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General Questions:

What year is my Golf Cart?

Should I buy a gas or electric golf cart?
What is a Street Legal Cart and how can I make my golf cart street legal?
How do I know if I have a 36 or 48 volt electric golf cart?
Are some golf cart batteries better than others?
Where can I get a Wiring Diagram to replace my batteries?
Will you accept Trade-In's on one of your stock or custom carts?

 
Cart Rental Questions:

What type of carts do you rent?
How long of a term are your cart rentals?
How much does it cost to rent a golf cart?
Can I reserve a golf cart/s for a specific date?
What are my responsibilities when I rent a cart from WCCP?
What will I need to do if I want to rent a cart from WCCP?


Part/Accessories and Service Questions:

Do you sell parts and accessories for all brands of carts?
I want my cart customized or repaired. Who can I call for work on my cart?
What size wheels and tires can I put on my cart?
How should I maintain my electric cart and batteries?
How do I connect the batteries on my electric golf cart?
What maintenance is required for my gas golf cart?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Year is my golf cart

EZGO Medalist and TXT models (1994 to present)

The serial number and manufacturer's number for these EZGO golf cart models can be found on a plate located in the glove box on the passenger's side of the vehicle, or above the engine/batteries area on the frame. The serial number is either six or seven numbers and does not indicate the model year. The manufacturer's number does reflect the model year. This will have one letter and three or four numbers which will include two numbers indicating the last two digits are the year it was manufactured.

Marathon (1976-1994)

The serial number and manufacturer's number for these EZGO golf cart models can be found on a plate located under the glove box on the passenger's side of the vehicle. The serial number is either six or seven numbers and does not indicate the model year. The manufacturer's number does reflect the model year. This series will have one letter and three or four numbers which will include two numbers indicating last two digits are the year it was manufactured.

The order of these numbers and one letter have changed several times over the years, but you should be able to figure it out. If not, e-mail us.

EZGO Golf Carts (prior to 1976)

On EZGO golf carts prior to 1976, you can find the serial number plate on the fender skirt under the driver's side seat. There is no simple formula for vehicles manufactured before 1976. You must e-mail us with all these numbers so we can help determine what model year you have. Please include all the numbers that you find on the plate.

Club Car Precedent

Starting 2003 and newer the have positioned their serial numbers in glove box on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. The first two numbers (not letters) indicate the last two digits of the year of manufacture.

Club Car DS

Since 1981 have positioned their serial numbers just under the glove box on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. The first two numbers (not letters) indicate the last two digits of the year of manufacture.

*NOTE* If your golf cart was made in the year 2000 then you need let us know which style of back seat that you have. This is needed to ensure that you will receive the proper parts for your Club Car.

Club Car DS 2000.5-present Models have a connected (one piece) seat back, also have black top supports, and thicker top with handles on each side of the of the top.

Club Car DS 1982-2000.5 Models have (two) distinct split seat backs, also silver aluminum top supports, and have a thin top.

Club Car Golf Carts prior to 1981, you can find the serial number by raising the seat and locating the aluminum, I-beam frame section closest to the batteries on the driver's side of the car. If the serial number plate has been removed, you can confirm it is a 1975-1980 model if it has two brake pedals and one accelerator pedal.

G1

Yamaha Model G1 golf cart serial numbers can be found under the rear bumper stamped into the square cross member of the frame.

G2

Early Yamaha Golf Carts with Model G2 serial numbers can be found under the rear bumper stamped into the square cross member of the frame on the passenger's side of the vehicle. From 1988 through 1990 the G2 serial number can be found under the seat where the floorboard meets the engine compartment.

G9

Yamaha Model G9 golf cart serial numbers can be found under the seat where the floorboard meets the engine compartment.

G14/G16/G19/G20/G22

These serial numbers can be found running vertically just under the glove box on the far left of the driver's side of the vehicle.

The first three digits of a Yamaha serial number will determine the model (not the year) this information is all you need to order parts and accessories. Use the chart below to determine the model of your golf car.

