The Ultimate Golf Cart Maintenance Checklist

Golf Cart ChecklistMaintaining your golf cart is crucial for ensuring its longevity and performance. With regular preventive maintenance, you can prevent expensive repairs and extend the lifespan of your vehicle. From checking the battery to inspecting the brakes, this guide will provide you with a comprehensive checklist to help you keep your golf cart in top condition. Whether you use your golf cart for leisurely rounds of golf or as a convenient mode of transportation around your community, proper maintenance is essential for safe and reliable operation.

Types of Golf Carts

There are two main types of golf carts: gasoline and electric. Both types of golf carts can come in a variety of styles and sizes, from basic two-seaters to modified carts that can carry more passengers or supplies. Electric golf carts are also quieter and require less maintenance than their gasoline counterparts. They are commonly used in golf courses, parks, and other areas where low-speed transportation is needed.

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Gasoline Golf Carts work much like little cars, with the exception that the cart uses an “on-demand” engine. The engine starts when you step on the gas pedal and shuts off when you take your foot off the gas. This feature saves gas, cuts down on emissions, and helps keep the golf course quiet. Gasoline golf carts are popular for their ease of use and convenience and are commonly used for transportation on golf courses, as well as for personal use in residential communities or commercial settings. They can be modified with more powerful engines, four-wheel drive, and other features to make them suitable for off-road use.

Electric Golf Carts, on the other hand, are powered by batteries and require charging. It is powered by a rechargeable battery pack and is considered to be more environmentally friendly compared to gasoline-powered golf carts due to its zero emissions. They are often quieter and have fewer maintenance needs than gasoline carts.

Other types of golf carts include:

Diesel Golf Carts are a type of golf cart that uses a diesel engine instead of a gasoline or electric motor. Diesel golf carts are known for their power and durability, making them popular for commercial and industrial use, such as on farms, construction sites, and warehouses. They can tow heavy loads and operate for longer periods on a single tank of fuel compared to gasoline or electric golf carts. However, diesel golf carts tend to be noisier and emit more pollutants than their gasoline or electric counterparts.

Remote Controlled Golf Carts, also known as electric trolleys, are a type of golf cart that can be operated by remote control or manually. They typically have three or four wheels and are powered by a rechargeable battery. Remote-controlled golf carts can be programmed to follow the golfer around the course, carrying their bag of clubs and other equipment, leaving the golfer free to focus on their game. They are especially popular among older golfers or those with physical limitations, as they eliminate the need for carrying a heavy golf bag over long distances.

golf checklistPush Carts, also known as pull carts, are manually pushed or pulled by a golfer to carry their golf bag and clubs around the course. They typically consist of a frame with two or three wheels, a handle for pushing or pulling, and a bag holder. Push carts offer several advantages over carrying a golf bag, including reduced strain on the back and shoulders and the ability to easily move around the course without carrying a heavy load. They are popular among golfers who prefer to walk the course rather than ride in a golf cart.

Pull Carts, also known as “pull carts” or a “trolley,” is a manual cart designed to be pulled by the golfer instead of pushed like a push cart. Unlike push carts, which have a handle that extends forward, pull carts have a handle that extends backward, allowing the golfer to pull the cart behind them. Pull carts typically have two or three wheels and are often collapsible for easy storage and transportation. The main advantage of a pull cart is that it can help reduce fatigue and strain on the golfer’s back, especially when carrying a heavy golf bag. However, some golfers find that pulling a cart can be more difficult to maneuver on uneven terrain compared to pushing a cart.

Maintenance Checklist for Gas Golf Carts

Whether you’re due for scheduled maintenance or dealing with an unexpected issue, this condensed checklist can help in making sure that all essential maintenance is carried out.

Note: These are just general checklists, and specific maintenance requirements may vary depending on the make and model of the golf cart. Always refer to the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule and guidelines for your specific vehicle.

