Golf cart batteries require unique care and maintenance because, unlike car batteries, they do not recharge while they are being used. In order to lengthen the lifespan of your golf cart batteries, you should make certain to always keep them properly cleaned and to maintain the correct water levels in the battery. For guidance on care and maintenance, as well as instructions on refurbishing and recharging your golf cart batteries, keep reading!
Cleaning Golf Cart Batteries
Cleaning the terminals in your golf cart batteries is very important because it enables the current to efficiently flow from the battery to the motor. This will increase the operational efficiency of the motor. To clean your terminals, begin with the top of the battery, using a brush or a cloth, as well as a water and baking soda solution. Next, use a post and clamp cleaner for the inner part of the cable clamps and the terminals of the battery. Finally, reconnect your battery and coat the terminals with a very thin layer of petroleum jelly.
Checking the Water Level
In a golf cart battery, each battery has a cell with water in it. To increase lifespan, these water levels must be checked at least once a week and properly maintained. Within the battery are leaded plates that should always be covered by water. When adding water, wait until the golf cart battery has been fully charged. Only add water that is either distilled or deionized, which means it won’t have a high content of minerals. Never expose the lead plates to the air, and do not fill the water any higher than needed to cover the plates.
Refurbishing Golf Cart Batteries
If your golf cart battery appears to be dead, you may be able to clean the sulfur buildup on the lead plates in order to refurbish the battery. First, take a crescent wrench and disconnect the cables of the battery to remove it. Next, take the plastic caps off of the cells in the battery, and fill with water if necessary. Plug in the battery charger overnight.
If these steps are unsuccessful, dissolve 10 tablespoons of Epsom salt into a quart of warm water. Take half of the water out of your batteries and replace with the mixture. Shake the batteries after replacing the caps, and charge overnight again.
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Recharging Dead Golf Cart Batteries
If you run your batteries until they are dead, your regular charger may not work properly. To charge these batteries, use a charger that is twice the voltage of a single battery. For example, use a 12-volt charger for a 6-volt battery. Place the red end on positive for the first battery, and the black end on negative for the second battery. Charge and unplug before moving on to the next two batteries. Always unplug the charger first – otherwise, you could cause an explosion! Choosing a good battery charger is crucial to the longevity of your battery, so visit Industrial Powersource today to find the right one.
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