First Time Golf Cart Purchasing Commonly Asked Questions:
1.) Do I/we want a brand new golf cart, a refurbished / reconditioned golf cart or a used golf cart.
2.) Do I/we want Gas or Electric?
3.) Do I/we want to purchase from a dealer or a private party (individual)?
4.) What brand should I consider purchasing? (EZGO, Club Car, Yamaha, Star, CitECar, Zone, Tomberlin, Bad Boy Buggy, Columbia, American Sport Works, Gem LSV, Bombardier, Ford...... the list goes on!)
When looking at a golf cart to purchase you should ask yourself the following questions to help determine what is important to meet you golf cart requirements:
1.) How many people would I be interested in carrying 90% of the time?
2.) How frequently will I be riding the golf cart (5 times per week, 1 time per month, 1 time per year)?
3.) When I do get on the golf cart how far or how long will I need it to be capable of traveling?
4.) Am I willing to maintain the golf cart or am I near someone who can?
Golf Cart Battery Information Section:
Storage and extended storage periods:
All batteries will self discharge over time. The rate of the self discharge varies depending on the outside temperatures and the age of the batteries.
A fully charged battery will not freeze in the winter temperatures unless the temperature falls below -75° F.
For winter storage, the batteries must be clean, fully charged and disconnected from any source of electrical drain. The battery charger and the controller are both sources of electrical drain. Unplug the battery charger DC plug from the vehicle recepticle.
Disconnect the controller from the battery set by selecting the "TOW/MAINTENANCE" position on the RUN-TOW/MAINTENANCE SWITCH located under the passenger seat.
As with all electric vehicles, the batteries must be checked and recharged as required or at a minimum of 30 day intervals.
Golf Cart Battery Water Levels:
The correct level of the electrolyte is 1/2" (13mm) above the plates in each cell. This level will leave about a 1/4" to 3/8" amount of space between the electrolyte and the vent tube. The electrolyte level is important since any portion of the plates exposed to air will be ruined beyond repair! Of equal importance is too much water which will result in electrolyte being forced out of the battery due to gassing and the increase in volume of the electrolyte that results from the charging.
A battery being charged will 'gas' with the majority of the gassing taking place at the end of the charging cycle. This gas is hydrogen. Water and sulfuric acid droplets will be carried out of the battery vents by the hydrogen gas; however, this loss is minimal. If the battery electrolyte level is too high, the electrolyte will block the vent tube and the gas will force it out of the vent tube and battery cap. The water will evaporate but the sulfuric acid will remain where it can damage vehicle components and the storage facility floor. Sulfuric acid loss will weaken the concentration of acid within the electrolyte and reduce the life of the battery.
Over the life of the battery a considerable amount of water is consumed. It is important that the water used be pure and free of contaminants that could reduce the life of the battery by reducing the chemical reaction. The water must be distilled or purified by an efficient filtration system. Water that is not distilled should be analyzed and if required, filtration installed to permit the water to meet the requirements of the water purity requirements specified in manuals.
(battery information cited from ezgo repair and service manual TXT 48v, issued 1/2010)