Daily Checklist

1.     Check the fuel level: Make sure there is enough fuel in the tank to operate the cart for the day.

2.     Check the oil level: Make sure the oil level is within the recommended range.

3.     Inspect the air filter: Check the air filter for dirt and debris, and clean or replace it as needed.

4.     Inspect the tires: Inspect the tires for wear and check the air pressure. Inflate or replace them as needed.

5.     Check the brakes: Test the brakes to make sure they are working properly.

6.     Check the steering: Test the steering to make sure it is functioning correctly.

7.     Check all lights and signals: Check that all lights and signals are working correctly.

8.     Inspect the cart for damage: Check for any damage to the body or parts of the cart.

9.     Lubricate moving parts: Lubricate all moving parts, including the throttle and brake cables, with a suitable lubricant.

Weekly Checklist

1.     Check the tire pressure: Make sure the tire pressure is at the recommended level.

2.     Inspect the brakes: Test the brakes to make sure they are functioning properly.

3.     Check the battery water level: Check the water level in the battery cells and add distilled water if needed.

4.     Clean the battery terminals: Use a wire brush to remove any corrosion from the battery terminals.

5.     Inspect the body: Check the cart’s body for any damage or signs of wear and tear.

6.     Clean the cart: Clean the exterior of the cart to remove any dirt or debris.

7.     Test the lights: Test the headlights, taillights, and turn signals to make sure they are working correctly.

8.     Lubricate moving parts: Apply lubricant to moving parts, including the steering column and pedals.

9.     Check for leaks: Inspect the engine and other components for leaks, and repair any leaks promptly.

10.   Charge the battery: If the cart has an electric motor, charge the battery to ensure it is fully charged and ready for use.

Monthly Checklist

1.     Inspect the battery terminals for corrosion and clean if necessary.

2.     Check the fuel filter for debris and replace if needed.

3.     Check the spark plug for wear and replace if necessary.

4.     Inspect the air filter for dirt and debris, and clean or replace it as needed.

5.     Check the oil level and top off if necessary.

6.     Inspect the tires for wear and check the air pressure. Inflate or replace them as needed.

7.     Check the brakes and brake pads for wear and replace if necessary.

8.     Inspect the engine and other components for leaks, and repair any leaks promptly.

9.     Check the steering mechanism for proper operation and adjust if needed.

10.   Lubricate all moving parts, including the throttle and brake cables, with a suitable lubricant.

Six Month Checklist

1.     Change the engine oil and oil filter.

2.     Inspect and replace the air filter if needed.

3.     Check the spark plug and replace it if worn or dirty.

4.     Check the battery terminals for corrosion and clean them if necessary.

5.     Inspect the brake system, including brake pads and rotors, and replace them if needed.

6.     Check the steering and suspension components for wear and replace if necessary.

7.     Inspect the fuel lines for cracks or damage, and replace them if needed.

8.     Check and tighten any loose bolts or screws.

9.     Inspect the tires for wear and check the tire pressure. Inflate or replace as needed.

10.   Test all lights and signals to ensure they are functioning properly.

Yearly Checklist

1.     Check and replace spark plugs, if needed

2.     Inspect and replace the air filter, if needed

3.     Check and replace the fuel filter, if needed

4.     Inspect and replace the drive, starter, and generator belts, if needed

5.     Check and adjust valve clearance on motors that allow it

6.     Inspect the brakes for wear and replace the brake pads and rotors, if needed

7.     Check and adjust the wheel bearings, if needed

8.     Inspect and replace the battery, if needed

9.     Check the charger for proper charging voltage and replace it if needed

10.   Lubricate all moving parts including the throttle and brake cables

11.   Check for leaks and repair any as needed

12.   Inspect and replace the tires, if needed

13.   Wax and polish the exterior to protect the paint and finish

14.   Test drive the golf cart to ensure everything is working properly.

Golf Cart Storage Checklist

Some individuals might need to store their golf cart for a longer period, such as those who live in areas with extreme weather conditions or those who are going on an extended vacation. Proper storage of your golf cart can help maintain its condition and prolong its lifespan. By following the recommended storage tips and manufacturer’s guidelines, you can ensure that your electric golf cart is ready to use when you need it.


