Friday, September 12, 2014

Cover All Bases for Storing Your Golf Cart This Cold Season

Winter is fast approaching. And before we know it, golf season in some parts of the US will be on hiatus, signaling the time for them to park their golf cart for a while and hit the golf sheets until spring arrives (well, for some).

But before letting a golf cart go on a hibernation state this time of the year, perhaps it is ideal that one should give his/her golf cart one last maintenance check, and wash to ensure its mint condition during and after its long break from use. It wouldn’t be much of a hard time, now would it? So, to help you accomplish this task, here are some useful tips on how to dress your cart ready for the cold season!

Formosa 4-Passengers with 2-Passengers Roof Top Golf Cart Cover in Taupe

Disconnect Battery Terminals

This is basically an old practice not only for golf carts, but for most automotive batteries. Most golf carts have a built-in charger so the rule of thumb is to keep it charged by plugging it in. Although this will do the job, it is still ideal for some to disconnect the terminals from the battery – especially if it is relatively old –  if the cart will be left unused and sit for a long period of time. Moreover, you can also use battery tenders to monitor and preserve its charge. And while you’re at it, might as well clean the terminals with a clean brush, baking soda and water to wash off accumulated grime and chemical deposits around the battery posts.

Check tire air pressure

Make sure that your tires are well-inflated, with a pressure ranging from 20-25 PSI. This is to safeguard the rims from further damages and cracks in the event your tires get flat and deflated. With that being said, it is highly recommended to replace worn out or damaged tires with new ones, as well as to take a look-see if the axles and chamber are all aligned.

Remove/Disconnect All Items That May Acquire Damage Due To Cold Climate

This goes for GPS, stereo, head units, towels and of course, golf clubs. It is best to remove these items and store it separately, as these items are vulnerable to damage during extreme conditions. As an extra precaution, place a couple of silica gel bags or other desiccants to your storage box to deter moisture that can potentially damage electrical components as well as rusts to your clubs.

Wash the Cart

Diligently wash the golf cart, including the tires and rain curtain with mild soap and soft cloth. For the car seats, use an old soft-bristled brush for scrubbing off sticky grimes. The use of vacuum is also encouraged to suck off the dust from the seat’s hard-to-clean areas. If necessary, carpet cleaners and other chemical-based cleansers for cleaning the windshield, dashboard, leather upholstery, pedals and panels. Once done, wipe off excess water and/or water drops from the cart with a dry clean cloth.

Clear the Parking Spot

Allot an ample space for your golf cart. If you tend to park the cart inside the garage, make sure the area is clear and away from any hazards to prevent unwanted scratches. This also goes for outside parking. Secure the cart by placing a steering wheel lock and tire wedge. Also, look for a spot that has access to plugs for the battery charger. Remember to set the cart’s switch to TOW/MAINTENANCE mode. Finally, get a resilient golf cart cover to cloak and protect your cart from excessive moisture and snow accumulation.

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