JU2=G22 ELECTRICJU0=G22 GASJR1=G19 ELECTRICJR8=G20 and G21 GASJN8=G16 ELECTRICJN6=G16 GASJN4=G14 ELECTRICJN3=G14 GASJG6 AND JH7=G9 ELECTRICJR3 AND JJ3=G11 GASJF3=G8 ELECTRICJG5=G9 GASJ51=G5 ELECTRICJF2=G8 GASJ46=G3 ELECTRICJ50=G5 GASJ56, JE2, J41=G2 ELECTRICJ42=G3 GASJ36, J26, J14=G1 ELECTRICJ55, JA2, J38, J31, J24, J17, J10=G1 GAS

 

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Should I buy a gas or electric golf cart?

This is probably the most often asked question in the business!

* Gasoline powered golf cars are powered by traditional small gasoline engines with an oversized electric starter designed for frequent starting.

* Electric golf carts are powered by an DC electric motor, supplied by 4, 6 or 8 (dependent on the cart voltage) deep cycle batteries, and are normally sold with a special charger designed for the cart.

Both have advantages and disadvantages. Before looking at the pros and cons, here are a few automatic selection factors:

1. If your use of the cart requires continuous operation for over 4 hours, no stopping, then you need a gasoline powered car. Electric carts are designed for 72 holes of golf between charging. 72 holes of golf is about 24 miles, with starting and stopping.

2. If you plan to use the cart indoors extensively, then you need an electric car. There is no effective way to eliminate the exhaust fumes from a gas powered car.

3. If there is a need for no noise, then choose an electric cart. Gas carts are not very noisy, but electric carts make no noise.

 

GAS CART ADVANTAGES

* Range before filling fuel tank: Up to 300 miles. (Differs significantly by make)

* Avoid periodic cost of battery replacement. ($450-$600)

* Familiar maintenance, similar to other small engines

* Usually performs better in very hilly environments

* Holds value better than electric

 

GAS CART DISADVANTAGES

* Requires annual tune-ups/maintenance

* More expensive to buy used

* Noisier than an electric car

* Difficult to drive very slowly

* Requires manual choking in cold weather

* Produces some exhaust gas pollutants

 

ELECTRIC CART ADVANTAGES

* No gas to purchase on a regular basis

* About $0.75 for a full charge.

* 1-2 cents per mile operating cost.

* Silent running

* Can be operated smoothly at any speed

* Runs normally when cold

* Doesn't require annual "tune up"

* No exhaust pollution

* Costs less to buy used than gas carts

 

ELECTRIC CAR DISADVANTAGES

* Requires regular checking and maintenance of battery water

* Requires regular cleaning of corrosion of battery terminals

* Limited range between recharging: about 20-30 miles

* Periodically requires purchase of new batteries (6-7 years)

* May not perform well in steep hilly conditions
 
 
 
 
 
How should I maintain my electric cart and batteries?
 
Electric Golf Cart Maintenance

Maintaining a maintenance schedule is important in keeping your cart in proper working condition.

1. If your cart has the precision drive system be sure to flip the switch to tow-maintenance before doing maintenance to your golf cart.
2. You should check batteries monthly or every two weeks depending on usage.
3. Always keep the cart clean. Dirt and dust can have a negative effect on the carts performance and overall life span.
4. Keep the undercarriage and battery compartment clean of any debris.
5. Keep the batteries clean on the outside is also important. Mix up a baking soda & water solution and clean off theoutside of the batteries. Just make sure not to get any into the batteries.
6. The battery post connections must to be tight and free of corrosion. After removing any corrosion use terminal spray protector.The electrolyte water levels in your batteries is vital to getting the maximum use from them. When you check the batteries, the electrolyte level should be 1/8" above the leaded plates. If the electrolyte level is low, the batteries can be filled with distilled water as needed. Be careful not to overfill the batteries. Never let batteries run dry.
7, Never run the batteries totally dead. The charger needs at least 34 volts on 36 volt golf carts, to begin charging.
8. Check tires. Tire pressure should be 15-20lbs. Check you tires for specific tire pressure.
9. Once a year the carts front end will need to greased. Lubricate all moving parts and wear points with a dry lubricant.