The batteries are the most important component of your golf cart. To conserve your golf cart batteries during extended periods of storage, such as winter, following these battery-saving tips can help you conserve the life of your battery.

1.    Disconnect the battery and ensure it is fully charged before storage. Partially charged batteries can cause power output issues in the future.

2.    Clean and neutralize the battery terminals by making a solution of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Scrub the terminals using a wire brush to eliminate corrosion that can lead to discharge.

3.    Check the water level in each individual cell and ensure it is filled to the “fill line” using distilled water only. Avoid overfilling, as this can compromise the battery’s ability to charge later.

4.    Store the battery in a cool, dry area. A climate-controlled storage unit is an ideal place, as cooler temperatures will slow down the discharge rate.

5.    Check the battery periodically by taking a hydrometer reading occasionally. Use a trickle charger to keep the battery topped off and prevent it from losing charge over time.

6.    Consider removing the battery from the golf cart and storing it in a warm place if you live in an extremely cold climate. This will prevent the battery from freezing, which can cause irreparable damage.

Best Practices For Tidying Up Your Golf Cart for Long-Term Storage

1.    Wash your golf cart with warm, soapy water to remove dirt, debris, and bird droppings. Be sure to dry it thoroughly before storing it to prevent moisture damage.

2.    Clean and treat any areas of rust on the body of the golf cart. Sand and paint over any spots that are starting to rust to prevent corrosion from spreading.

3.    Check all cables and connections to make sure they are clean and tight. Tighten any loose connections before storing the cart.

4.    Replace the air filters, oil filters, and spark plugs on gas-powered carts. Ensure that all mechanical parts are clean and working well.

5.    Clean the upholstery and interior surfaces of the golf cart. Use a mild cleaner and soft cloth to remove dirt and grime from the seats and dashboard.

6.    Store the golf cart in a cool, dry area to prevent moisture damage. A climate-controlled storage unit is the best option.

7.    Check the battery periodically and keep it charged using a trickle charger. Fill the battery with distilled water as needed.

8.    Cover the golf cart with a protective cover to keep it clean and prevent dust buildup.

9.    Consider removing the wheels and storing them separately to prevent flat spots from forming on the tires during long-term storage.

10.  Perform regular maintenance checks and cleanings even while in storage to keep your golf cart in top condition for its next use.

13.  Mode Matters: Why Setting Your Golf Cart to “Tow” or “Maintenance” Mode is Important During Storage

14.  Preventing Flat Spots: Consider Using Tire Cradles or Removing the Wheels During Long-Term Storage

Choose the Right Spot for Golf Cart Storage 

Choosing the right spot for golf cart storage is essential to keeping your ride in top condition. The ideal location should be dry, cool, and away from direct sunlight to prevent damage from heat and humidity. Indoor storage, such as a garage or storage unit, is ideal, but if outdoor storage is necessary, a sturdy cover or tarp can help protect the cart from the elements. It’s also important to consider the security of the storage location. Choose a location that’s not easily accessible to potential thieves and vandals. Finally, make sure the storage spot has adequate space to accommodate the size of your golf cart and any additional accessories or equipment that you may want to store alongside it. By taking the time to choose the right storage location, you’ll ensure that your golf cart is safe, secure, and ready to go when you are.

Maintenance Checklist for Electric Golf Carts

To ensure your electric golf cart’s batteries are properly maintained, it is crucial to conduct regular inspections and tests. Neglecting your batteries can result in a host of problems and significantly shorten their lifespan. The two most common types of batteries used in electric golf carts are deep-cycle and lithium-ion. The main difference between golf cart deep cycle batteries and lithium-ion batteries is the technology used to store and release energy.

Deep cycle batteries are typically lead-acid batteries that use a water and sulfuric acid solution to produce an electrical current. They are generally the more economical choice for electric golf carts, but require routine maintenance, such as adding water to the cells, and have a limited lifespan.

