Golf Cart Tyres Pressure?
This is a question commonly asked of our sales experts at Battery Pit Stop and it’s a great question indeed. You need to be aware of the right PSI or golf cart tyre pressure to pump the tyres to in order to get the best performance out of your cart and avoid nasty events like blow-outs from happening.
The Right PSI for your Golf Cart Tyres
What is PSI?
First of all, let’s understand a little bit more about what air pressure actually is.
Air pressure is measured in PSI which, according to Wikipedia, is a unit of pressure and stands for pound per square inch or pound-force per square inch. It is the pressure resulting from a force of one pound-force applied to an area of one square inch. In SI units, 1 psi is approximately equal to 6895 N/m².
Golf cart tyres pressure, as with all other tyres like car, bike or campervan, is therefore measured in PSI units too.
What PSI should I have in my golf cart tyres?
Keeping your golf cart tyre pressure in South Africa, at an optimal level is beneficial for you and the cart too. Your golf cart will run more efficiently, speedily and the tyres will last much longer. You’ll be able to focus on your game and not worry whether your golf cart tyres are too low or too high.
The Perfect Tyre Pressure
Experts agree that the most optimal PSI or air pressure for standard golf cart tyres is between 15-25 PSI. We recommend that you try and keep the pressure right in the middle of that range, so maintaining a tyre pressure of 18-22 PSI is pretty much perfect.
There will be a recommended tyre pressure range on the side wall of your tyre, but as a standard most golf carts run the most efficiently when the tyre pressure is in the 18-22 PSI range.
We recommend checking the pressure of your golf cart tyres once a month, preferably when the tyres are cold, like first thing in the morning. When you run tyres that are too low or too high, you can run the risk of complications and the tyres not lasting as long as they should.
When the pressure is too low
If you run your golf cart on tyres that are too low, i.e. below 15 PSI then you’ll most likely experience a few of these situations;
- The side of your tyres will wear faster and the tread will wear unevenly too. This means you may have to replace your tyres sooner than expected.
- Too low tyres mean that there isn’t enough air pressure in the tyres, which mean you’ll most likely experience quite a bumpy ride.
- Your golf cart motor and battery will have to work much harder to pull the golf cart along when the tyres are too low – this means you could be working your battery to the bone and might have to replace it sooner than expected too.
When the pressure is too high
As opposed to a tyre that wears on the outside when the pressure is too low, a tyre that is pumped up too high will experience more wear in the middle of the tyre. Having a tyre that is too hard will also mean a bumpier journey because there is too much air in the tyres and not enough room to give.
The biggest risk to pumping your tyres too high is that you are at greater risk of experiencing a blow-out. An overinflated tyre could burst at any time and this could be a very dangerous situation for you and your passengers.
Find out more about golf cart tyre maintenance now, call Battery Pitstop today on 011 397 6907.