart will continue to serve you well for many more enjoyable rounds of golf or trips around town to come.

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Golf Cart Stuff Senior Content Writer Amber Ripley What would you get if you crossed a scientist and a golf cart? It would be our Senior Content Writer, Amber Ripley! If you have a question, she knows how to research to bring you the information you need. Before joining the ranks at Golf Cart Stuff™, Amber was in sales and marketing for industrial tool and die products, so digging into all the nitty gritty, technical details about Golf Carts is par for the course…In the words of a famous songwriter: “If you got a problem, Yo! She’ll solve it!”

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