Lithium-Ion Batteries are a newer and more advanced type of battery that use cells in which ions move back and forth between the negative and positive electrodes during the charging cycle. When the ions reach the positive electrode, energy is produced. Lithium-ion batteries are free from fluids, so they require less maintenance and monitoring. They also allow for longer periods of use between charges and have a longer overall lifespan than deep-cycle batteries. However, they can be more expensive upfront.

1.     Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding any specific recommendations, charging time, and frequency to ensure optimal performance and longevity of the battery.

2.     Charge the batteries after each use to maintain their charge level.

3.     Charge the batteries in a well-ventilated area to avoid the buildup of potentially dangerous gases.

4.     Check the charger connections for any debris, dirt, or signs of wire fraying that may cause a safety hazard.

5.     Ensure that the lead plates are fully submerged in water to prevent damage or overheating.

6.     Check all vent caps to ensure they are tightly closed to prevent any leaks or spills.

7.     Confirm that the charger connector is securely connected to the receptacle to avoid any disruptions during the charging process.

8.     Always use a charger that is designed for lithium-ion batteries to prevent damage or safety hazards.

9.     Avoid charging the battery to its full capacity every time, as it can lead to a shorter lifespan.

10.   Store the battery in a cool, dry place and avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.

Essential Safety Measures for Maintaining and Charging Your Golf Cart Battery

1.     Wear protective clothing: Always wear gloves and goggles when working on your golf cart battery to protect yourself from acid spills and splashes.

2.     Turn off the golf cart: Before working on your battery, turn off the golf cart and make sure the key is removed from the ignition.

3.     Disconnect the battery: Always disconnect the battery cables before performing any maintenance on your golf cart battery.

4.     Charge in a well-ventilated area: When charging your battery, do so in a well-ventilated area to avoid the buildup of harmful gases.

5.     Follow the charging instructions: Always read the manufacturer’s instructions for your battery charger and follow them closely.

6.     Use the right charger: Only use a charger that is designed for your specific type of battery, whether it’s a deep cycle or lithium-ion battery.

7.     Wrap your tools: Wrap any metal tools in vinyl electrical tape to prevent short circuits and possible explosions.

8.     Clean up acid spills immediately: If you spill battery acid, clean it up immediately with a mixture of baking soda and water.

9.     Store battery acid in a safe place: Always store battery acid in a cool, dry, and secure place, away from children and pets.

10.  Dispose of batteries properly: When disposing of your golf cart battery, follow your local regulations for hazardous waste disposal.

Golf Cart Battery Water Levels

The electricity that powers your golf cart is generated by a combination of electrolytes and water within its battery. As a result, the batteries use up a significant amount of water throughout their lifespan. It is crucial to maintain the correct water level in the battery cells, as having too much or too little water can have adverse effects. Overfilling can cause electrolytes to overflow, while insufficient water can lead to sulfation, resulting in permanent damage to the lead plates. To prevent these issues, we suggest using a battery watering system or watering gun that automatically stops filling once the appropriate water level is reached. When adding water manually, wait until after the batteries have been charged, and ensure that the plates are fully submerged before filling to the recommended level. Avoid using tap water as it can damage the batteries.

Golf Cart Battery Test

To assess the condition of your golf cart’s battery, a useful tool is a hydrometer. This device measures the density of the battery’s electrolyte, indicating the state of charge. A higher gravity reading indicates that the battery has a higher level of charge.

1.     Use a hydrometer: A hydrometer measures the density of the liquid in the battery and can indicate the state of charge. A higher gravity indicates a higher state of charge.

2.     Check voltage: Use a voltmeter to check the voltage of each battery cell. If the voltage is consistently low across all cells, it may be time to replace the battery.

3.     Load test: Use a load tester to check the battery’s ability to perform under a heavy load. This will help you determine if the battery is still capable of providing adequate power.

