For many years, we have advised our customers never to tow their golf cart on a trailer or in a truck bed backwards if a windshield is installed. The reasoning behind this advice is to prevent the windshield from blowing off and causing damage to your cart or others on the road. In this discussion, we’ll elaborate on how to properly care for your golf cart windshield during the process of moving the vehicle.
What is a golf cart choke? Where is located on my golf cart? What does it do? And how do I operate it? These are all common questions we receive from customers who are unfamiliar with these principles. Within this discussion, we hope to help answer many of those questions.
How to lock a golf cart is a question that is frequently posed to us by customers. Many folks do not use their golf carts in gated communities with private security. Many are used in campgrounds, on city streets around race tracks and many other public applications where the ability to secure your golf cart is paramount to prevent theft or vandalism.
Despite many modern automobiles and golf carts both having fuel pumps, their principles of operation are very different. Whereas automobiles typically use electric fuel pumps or fuel injection, golf carts on the other hand, primarily use vacuum based fuel pumps. Within our discussion here, we’ll discuss possible issues with golf cart fuel pumps, how to test for proper operation as well as replacement procedures.
We are often asked by customers over the phone, by e-mail and in our own shop how to go about testing a gas golf cart solenoid. This is a relatively simple process, and the specifics should be researched within the service manual for your brand, year and model. For the purpose of this discussion, we’ll stick to the gas golf cart. We’ll publish another article soon to cover electric models.
We get a lot of inquiries about how to proceed with an electric to gas golf cart conversion, as well as vice versa. Typically, we advise people not to reinvent the wheel and if you want an electric, buy one. Likewise, if you want a gas cart, buy one. It is not usually cost-effective to perform these types of conversions, but we will discuss the pros and cons nonetheless.
Golf cart clutch removal is confusing to many people without prior experience. Despite automobiles also have clutches, there is very little similarity in the operation of those compared with a CVT (continuous variable transmission) in a golf cart. Although the clutch on an automobile and those on golf carts are responsible for transferring power from the engine to the transmission which is about their only similarity.
Golf cart cables do not refer to the small gauge control wiring in your vehicle, but rather the heavier gauge cables to conduct power from the batteries through your electrical components to the motor. Although traditionally at the 36 volt or 48 volt level, 6 gauge golf cart power cables have been sufficient for STOCK applications; many high performance modifications require thicker gauge wires to conduct higher power levels. We’ll discuss these high performance modifications and how determine the proper wire size for your application.
A local customer recently called our shop to inquire about the melted tail light lenses on his Club Car DS model golf cart. He explained the situation and e-mailed us some pictures. We had a couple theories on what had caused his problem, but he wanted us to pick up the cart, track down the issue and solve it. We did just that and thought our findings would be helpful to other golf cart owners.
There is a lot of confusion among golf cart owners regarding tow run switches in their carts. Often they do not receive the proper training from dealers to understand and use this switch properly. This confusion ranges from what it is, to what it does, how to properly use it, and when to use it. Within this discussion, we’ll try to clear up all of those questions.