The time has come to replace the batteries in your golf cart. So here is a basic step-by-step “How To” article for the guy that wants to save a few bucks and knock the job out at home. This is a very straight forward job for anyone that knows their way around a tool box. So if you are a seasoned DIY kinda guy, no worries. You will be having beers with your buddies or out on the lake fishing before you know it.You will need a few basic tools to replace golf cart batteries. Like..
a ratchet and socket set, or specifically a 1/2 and 9/16 socket or open ended wrench
battery carrying straps
long handled scrub brush
easy access to water and a water hose
a good quality corrosion block product or two
and a few rags to get the job done
And of course a good quality golf cart battery. In this case we are going to use the Trojan T875 Golf cart battery. Trojan has been manufacturing golf cart batteries for decades so they know what they are doing. The products they make are hands down some of the best in the business.We are replacing the batteries in this cart because they are a little over three years old and looks like one battery was already replaced. This creates a mixed match of batteries and brands… It does not have a label so we cannot even determine the Ah rating or brand. But it already is showing signs of ballooning and when load tested it doesn’t perform very well. Not to mention our battery charger no longer wants to cut off.All new style golf cart battery chargers charge the batteries through the on board computer so they know how much amperage to apply to the battery bank and for how long. Currently this golf cart has a Lester Electrical 48 volt 13 amp Links Series golf cart charger hard wired into the rear cargo area. Currently we are offering a blow out sale on it at $288 – Free shipping!!! Learn More about Golf Cart Chargers.Stay tuned to the BatteryPete Blog because we will be doing another article on this cool custom club car golf cart as we swap chargers because the Lester Links Series just is not designed to be used as an OnBoard Charger. It is taking up 25% of the cargo space under the rear seat. We will be installing the New 912-4800 48 volt 13 amp Delta Q QuiQ golf cart battery charger which is designed for onboard use. So we will be able to mount it out of sight and reclaim our much needed cargo space.
Step One Take Pictures!!!
Even a seasoned guy like me with hundreds of installs under my belt. Whenever I replace golf cart batteries or any multi-battery bank system like in a boat or Rv I take pictures first. It is so easy to forget where “that wire” went if you get side tracked on anything for 5 minutes or an hour once you start this job. Everyone on the planet walks around with a camera in their hand these days – use it! You will thank me later – because I bet at least 75% of you guys will go back and look at them to reference something in the install.
Step 2 – Disconnect Batteries
Disconnect, clean, and inspect each battery cable as you remove to make sure they are still in good shape. No corrosion or breaks in the jumper that could cause issues and sacrifice performance of your golf cart. Lay them out if possible the same way they sat and attached to the top of the corresponding batteries. (easy to figure out what went where during the installation.) Next you will use your handy battery straps and remove the batteries. As you pull out it is wise to set down in the same orientation they were in the golf cart so you can look at a glance when you grab the new ones to install correctly. Golf cart batteries are heavy – so the less you have to handle them the better.
Step 3 – Clean Battery Hold
Once all the batteries have been removed you will want to push the cart outside somewhere you can access a water hose. Spray down the entire battery hold and get out that long handled scrub brush to help remove any corrosion or dirt and grime from the frame rails. After you have done that take a five minute break while it dries out (We use air pressure at the shop to kinda blow dry the area to speed up the process.) Once dry you will apply some type of corrosion block or preventative. The best on the market for any alloy is called exactly that “Corrosion Block”. It comes in a tail narrow aerosol can that is blue, silver and white in color. After you thoroughly apply to the frame rails that come in contact with the golf cart batteries you are ready to install the new batteries.
Step 4 – Install
Place the new golf cart batteries in their respective slots or place. Hook up all the jumper wires (battery cables) that connect all the batteries to create the 48 volt operating system. After you have done so check all functionality of your cart (forward, reverse, lights, stereo, etc…) to make sure all is working properly. After a quick spin around the shop you can feel the the power of the new batteries in your seat and see the lights are shining bright. Alright!!!!!!!!!! Almost Done….If all is working properly then you will want to apply a slightly different type of corrosion preventative to all the terminal connections. We use a product from Quick that works great. Quick Cable Corrosion Preventative. It comes in an aerosol can as well so no messy brush or goop to apply, just aim and spray. Not only does it work great but it looks good as well because it dries clear. (It sprays on white so you can see the area covered but dries clear)
Save Time and Money with a Battery Watering System From BWT
An On-Board Battery Watering System is specifically designed for use in any application that has multiple lead acid batteries. They are very popular in golf carts. Though the Battery Watering system is not limited to just golf carts. Any golf cart style battery ( Traditional Lead Acid Batteries) also found in boats and RVs, Solar systems, electric floor sweepers and floor scrubbers and even pallet jacks. Based on the same technology as our industrial line of battery watering systems and valves this system is compatible with most battery brands. Crown, Deka, Trojan, US Battery to name the big ones… The Pro-Fill on-board battery watering system works by replacing the battery’s existing vent caps with valves that are interconnected with tubing, allowing the user to fill all cells of the battery from a single remote location. Snap on/snap off water connections turn the often ignored task of watering batteries into a quick, simple task taking 30 seconds or less! Each valve independently shuts off water flow to the cell when the proper electrolyte level is reached, allowing the batteries to be filled perfectly every time without having to look at the batteries. Learn more about the advantages of installing a watering system on your mulit-bank battery system today.After installing your system you will realize other cost benefits including extended battery life; increased performance. Being able to fill your batteries without removing the cell caps will allow you to avoid things like battery acid burns, ruined clothing, and breathing noxious fumes. You can finally relax and rest assured with properly watered batteries the battery lasts longer and performs better. The average person does not even know they need to check or fill there golf cart batteries with water til it is to late and they need to buy new batteries. Once they do know they still don’t really know how to do it or how much water should be added and when to do it. You can learn more about proper battery maintenance here. One of the biggest problems is overfilling a battery. This results in loss of acid or technically speaking changes the specific gravity of the electrolyte(acid) in the battery and once this occurs you can damage the battery plates when charging. either way it equals loss of capacity and life expectancy.Learn More about Battery Watering Technologies and the products they offer now. Or maybe you are interested in the line of Pro-Fill Battery Watering Systems from the guys at Flow-Rite.
