When to Replace Golf Cart Batteries?
A golf cart battery is like any other deep cycle battery that requires a delicate mix of chemicals and electrical charge to operate. Many golf cart owners take for granted that they will just continue to run forever and feel that they don’t need to understand when to replace golf cart batteries.
However, it is essential to understand the signs of when a replacement battery for golf carts are needed. They are simple, easy to read signs that will help you spot a dying battery before it’s dead and you are left in the lurch.
Consideration to Keep in Mind
How do I know when to replace golf cart batteries?
Here are a few tell-tale signs to look out for to spot that your club car golf cart battery replacement needs to happen sooner than later:
The battery is taking longer and longer to charge
When a battery is coming to the end of its life, it will be able to still fully charge but it will take more and more time to get there. If your battery takes longer to charge, it’s a clear indication that it’s dying.
You do not get as much distance with a full battery as you once did
On a brand-new battery, you should be able to get at least 10kms worth of distance off of one charge which generally equates to at least two or three rounds of golf in one day. Most cart owners don’t require that kind of mileage in one day however, but that’s the norm. Once you begin to notice that you are not able to get as much distance from a full battery as you once did, it’s a sign of a battery at the end of its life.
The cart does not respond with as much power
A dying battery will take much longer to respond then a new one. If you notice that your cart is sluggish and doesn’t whizz off as quickly when you hit the petrol pedal, you’ll know it’s time for replacing.
The battery itself shows signs of ageing
There are a few visual cues to look out for that could indicate ageing or dying battery;
- The battery bulges, expands or cracks
- Corrosion spots can be seen on the battery
- Acid leaking from the battery
It’s best to check your battery regularly for physical signs of ageing and also to wipe them down after every use as well. If you see leaking acid from the battery it’s best to rather remove the battery and dispose of it correctly as lead-acid can be hazardous.
How to replace golf cart batteries?
It is always best to make use of a reputable golf cart battery replacement service to switch out the old with the new. You want to make sure the battery is properly fitted and well-positioned.
Tips for saving battery life
Here are a few tips to help make sure your golf cart battery lasts for as long as possible;
- Don’t run electrical components like radios or lights when the cart isn’t running
- Don’t leave your battery empty after use, always recharge it
- Don’t run your battery to empty, rather stop before it runs flat.
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