4.     Look for signs of damage: Check the battery for signs of damage, such as cracks or leaks. Damaged batteries should be replaced immediately.

5.     Check connections: Make sure the connections to the battery terminals are clean and tight. Loose connections can cause problems with battery performance.

Golf Cart Battery Replacement

When it’s time to replace a golf cart battery, it’s recommended to replace all batteries at the same time. If one battery is older than the others, it will reduce the life of the new battery. Older batteries take longer to charge, which may lead to overcharging the new battery, causing damage.

Golf Maintenance Tips

1.     Battery issues: If your golf cart is not starting or is losing power, the battery may be the problem. Check the battery connections, water levels, and overall condition. If the battery is old or damaged, it may need to be replaced.

2.     Check the charger: If you’re having trouble getting your golf cart to charge, check the charger to make sure it’s properly connected and functioning.

3.     Electrical problems: If your golf cart’s lights or other electrical components are not working, check the fuses and wiring. Loose connections or damaged wiring can cause these issues.

4.     Tire problems: If your golf cart is pulling to one side or the steering feels loose, check the tire pressure and condition. Uneven tire pressure or worn tires can cause these problems.

5.     Brake issues: If your golf cart’s brakes are not working properly, check the brake fluid levels and brake pads. Worn pads or low fluid levels can cause brake problems. Worn-out pads or inadequate fluid levels can cause problems. Given that most golf carts can attain speeds of up to 25 mph, conducting regular brake inspections is essential to reduce the risk of injuries, similar to any other vehicle. Make sure to examine the brake fluid, cables, and shoes at least twice a year.

6.     Engine problems: If your golf cart’s engine is not starting or is running poorly, check the fuel and spark plug connections. Dirty air filters, clogged fuel filters, and old spark plugs can also cause engine issues.

7.     Check the fuses: If your golf cart’s electrical system isn’t working properly, check the fuses to see if any have blown. Replace any blown fuses with the appropriate replacement.

8.     Check the wiring: If your golf cart’s electrical system isn’t working properly, check the wiring to make sure all connections are clean and tight and that there are no frayed or damaged wires.

9.     Check the brakes: If your golf cart’s brakes aren’t working properly, check the brake cables to make sure they’re properly adjusted and lubricated. If the cables are worn or damaged, replace them.

10.  Check the tires: If your golf cart is pulling to one side or the other or feels unsteady, check the tires to make sure they’re properly inflated and that the wheels are aligned.

11.  Tire Inflation: Inadequately inflated tires not only require more energy but also decrease the distance that your cart can cover and accelerate tire wear. That’s why it’s crucial to perform regular tire pressure and alignment inspections.

12.  Check the motor: If your golf cart’s motor is making strange noises or isn’t running smoothly, check the motor to make sure it’s properly lubricated and that the brushes aren’t worn or damaged.

13.  Check the steering: If your golf cart’s steering feels loose or unresponsive, check the steering system to make sure all components are properly lubricated and that the tie rods are properly adjusted.

14.  Street Legal Lights & Mirrors: If your golf cart is street legal, it should be equipped with the proper street equipment such as side mirrors and a light package. Be sure to check your brake lights, headlights, and turn signals frequently and that your mirrors are securely fastened. If you find a light isn’t working, check your owner’s manual for the fuse location.

15.  Street Tires: If you possess a street-legal cart, you should guarantee that it has street-legal tires with sufficient tread.


Managing your maintenance tasks and repairs in an efficient manner is crucial to keeping your golf cart in top condition. To achieve this, it’s recommended that you take advantage of a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), a powerful software that can help you streamline and optimize your maintenance program. By using a CMMS, you can easily track and schedule maintenance tasks, monitor the performance of your equipment, and simplify work order management. This results in increased maintenance efficiency reduced downtime and repair costs, and ultimately, a longer lifespan for your golf cart.. If you’re serious about maintaining your golf cart and maximizing its performance, a well-implemented CMMS is an essential component of your maintenance toolkit.

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