Golf Course Equipment Basics Winter Storage

Golf Course Equipment Basics Winter Storage

Small engine vehicles, like golf carts, lawn mowers and​ trucksters, need the​ same care and​ maintenance as​ a​ car or​ truck. Owners tend to​ forget that putting a​ golf cart or​ mower away for​ the​ winter requires the​ same care as​ if​ you were planning to​ store a​ vehicle for​ an​ extended amount of​ time. Too often carts are stored away in​ some corner of​ the​ garage without much thought given to​ how well they will start up when the​ weather improves. Golf cart owners figure that hiding them away in​ a​ shed or​ garage, clear from the​ winter elements is​ sufficient. Not quite. Even if​ your golf cart or​ mower is​ new, they still require some maintainance. in​ fact, getting them to​ start up trouble-free from season to​ season requires you follow a​ few points of​ due-diligence.

First, gather up the​ equipment you will need to​ properly put your golf cart in​ storage for​ the​ winter. This equipment includes a​ wrench, a​ few bottles of​ distilled water, some cleaning rags, gloves for​ you, goggles for​ your eyes, a​ hydrometer (it measures the​ gravity of​ the​ electrolyte solution) and​ a​ voltmeter (to measure voltage). You may want to​ throw in​ some baking soda and​ vaseline as​ well.

The following are measures you can take to​ ensure your golf cart or​ course mower starts up again as​ spring comes around.

1. Read the​ manufacturer’s maintenance guide
Follow the​ manufacturer’s instructions. Don’t try to​ tinker with the​ small engine if​ you’ve never handled one before. if​ you notice anything unusual, take your golf cart or​ mower to​ the​ nearest dealer for​ an​ inspection. Don’t wait until spring to​ have your small engine checked.

2. Remove the​ battery
Before storing your golf mower or​ cart for​ the​ winter, remove the​ battery and​ disconnect it​ from the​ battery cable. Store your battery in​ a​ safe place, away from heated elements, gas or​ furnace. Wipe it​ clean and​ brush off the​ battery terminal with a​ metal brush. Check for​ any cracks or​ borken elements. if​ the​ manufacturer recommends special cleaning solutions for​ your battery, give it​ a​ good cleaning before putting it​ away. if​ there are no spcial instructions, distilled water should do the​ trick. Avoid using corrosive cleaning chemicals. Most golf cart or​ mower problems are due to​ poorly maintained batteries.

3. Store in​ a​ safe, covered location
Store your golf cart or​ mower away from heaters, furnaces and​ gas containers. Also ensure that it​ is​ not place near any open windows where water damage may occur.

4. Put it​ away clean
Clean your cart or​ mower before storing it. Wash off any leaves, grass, residual soil, dried or​ wet mud, and​ moisture pockets from both the​ main exterior and​ underneath. Wipe off grass and​ dirt from around the​ blade using a​ long-handled brush - Do not use your bare hands! When you clean your mower, unplug the​ spark plug lead wire, wind it​ up gently and​ tape it​ together.

5. Remove remaining fuel
You should finish off any fuel that is​ remaining in​ your tank (if it​ uses fuel) or​ add a​ fuel preserver before storage. Read the​ instructions for​ the​ fuel preserver carefully before using. After adding it​ plug your mower or​ cart and​ let the​ engine run for​ a​ few minutes. This should give the​ fuel preserver enough time to​ go through the​ carburetor. One good thing about fuel preservers (also called stabilizers) is​ that they keep the​ fuel fresh in​ the​ engine for​ as​ long as​ half a​ year. You can now turn off the​ engine.

Follow these simple steps for​ storage and​ your golf cart or​ mower will start up in​ a​ snap.

~ Ben Anton, 2018

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