 

Q: Should I run my batteries until they are empty or should I charge them after every use?
A: Golf car batteries operate to their fullest ability when they are charged after every use. Running batteries down low shortens the life span of the battery and also puts strain on the electrical components of the drive train. Not having enough power to turn the motor over makes the motor, controller, FNR switch, and solenoid work harder.

Q: Who cares if my batteries are dirty – no one sees them but me…
A: Batteries in your golf cart are connected in a series, one to another, by cables. In order to get the best performance from your cart (that is, all 36- or 48-volts) you need to have good connections across each battery.
Anytime you have dirt, grass or residual battery acid on your batteries, you have the potential for these to collect in areas where cables need to have good contact with terminals. That’s bad. On the other hand, dirt and corrosion could also provide a path for current to flow, thereby allowing the batteries to self discharge. Either way, it’s not good.
Wash your battery tops every week or so (more frequently if needed). Corrosion damage caused by poor maintenance is a major factor in cart failure. A little water under the seat won’t hurt other components of your cart, but don’t shoot water straight at electrical components. And be sure all battery caps are on tightly.
Speaking of battery connections…
Batteries are connected by 6 gauge wire with 5/16 terminals that hook onto the battery posts. Each negative connects to a positive. Cables should be kept intact and tightly connected to the battery posts at all times. Torque to 70 in-lbs initially and re-torque as needed to 65 in-lbs. If you have any room for vibration on the battery terminal at all, you can melt the post and render the battery useless, kaput, history.

Q: How long will it take to fully charge my golf car?
A: Golf cars usually take anywhere from 2-8 hours to charge depending on how long it was used for and what kind of load you had on the car. If you use your factory specified charger, you can't over charge your batteries. Your charger will kick off after a full charge then revert to a trickle charge mode.

Q: Does the battery pack perform differently over time?
A: Yes. As your batteries age, they will require water more often and longer charging times. They may also have a higher finish rate (amperage at the end of the charge cycle). Capacity also decreases over time. To extend the life of your batteries, be sure to keep them free of debris, keep the acid at the appropriate level, charge your cart as needed and do not stress the system by running your cart on low charge.

Q: I only had one bad battery so I replaced it. My cart ran fine for a while but now it won’t hold a charge again.
A: When batteries are connected in a series as they are with golf carts, you will need to replace an entire set rather than single batteries. Each battery within the pack needs to be of approximately the same age, size and usage level. Do not put a new battery in a pack that has over 50 charge cycles on it. Instead replace with all new or with a good used battery of approximately the same age.
In these cases what happens is that the weak battery (or batteries) will draw down the power from the others in order to equalize the power across the pack. This is especially evident in carts that have accessories connected to a battery or two.

Q: My car is running slow and/or hard to turn, I have newer batteries though, what is the problem?
A: You might want to check your tire pressure. Tire pressure affects the performance of your car a lot. You want it to be anywhere from 20-22 on a golf car and 10-15 on a lifted car. Another way to find out is to check what the recommended PSI is on the tire itself.

Q: What is that switch for underneath my seat?
A: On both an E-Z-GO and Club Car it is the Tow/Run switch. This switch is only on PDS or IQ system cars. The speed on these cars is controlled by a speed sensor that is connected to the motor, if something goes wrong with the car, you move the switch from run to tow and tow the vehicle at a very low speed. Not putting it from run to tow and towing it can cause substantial damage and is a very costly fix.

Q: What is the overall life of my golf car?
A: 20 years or longer depending on how the cart is taken care of.

Q: What voltage is my battery?
A: Count the number of water holes 3 holes = 6 volts 4 holes = 8 volts 6 holes = 12 volts.

Q: I charge my batteries till my charger shuts off but it lacks power and doesn't go far. What's going on?
A: Your batteries have gone bad.

