CaddieShack Golf Cart Sales and Repair LLC CaddieShack Golf Cart Sales and Repair LLC
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Golf carts are a lot like automobiles, they break without regular servicing. We often see customers that could have prevented expensive repair bills by simply keeping up with periodic maintenance requirements.

Refer to your cart owner’s manual for the type of maintenance it requires and the recommended service interval.

Here are the top 3 “Cart Killers” we’ve seen in our repair shop:

Culprit 1: Neglected Batteries (electric carts)

Golf cart batteries are expensive! Make sure you maximize your investment by following these maintenance tips.

  1. Regularly add distilled water to your battery cells in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendation. NEVER use tap water, it contains minerals that can ruin your cells.
    Allowing battery cells to go dry is our #1 Cart Killer.
  2. Keep your battery compartment clean and the terminals free of corrosion and debris. Use a good battery terminal protection spray to minimize corrosion.
  3. Charge batteries after heavy use, do not allow them to sit for long periods of time in a discharged state (do not overcharge). Use only the manufacturer approved charger.

New set of batteries and cables, parts and installation: $700.00 to $900.00
Mobile service call to fill and clean batteries at your home: $50.00 to $75.00
(depends on your location)

Culprit 2: No Annual Tune-up (gas carts)

Most gas carts require a tune-up at least annually, which includes new air / oil / fuel filters, oil change and spark plug (at minimum). This is also a good time to check your belts for excessive wear.
Running your cart for extended periods of time without a tune-up will degrade your cart performance and eventually ruin your motor.

Motor rebuild (or replacement), parts and labor: $900.00-$1500.00
(depends on cart model, may be more for some models)

Mobile service call to tune-up cart at your home: $100.00 to $125.00
(depends on cart model, may be cheaper for some models)

Culprit 3: Ground-up/Bound-up Differential Gears

Both gas and electric carts have a rear differential gear box that drives the rear end.
If you have a 4 x 4 cart, there is a front differential gear box too.
Most cart manufacturers recommend the oil be changed and topped-off at least once year.
If the gear box leaks, you need a new gasket as well.
If you run your cart without oil in the gear box, it will eventually ruin your rear end.

New differential gear box assembly, parts and installation: $500.00 to $1500.00
(depends on cart model, may be more for some models)
Annual rear differential service (in shop only): $70.00