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Unread 04-19-2008, 09:51 PM   #1
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Hi i just got my first golf cart.It is a 1990's ez go and i just want to know if ther is anything i need to know?Do i just charge and ride or is there other weekly maintenance?And i here that your batteries must be at 24 volts before the auto charger will kick in so I just hook a car charger up if they are not at 24 volts right?thanks in advance for anyhelp.
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Unread 04-19-2008, 10:00 PM   #2
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Welcome to BGW!

First thing you need to do is make sure all your cable connections are clean and tight. You can clean the battery tops with water from a garden hose just be sure not to spray water directly into any electrical components. You can use baking soda and some mild soap and water with a bristle brush to get any stubborn deposits off.

Check the water level in the batteries. Fill to about 1/4 inch above the lead plates BEFORE charging. Then after fully charging you can top them off. The reason for this is to keep the batteries from boiling excess electrolyte out of the batteries while charging. Battery acid will eat away at just about everything it touches. Use only DISTILLED water. Distilled water does not have the impurties and minerals found in regular tap water. (No, running the water through a filter will not filter out the impurites and minerals) Distilled water can be found at just about any grocery store. Check the water level at least once a month, more often if you charge frequently. Use a battery terminal protectant to coat the battery terminals. I prefer wheel bearing grease but it can get nasty. A well cared for battery will give you several years of trouble free service.

Most chargers will not come on unless they sense a certain voltage.....around 28 volts or so. They will vary from charger to charger. You can use an automotive type 12 volt charger to charge 2 six volt batteries at a time to get the voltage up enough to get them up enough for the golf cart charger to take over.
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Unread 04-19-2008, 10:38 PM   #3
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Roady, . Can you make this a sticky in the welcome section? lol
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