Q: What is the proper way to hook up 12 volt accessories?
A: You need a converter from 48 or 36-volt to 12-volt. That way it draws power off of all the batteries equally or eventually your golf cart will not run right since one or two batteries will be dead. None of them will charge properly until those batteries are individually charged to match the others.

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How do connect the batteries on my electric golf cart?

The positive (+) connection of battery #1 to the positive on your cart. The negative (-) connection of battery #1 to the positive (+) of battery #2 and so on for all batteries. You should end up with a negative cable on battery #6 or #4  depending on whether your cart is a 36 Volt or 48 Volt system, to the carts negative connection.
 
 
 
 What maintenance is required for my gas golf cart?
 

GasGolf Cart Maintenance

Maintaining a maintenance schedule is important in keeping your cart in proper working condition.

1. Keep your cart clean by regular exterior washing. Avoid water directly on the engine.  Use an air compressor and blow gun to remove dust and dirt
2. Once a year, change the spark plugs, air filter, oil filter, fuel filter, changing oil (premium grade), grease front end & adjust valves. Even if your cart sits up it should be serviced due to moisture build up, in the motor.
3. Lubricate all moving parts and wear points with a dry lubracant.
4. Check belts for wear, drive and starter generator belts.
5. Check battery for corrosion. Remove corrosion and spray with battery terminal protector.
6. Tire pressure should be at 15-20 lbs. Check you tires for specific tire pressure.
7. Be careful not to over choke golf cart, as this will foul the plugs. If cart does not run after normal choke procedure, stop and call for service.
8. Crank time is 3- seconds, trying to crank beyond this period could damage the starter generator.
9. Use a container free of contaminates when refilling your gas tank. Dirt & water can damage your engine. Unleaded fuel only.

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What is a Street Legal Cart and how can I make my golf cart street legal?

Q: Street legal golf carts have such low speed ranges. Why?
A: Street legal golf carts have a low speed ranges in order to reduce the risk of injury when operating them around full-size vehicles. While they do have the added safety benefits when compared to your traditional golf carts, they're still not anything like the safety of full-size cars that can go high speeds. For that reason, street legal golf carts can only be driven on roads that have a speed limit of less than 35mph. If you're thinking that's not many areas in your area, think again, 35mph is one of the most common speed limits.

Q: Are street legal golf carts a better investment?
A: If you're only going to be taking short trips on roads that have less than 35mph, a street legal golf cart will be a much better investment for you. If you're trying to reduce your carbon footprint, electric street legal golf carts also don't release toxic emissions in the air.

Q: What exactly is a street legal golf cart?
A: A street legal golf cart is exactly like it sounds like: a 4 or 6-wheel golf cart that has maximum speed of 25mph and is street legal on roads that are marked with a speed limit of 35mph or lower.

Q: What's the difference between street legal golf carts and regular golf carts?
A: Other than a few technical difference, the street legal golf carts we have for sale are shaped similarly and operate just like your regular golf carts, expect they come equipped with safety and required features such as, head lights, tail lights, brake lights, turn signals, hazard lights, horn, windshield. Some municipalities also require side reflectors and ODOT approved tires.

Q: Are street legal golf carts the same thing as neighborhood electric vehicles?
A: In a nutshell, the street legal golf carts we have for sale are not the same thing as neighborhood electric vehicles or low speed vehicles. Street legal golf carts are not federally mandated to meet the requirements under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (MVSA). While they are considered "low speed" and some street legal golf carts are electric, they are on an entirely different classification system than low speed and neighborhood electric vehicles.

Q: If I were thinking about buying one of your street legal golf carts for sale, what's the biggest advantage?
A: If you're looking to reduce your carbon footprint, you may see the biggest advantage is that electric street legal golf carts don't release harmful toxins into the air. Or, maybe you need to save some money on gas but need something more powerful than just a bicycle. In that regard, electric street legal golf carts help you save money because 1) they don't use any fuel and 2) the cost about 1-2 cents per mile to operate. After the initial purchase price, the street legal golf carts that we have for sale will pay for themselves multiple times over.

