How to Refurbish a Golf Cart How to Refurbish a Golf Cart

What You'll Need
Steel wool
Protective gloves
Rubber tire patch kit
Clean rags
Wrench
Distilled water
Battery
Baking soda
Warm tap water

As much as golf can be an enjoyable hobby, it can also quickly become an expensive one, which can lead you to consider a used golf cart. You can take the potential for savings even further by following a few steps to refurbish a cart yourself.

Step 1 – Consider Abilities

With the wide range of used golf carts on the market, you will find that they are available in various states of disrepair. Before making a purchase, consider how much work you are prepared to undertake and are capable of.

Be aware that if you are buying in an area with a longer golf season, the golf cart is likely to have suffered more wear and tear because it has been used more.    

Step 2 – Check Power Supply

The batteries that power electric golf carts have a certain lifespan, and this is likely to be where the problem lies if the cart fails to start or only has an intermittent power supply. The label on the battery should confirm its age; if it is over three years old or shows any sign of an acid leak, then it is prudent to replace it. If the battery is in order, use some steel wool to clean the terminals before properly reconnecting them. Determine the water level and refill with distilled water to the line indicated if it is low. If acid has leaked into parts of the cart, mix a solution of a quart of warm tap water and ½ cup of baking sofa and use this to clean up the spill whilst wearing protective gloves.

For a gas-powered cart, you should check the spark plugs, as they will stop the engine from working if they are faulty. Replace them if necessary. If the engine cuts out, check whether the fuel line has become clogged and flush it with a high-powered hose if it has. Replace if it has suffered damage.  

Step 3 – Check Brakes

If possible, test drive the golf cart in a safe and open area so that you can check for any sign that something is amiss. If the brakes don’t react quickly enough or their use creates an unusual noise, they must be carefully checked. Correctly position the brake shoes if they have fallen out of alignment. If they have worn completely, you will need to replace them.  

Step 4 – Tires

Even if the air-filled tires appear to have no damage, a tire repair kit will still be useful in case of a blow out. As with a regular car, regularly check the air pressure to ensure that the tires are not over or under-filled, which can cause uneven wear and poor traction, or that they are suffering a slow puncture.

Where tubeless tires have suffered wear or damage, use a wrench to unscrew the nuts so that they can be replaced.

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