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What Are the Most Common Problems With Electric Golf Carts?

Posted by Katherine Faulk on Aug 17, 2017 1:48:33 PM

The most common problems with electric golf cartsIf you're the type to keep the environment in mind or you're interested in saving on fuel costs, an electric golf cart may be the solution to your golf cart needs!

They generally run more quietly than gasoline-powered golf carts and ATVs do, and keeping them moving is as simple as keeping up with preventative maintenance and maintaining a full charge.

However, electric golf carts do have their share of unique concerns and potential issues that you'll want to keep an eye out for. Most of these problems can be prevented with regular tune-ups and following our storage guidelines during the winter.

Today, we'll look at the most common problems with electric golf carts, and how you can prevent or repair them.

1. Batteries That Break Down or Lose Charge

If your golf cart won't start, the first thing we suggest it checking your battery! Electric golf cart batteries need to be charged and have water added regularly. If you purchase a preowned electric golf cart, be sure to ask about the age of the battery before you buy. You may not need to replace your battery for a long time, but the older a golf cart is, the more prone it may be to corrosion.

Also, if you don't use your golf cart year-round, follow our storage guidelines for winter. This can can help prevent corrosion from building up.

2. Solenoid Breakdowns

The solenoid is a cylindrical coil of wire that works as the magnet carrying an electric current. Basically, when you start up your golf cart, the solenoid is the reason for the clicking sound you hear when engaging the acceleration pedal. This sound is a good thing!

If you stop hearing that clicking sound and your golf cart no longer starts up, it's likely the solenoids are to blame. The problem may be as simple as loose wires, or you may be looking at a broken coil or corrosion. If solenoids are the issue, you'll want to bring your golf cart in for repairs.

3. Issues With the Ignition

If your ignition has problems, it's almost certainly due to wear and tear or the age of your golf cart. Wires can become loose and lose the connection between the switch and the battery, or they may require replacement when they wear out or break over time.

4. Speed Controller

If your golf cart starts up successfully but just can't manage to speed up or maintain acceleration, your controller may be to blame. Problems with this part are notoriously tricky to diagnose and repair, so even do-it-yourself types will probably want to bring their golf cart into our Service Department.

5. Direction Switch

The direction switch simply lets you control whether your golf cart is in forward or reverse. One of the most frequently used parts on a golf cart, it's heavily prone to wear and tear and breaking down over time.

Odds are good that if the direction switch is acting up, it will need to be replaced, so give us a call to schedule a time for repairs.

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Topics: Repairs