Q: Do street legal golf carts require drivers' licenses?
A: Yes, you do need a valid driver's license to operate a street legal golf cart, even if it's just around your neighborhood roads. This is because you're out on public roads with other full-size vehicles, so you're required to obey by the same laws that they do.

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How do I know if I have a 36 volt or 48 volt cart?

Golf car batteries come in three different voltages, 6, 8 and 12. Six 6 volt batteries will give you a 36 Volt operating system. Six 8 volt batteries will get you a 48 volt operating system and four 12 Volt batteries will give you a 48 Volt operating system. If you do not know the voltage - look at your batteries. There are 2 volts per water fill hole. These are special deep cycle batteries designed for golf cars. Use the batteries recommended for your golf car. I know what is going through your mind; I'll get 3 - 12 volt batteries from ABC Auto supply for my 36 Volt car and save some money. Don't try and reinvent the wheel here, it will not work. You will get frustrated, say a lot of things you did not mean (most people will be amazed at the range of your vocabulary) and spend a lot of money that was not necessary. Check the FAQ Link on electric cart maintenance on this site. It's important you do this one right.

Electric golf cars have made tremendous advances in the last decade. Computers now run them, they have about 50 moving parts, very little down time and a pleasure to drive. One manufacture, Club Car, has cart models called IQ models. These carts are capable of going 19 mph straight from the factory, whereas most golf cars run about 12-15 mph.

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Are some golf cart batteries better than others?

A 48 volt cart will run twice as long as a 36 volt on a charge. That equates to longer run time and less time being charged. Golf carts have deep cycle batteries so they require an overnight charge. Keep this in mind after a long day of driving, it will have to sit and get charged, as with a gas cart - it keeps going until the gas tank is empty. On a new set of batteries you should average about 20-25 miles to a charge. If you use your cart every day, figure in the charging cost of approx.
$10-15 a month.

Now let's look at when you will need batteries. This is a science here and this is one aspect of the old adage - "YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR". The whole science behind a deep cycle battery is the lead in it. The more lead, the more charging capability, the more run time. Cheaper batteries like the Sam's club battery (cheapest on the market at this writing) have less lead than the Cadillac of batteries- such as Interstate, Exide, Crown or Trojan batteries. A Sam's Club Battery can weigh almost 15 pounds lighter than a good deep cycle battery. This equates to less run time and less power to all the electrical components. This means that the cheaper batteries put more of a strain on the electrical components and they wear out faster. But more important - they will only last between 1-3 years and the medium is usually 2 years. Where as a Premium Deep Cycle Battery will last between 7-9 years. Next do the math - a cheap battery set will run you approximately $320, a set of Trojan Batteries - $750 a set. I'll show you an example of a Trojan Battery and Club Car (longest lasting because of the aluminum frame). Let's use the 30 year average life. You will need to buy 3.3 sets of Trojan Batteries @ 750/set=$2475.00. The Sam's Club Battery you would need to buy 15 sets @320/set=$4800. Let's factor in also - these batteries weight between 48-63 pounds each and this job is not fun to do since it is a back breaker! To equal a set of Trojan batteries at $750, you would have to buy 4 sets of Sam's Club batteries at $1280. Crown Batteries have the identical specs as a Trojan and are poised to take over the Leadership as the longest lasting. Any other batteries are branded under one of these major manufacturers' name. All the major manufacturers offer a 1 year guarantee that is pro-rated. The older the battery the less they pay on a warranty claim. The warranty does not cover improper maintenance so make sure you check them and put in distilled water every 2-3 weeks. Running a battery dry and having the plates show can shorten the life by half!

Too many people are under the assumption that there is no maintenance with an electric-FALSE!! You will still have to grease the front end, check the rear end bi-annually or yearly and every 2-3 weeks check the batteries and water if needed. Also tighten and clean the electric posts and cables, keep them free from corrosion or your cables will get weak and break and the cart won't run! The chargers will also have to be repaired occasionally as they have wear out parts also.

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Where I get a Wiring Diagram to replace my batteries?

Click Here .... for Battery Wiring Diagram