Which Battery Valve Do I Need For My Battery Watering System
We get phone calls all the time asking “Which Size Battery Valve Do I Need For My New Golf Cart Battery Watering System?” So you will find below a few charts from Battery Watering Technologies covering the basic battery manufactures that offer Golf Cart Batteries. As you will notice most 6 volt and 8 volt golf cart batteries are using the longer arm (1.73″) VB-TBB valve. Only in a select few 6 volt or 8 volt batteries will you find they require a shorter arm length (1.46″) . Usually the VB-TBY valve is found in the 12 volt golf cart batteries. This is because the shorter valve is required in most 12 volt batteries due to the fact the lead plates take up more space within the battery case and come up closer to the top of the battery and individual cells. These valves sit in each cell and floats attached to the arms move it up and down depending on the water level internally to determine electrolyte levels. If the valve arm is bottomed out on the lead plates it will always give a false reading that the batteries have enough water in each cell even though they could be totally empty or only half full. You will find below a list of the possible batteries you are currently using in your golf cart. Note – If you intend to replace your golf cart batteries in the near future either wait til you replace to purchase and install this system, be sure to replace the batteries with the same make and model so your battery watering system will still fit properly on the new batteries or do some research and go with a quality battery that will give you years of trouble free use and are readily available so when you do replace years down the road you are going to be able to find the brand, model and size you need. Brands like Crown, Deka, Trojan or US Battery to name a few. Learn more about battery watering systems.You can always feel free to reach out to us at (772) 444-2280 or (954) 675-4068 should you still have any questions about ordering the correct battery watering system for your golf cart or other applications. The BatteryPete Team is always here to help and standing by to assist you. Or you can drop us a line on our contact us page. (We will get back to you within 24 hrs)
Bad Boy Buggy, Fairplay or Tomberlin Golf Cart Battery Charger
If you have been searching for a new golf cart battery charger for your Bad Boy Buggy, Fairplay or Tomberlin Golf Cart look no further. BatteryPete has it! Buy now! This 48 volt Fairplay golf cart battery charger with the correct OEM crowsfoot connector is manufactured by Lester Electrical. The world renowned manufacture of golf cart battery chargers. Lester Electrical has been manufacturing golf cart battery chargers for decades and all of these golf cart chargers come with a industry best 2 year limited warranty. All of Lester Electrical Golf cart battery chargers are manufactured in the United States of America. This charger features the new LED indicator design to keep you informed of the current charge status at a glance. The all new Links Series golf cart battery charger is designed with the golf cart owner in mind. Plug-n-play technology… plug it in and forget about it. Whether you are going to bed, leaving for the week or the summer. The advanced storage mode will allow you to keep the batteries in your golf cart fully charged while on vacation or away for the season. The new links series smart chargers communicate directly with your golf cart battery system thru the crowsfoot connector. Fully automatic – once the charger has replenished your golf cart batteries it will automatically stop charging and go into a float state which is like standby mode until the charge senses the need to apply amperage to maintain full charge status. This 48 Volt Tomberlin Golf Cart Battery Charger will give you years and years of trouble free use. These chargers are the best in the industry and will charge the battery system in your golf cart effectively and efficiently everytime. You can purchase your new Lester Electrical Golf Cart Battery Charger now by following this link. Buy now! If you would like to learn more about the all new links series line of battery chargers from Lester Electrical continue reading here. BatteryPete offers the complete line of Lester Electrical Golf Cart Chargers. Pete also offers many other products and chargers for any golf cart on the market. When you are looking for batteries, battery chargers, cables or connectors think BatteryPete.com and probably have what you need and sell it for LESS! They also offer aftermarket parts and accessories for your golf cart. Some parts are in stock and ship within 24 hrs while others might be special order regardless they have great products and great pricing from all the name brands you already know and trust. If you are looking to purchase a new or used Bad Boy Buggy, Fairplay or Tomberlin golf cart visit this site www.BatteriesPlusCars.com They are starting to offer a wide range of new and used golf carts as well. Late model carts like Ezgo or Club Car or crazy custom carts that look like Hummers or Hot Rods. They will even build a custom cart for you. Just call them up and tell them what you are thinking, a very talented bunch of guys that know their stuff.