While the golf season may be getting ready to wind down for many across the country, it doesn’t mean it’s time to put your favourite pastime out of your mind completely. For those who own golf carts, you’re heading into a busy period where you need to take the right steps to make it winter-ready for storage.
Following these steps and tips will ensure that your golf cart stays in great condition all winter long and is ready for the course as soon as the nice weather returns. Here’s a look at some of the ways you can get your golf cart winter-ready.
How to prepare your golf cart for winter
Where do you plan on storing the golf cart?
The first thing to figure out is where you plan to store your golf cart during winter. You’ll need to pick a location that has enough space but is also dry and warm, so as not to cause issues with the cart. Some people look into a rental storage unit or a garage. The place you store it also needs to be secure in that it has a lock on it. The last thing you want is for your golf cart to be stolen.
Give the cart a good cleaning before storing
Be sure to also give your golf cart a really good clean. Storing it with caked-on mud, dirt, and dust is never wise, but that grime can also work its way into crevices and the important parts of the cart. As for the best way to clean it, a soft damp rag is usually best. You can use gentle, chemical- and colour-free soap mixed with warm water for extra cleaning.
Are the tyres properly inflated?
While you may pay attention to the tire pressure during golf season, just because it is winter doesn’t mean you can ignore them. It’s never advisable to store your cart if the tires are under or over-inflated as you risk damaging the wheels.
There’s also the fact that temperature will affect the air pressure. During the cold harsh months of winter, the tires will constrict. If they don’t have enough air in them to begin with, you can imagine how underinflated they can end up.
Drain the fuel before storing the cart
Next, be sure to drain any fuel from the golf cart before storing it. Again, it comes down to the temperature changes. The fuel can start to solidify during the winter and then lead to some serious and expensive maintenance issues come spring. Some golf carts also have a shut-off valve; if that applies to you, be sure to shut it off.
Now is the time to do repairs and upgrades
Finally, since your golf cart is getting ready to be stored for a couple of months at least, now is the perfect time to do repairs and upgrades. It doesn’t matter if they take a little longer to complete since you won’t be using the cart in winter.
Trying to prioritise which upgrades are worth the money? Wheels, lift kits, seat covers, body kits, storage, a new windshield, and a heater are just some of the popular upgrades that Golf Cart Tire Supply carries, and many of these can be easily installed by you. Just imagine how sweet you can make your ride for the start of the new golf season when you head out onto the course.
Taking simple steps means your golf cart is good to go in spring
These tips may seem like a lot of extra work just to get your golf cart winter-ready, but the fact is that they will keep the cart in excellent working condition so that it’s ready to go for the start of the next golf season.
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