Some of the best golfing in the world is in places that don’t have to worry about cold, harsh winters. It must be nice, right? For those who live in more temperate regions, the cooling air is a warning that it’s time to prepare for the winter. It may not seem like it needs much protection, but year after year, winter can start to eat away at your golf cart in many ways.
The first element working against you is time. While sitting in storage, any dirt or grime on your golf cart will remain, potentially damaging its exterior. Your first step should be to clean it from top to bottom, inside and out, over and under the hood. Just be careful to use the right type of cleaner in sensitive areas.
Next, you’ll need to winterize the batteries. After cleaning, fill them with distilled water, just a little bit over the plates. Disconnect the batteries from the cart to give them a winter’s rest.
Then, decide where you’ll be storing your golf cart for the winter. You’ll need to keep an eye out for different threats depending on whether it’s inside or outside. Inside, dust can build up, while outside, violent weather and extreme temperatures are the most common culprits. This just means you’ll need more outer protection.
Once the golf cart is in its right place, turn it off, put it in neutral, and engage the tow switch. You’ll also want to disengage the brakes and place heavy blocks in front of the tires to make sure the golf cart doesn’t roll away on you.
Give your golf cart a pat or a kiss on the hood and say goodbye until springtime (actually, it’s a good idea to check on it from time to time). It might be difficult to let go, but you’ll thank yourself when your golf cart and its parts last for a long, long time.
Winter is also a great time to make adjustments and improvements to your golf cart. We’ve got everything you could possibly want or need right here at DIY Golf Cart.