The team at WHEELZ prefers to operate our golf carts year round. And with so many uses for golf carts, even during the snowy months, why winterize? But, if you are a snowbird or someone who prefers to pack the golf cart away during the off season, do it correctly. Here are a few tips for both gas and electric golf carts:
Step 1: Thoroughly Clean your Golf Cart
When it comes time to store your golf cart, be sure that it is clean. Use soap, water, degreaser, and other cleaning products as needed to wash away dried mud, sand, grime, and dirt on the golf cart. Don't let a dirty golf cart nag at you all winter, clean it now. Cleaning your golf cart makes it easier to work on / inspect before storage.
Use a battery terminal cleaner to clean corrosion from the battery.For a DYI cleaner, mix a bit of baking soda and water together and use it to lightly brush the terminals. Rinse the solution off with water and dry with a towel. While the battery dries, check the connecting wires on the battery to ensure a tight fit and no wire breakage or damage.
Now is a good time to park your golf cart in the spot where it will be stored, because after the winterizing process, it will have to be pushed to be moved.
Step 2: Winterizing your Golf Cart
If your cart is gas, drain gasoline from all plumbing and parts from the carburetor to the fuel tank. Fuel that is left to sit in the cart over the winter can cause gunk to form in small parts of the carburetor or the fuel pump. If your golf cart has a shut-off valve, make sure it is in the "off" position. If your golf cart does not have a shut-off valve, disconnect the fuel line from the fuel tank. After all fuel has been drained, and lines shut off / removed, run the engine until it dies. Loosen bottom screw on the carburetor bowl to drain the remaining fuel out of it. Seal the gas tank by tightening the gas cap. Next, stick a golf tee into the vent tube and seal the edges with some duct tape for a secure seal.
Step 3: Finishing Touches
Disconnect battery cables to prevent any unnecessary electrical problems from occurring while in storage. If the cart will be checked on periodically, leave the batteries connected and hook the cart up to a maintainer. Inflate tires to the proper pressure before storing to maintain the shape of the tires when it is not driven.
DO NOT LOCK your golf cart's parking brake. Locking the parking brake cable for an extended period may cause the cable to stretch. Place wooden blocks behind the tires to prevent movement while in storage.
Be ready to tune up your gas golf cart when you take it back out of storage.