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Unread 10-17-2010, 09:32 AM   #1
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Default Northeast winter storage

OK simple question for you gurus of the golf cart. My 85 will see its first winter by me, and I have to know do you guys remove your batteries and store them inside? It would be kept in a non heated detatched garage. I do have electricity out there but would not really trust it and feel that I have no other option but to remove them.
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Unread 10-17-2010, 10:49 AM   #2
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If you dont trust electricity to keep a 36 volt automatic charger hooked up for winter I would say you are going to have to remove batterys and store them where they are kept above freezing temp? I am old fashioned and always store batterys off ground, cement, etc as I was taught many years ago that batterys discharge faster that way?
( ALL batterys discharge some even when unhooked ) I also would use the removal time to clean, repair battery box areas on cart and paint them. Also wash batterys after removal and dry them so discharge wont be as fast as dirty batterys do? If you happen to have a auto 12 volt automatic charger I would hook it up to ( each 2 batterys in series ) at a time and maintain charge during down time.
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Unread 10-17-2010, 02:35 PM   #3
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the safest way is to remove the batts, but if you have a good set and they are fully charged all you really need to do is park it and cover it and you shouldn,t have any issues.........just make sure they are good and fully charged................................
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Default Re: Northeast winter storage

You are ahead of most guys in the snow zone, you have a garage to get the cart out of the wind. Clean everything up real nice, charge the pack, switch the controller to "TOW" if so equipped, and leave it. If you can, drive the cart for 15 minutes once a month and charge it again after each of these short drives. This would be the best practice for your cart. If driving is not an option, charge the cart anyway once a month. A charged battery will NOT freeze in the lower 48 states.
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Unread 10-19-2010, 02:24 PM   #5
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When I help store carts, I fully charge the batteries, and disconnect the main positive and negative.
In the spring reconnect the batteries, hook up the charger, and when done, enjoy the ride.
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When I help store carts, I fully charge the batteries, and disconnect the main positive and negative.
In the spring reconnect the batteries, hook up the charger, and when done, enjoy the ride.

Ditto!
Did it that way for 4 years with no problems!

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Thanks for all the responces, but my son made the decision for me. this weekend we are re wireing the whole cart and removing the batts. Then we will be painting the whole battery storage area and the underneath.
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Unread 10-20-2010, 07:39 AM   #8
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Make sure to take before, during, and after pics!!!

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Unread 10-20-2010, 07:58 AM   #9
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When you store your batteries, keep them up off the concrete on wood blocks. That'll help make sure they don't drain or freeze also...
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Unread 10-20-2010, 08:34 AM   #10
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When you paint battery support area I use one of the truck bed liner sprays or bed paint and allow it to dry fully or it may slide loose with weight of batterys.
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