Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What accessories can I add to my golf cart?
There are a wide variety of accessories that C & C Golf Carts Inc. offers to customize your golf cart and these may vary according to your type of use. A list of these custom accessories may include: light kits, rear flip seats, windshields, mirrors, horns, MP-3 and Bluetooth radio systems, stereos, enclosures, lift kits, custom paint and graphics, custom wheels and tires, seat covers, diamond plate & stainless steel, custom dashes, heavy duty springs, custom steering wheels and under body light kits, LED flood & spotlights, seat belts & brackets, golf cart wheel covers, brush guards, bumpers & hitches .
Stop in and check out all of our golf cart accessories and let us professionally install all of your golf cart accessories for you. Call us at 410-838-2505 and we will take care of everything for you!
What factors are used in choosing a 36 volt instead of a 48 volt golf cart?
A 36 volt golf cart is adequate for 2 to 4 passenger use when you are primarily using it on flat a flat surface. The average drive time or range for a 36 volt DC system is about 30 miles on a full charge. The 48 volt golf cart offers many more advantages in all 2, 4 or 6 passenger models. They are designed to be used in hilly areas and they offer extended range about 40-45 miles between charges compared to the 36 volt cart. Finally, the cost of a 36 volt golf cart is on average about $1000.00 less expensive when compared to an equally equipped 48 volt model.
Interested in a new or used golf cart? Contact us at 410-838-2505 or visit our web site at www.candcgolfcart.com and we will make an appointment for your to come check out and test drive our 36 and 48 volt golf carts.
What is the best way to cover my golf cart?
The best way to ensure your cart is covered properly is to purchase one of our high quality nylon storage covers. They feature built in air vents to reduce the risk of mildew. These covers have elastic at the bottom to ensure a good fit and a high quality rear zippers with a securing snap for easy installation and removal.
If your considering the purchase of a quality golf cart cover visit our retail store or give us a call at 410-838-2505 and we will help you determine the type of cover that will fit your golf cart.
What do I need to do before storing my electric golf cart for the winter?
- The first thing you will want to check is your electrolyte levels in the batteries.
- Make sure you have 1/2” of distilled water above the lead plates in your battery cells.
- Charge your batteries fully.
- Place tow run switch in tow position or disconnect main battery cable leads.
- Before using your golf cart in the spring, be sure to fully charge the batteries before using your cart.
Need service? Contact us by phone at our shop, 410-838-2505 and let us professionally get your golf cart ready for the winter!
What is the proper procedure for charging my golf cart batteries?
- Charging your batteries is one of the most important parts of golf cart maintenance. All batteries must be fully charged to maximize capacity and life. Without properly charging, your batteries will not provide the performance or reliability to meet your needs.
- Start by checking the water levels to ensure that they are adequate and are not below the tops of the lead plates. If the levels are low, you need to add enough distilled water so it is just above the surface of the plates, no more. Usually, there is a plastic sleeve in each of the battery filler holes with a vertical slit about 1/8” in wide. Fill the distilled water level to the bottom of the plastic sleeve. This allows for expansion when charging the battery.
- Next, you want to confirm your battery connections are tight to avoid poor connections, which can affect charging. Also ensure the vents are completely installed in the battery to avoid excess water loss. Batteries will give off a “gas” while charging so always assure there is adequate ventilation at the location where you’ll be charging your batteries to avoid gas buildup. Never charge a frozen battery and avoid charging in temperatures over 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Batteries have no memory so it’s important to charge them frequently.
Still need help? Contact us by phone at 410-838-2505 to make an appointment.
Why doesn’t my charger work after storing my cart after an extended time or over the winter?
One of the most Frequently Asked Questions in the early spring phone calls we receive is usually one pertaining to an electric golf cart and the suspected problem of a faulty charger. The calls are very common and are usually something along the lines of not having used the golf cart for some lengthy period of time. The frantic customer states that they came back to dead golf cart and that their battery charger will not work, although it worked perfectly before they put the golf cart away. Now this may come as a surprise but believe it or not the charger is usually not to blame and the overwhelming majority of the time it’s the batteries.
Here is the explanation, in order for the charging process to begin, most automatic golf cart battery chargers have to detect nominal charge. This is a minimal level of charge within the battery pack. In other words, if your batteries have sat unused for a while and are completely discharged the charger can’t detect them and is consequently unable to do its job This is a safety feature that is designed to prevent the risk of an electrical fire, as well as, to prevent a total destruction of your batteries if they fail to take a charge. This can be simply solved with the use of a basic volt-meter or a multi-meter. Here is a simple check you can do confirming a nominal voltage problem. If you are using an 8 volt battery and getting only 4 volts or lower or a 6 volt battery and getting only 3 volts or lower, then you likely have a nominal voltage issue and the charger is not to blame. However, if your meter reading is above that listed above when you test your batteries or they are at their proper levels, then you the problem may very well be a charger problem.
Here are a couple of ways that you can go about addressing the problem.
- Assuming your charger is the typical 12-volt automotive type you purchased from a local retail store and you have a 48-volt system that utilizes four 12-volt batteries all you need to do is simply disconnect the batteries from each other and charge each one individually for about 20-30 minutes or so. From there, your golf cart charger should be able to take over and this is where your multi-meter comes in very handy throughout this process.
- If your golf cart uses 6-volt batteries (in either a 36 or 48-volt system) the process is almost as easy, you would just charge two batteries at a time rather than individually for the 20-30 minutes.
- The problem begins when you are trying to revive a 8-volt battery. This is when things get a bit hairy because you are pumping 12-volts into an 8-volt container which is something that should never be done for more than 15-20 minutes max. If this is something that YOU choose to do, be sure to keep a close eye on the batteries and never leave them unattended. Again, be sure to take all the precautions and contact a professional if you are at all uncomfortable with this process.
- Once your batteries have absorbed a small charge your automatic charger should be able to take over, which is ideal. Today’s chargers use a multi-stage algorithm to efficiently charge your batteries which prolongs their lifespan. Once the charging cycle has finished unplug the cord, let it sit for about 15-20 minutes or so, and then plug it back in again. This is called an ‘equalization charge’ and helps to maintain equal charge levels across all of the batteries.
- Additional information can be found at http://www.trojanbattery.com/tech-support/faq/ or http://www.trojanbattery.com/tech-support/battery-maintenance/