Most modern automatic golf car chargers are turned on (activated) by the DC battery power instead of the AC wall power.
If the golf car has sat unattended for about 3 weeks or longer (or if there is a bad battery or corroded cable) the charger may not turn on when you plug it into the golf car.
Try plugging it in again. Check for loose or corroded cables. Check AC wall outlet or breaker to be sure that a breaker has not tripped in your home panel.
If the charger still will not turn on, it is necessary to get enough charge in the batteries to activate the charger. Charge the batteries individually with a 6V / 12V automotive charger, or Pohle NV Center will loan an old style 36V or 48V charger with timer. (it will activate from AC wall power instead of the DC battery power)
Fill to 1/4" below bottom of split ring (1 1/2" below top). Water should be added AFTER CHARGING. Filling before charging can cause the battery electrolyte to bubble over during charging. If plates are exposed, however, add enough water to cover the plates by 1/8" before charging.
As a guide, water should be checked every other month first year, every month second year, every three weeks thereafter, Batteries use more water as they get older
Distilled or treated water is best for filling batteries. Best if water contains less than 200 T.D.S (total dissolved solids…parts per million)
Pohle NV Center has available a single point battery filling system which makes the process of filling easier. (approx. $200)
A full 3 1/2 minute video on battery filling and maintenance here from US Battery:
Many 36V E-Z-GO golf cars have a vertical meter located to the right of the FNR toggle switch. This meter has 10 LED slots that light up RED one at a time. As the car discharges the reds light moves from F(full) towards E (empty)
When the car is 70% discharged the second light from the bottom starts flashing
When the car is 80% discharged the light at the bottom and second from the bottom alternate flashing
DURING RE-CHARGE THE LIGHTS DO NOT STEP BACK UP -- Only when the auto charger has run through its full cycle will the light reappear at F (full)
Sometimes this requires an extra charge to have the light move to F
See a picture of the indicator - http://www.pohlenv.com/Electric-Car-Care-Tips.aspx#ChargeIndicator
Batteries should be kept free of dirt and corrosion to prevent excessive self discharge. Battery acid will stain a driveway, so wash batteries in an area where a stain won"t matter
It is best to use a mixture of baking soda and water. Cleaning your batteries once a month is a good practice.
Let the cleaner set for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse off with clean water. Be careful not to spray water directly into electrical components like your speed controller.
Placing an automotive drip tray or "Puddle Blocker" beneath the golf car will help prevent stains in the garage.
Fully charge batteries. Fill water to proper level after charge. DO NOT OVERFILL
Clean and dry batteries. Then spray protectant on all terminals to reduce corrosion
Every 30-45 days, the batteries should be charged a minimum of 8 hours (12 hrs if batteries are new) (Batteries slowly discharge in storage, particularly in hot weather)
Place Forward / Reverse lever in neutral position. Turn key off. If E-Z-GO PDS model - place the switch on the controller under the seat in the "tow" position
Leave parking brake off. Use blocks to prevent the car from rolling
Be sure to fully charge the batteries again, prior to putting it back in service
The answer to this is more about laws, regulations and safety guidelines than it is about horsepower, gear ratio, and rpm.
The USA (ANSI)standards for a golf car used on a golf course is top speed of 12-14 mph.
The USA standards for a golf car (PTV) with lights, top, windshield, and mirror is top speed of 20 mph.
Arizona statute 28-101: ""Golf cart" means a motor vehicle that...has an unladen weight of less than 1800 pounds, that is designed to be and is operated at not more than 25 mph and that is designed to carry not more than four persons including the driver."
Also, in Arizona, if properly licensed, golf cars may be driven on public streets where the speed limit is 35 mph or less.
The USA standards for a low speed vehicle (LSV) ie: the E-Z-GO 2Five, is top speed 25 mph.
Be sure to test drive a golf car to feel its speed and acceleration before spending more dollars for greater top speed. It is very different from an automobile.
Arizona Driving Laws for Golf Carts:
Golf carts--small, four-wheel vehicles used to travel from one part of a golf course to another--can be driven on public roads. Arizona law treats these carts as motor vehicles, requiring drivers to register them and carry liability insurance. In addition, Arizona limits the use of golf carts to roads with a speed of less than 35 miles per hour to comply with federal standards requiring speed limits on these vehicles.
Arizona law requires motor vehicle operators, including golf cart operators, to carry liability insurance on their vehicles. As of August, 2010, minimum liability insurance requirements are $10,000 in property damage and $15,000 in bodily injury. If a golf cart operator is caught driving without insurance, the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can suspend his driver"s license and require him to carry SR-22 insurance for three years.
Federal law says that each state, including Arizona, can make its own laws regarding golf carts only if the golf carts are incapable of exceeding speeds of 25 miles per hour. Thus, golf carts may not be manufactured that are capable of exceeding this speed or modified to go faster than 25 miles per hour. To comply with this regulation, Arizona sets a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour for golf carts and bans them from roads with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or higher.
The Arizona DMV requires golf cart owners to register their vehicles. Golf carts must have working headlights, brake lights and a horn.
The wet lead acid batteries that are commonly used in electric golf cars DO NOT have a memory.
It is best to charge these batteries with the automatic charger provided with the golf car. These chargers will automatically shut off when the batteries have been fully charged which prevents overcharging.
It is best to recharge when completed using the golf car and after it has a travelled more than a mile. Also when the golf car is not in use, the batteries should be charged about every three weeks.
The answer depends upon your intended use and personal preferences. E-Z-GO produces an excellent electric and gas golf car. Cost of ownership is not significantly different between gas or electric golf cars.
Benefits of Electric
2. no fumes while driving
3. smooth acceleration
Benefits of Gas
1. greater range / distance (6 gal gas tank)
2. general familiarity with internal combustion engine vehicles
3. less hassle with long term storage (summertime for winter visitors)
Due to increasing environmental concerns and improved technology, electric golf cars are the most popular choice nationally, and used gas golf cars are becoming harder to find in the Valley of the Sun. However, gas cars remain the top choice for some applications. One of the main advantages of gas golf cars is much greater range. For farming and hunting use, this is a big advantage. For this reason, the "trail utility vehicle" category is one that sports a high percentage of gasoline engines.
Be sure to check on regulations in your area: some AZ communities do not allow gas golf cars on the golf course. Newer 4-cycle engines run cleaner and quieter than older 2-cycle engines that burn an oil and gas mixture.
The price of new electric and gas golf cars is very similar as is the cost of operation during the lifetime of the vehicle.
Correct tire pressure allows the car to roll easier = longer battery life and easier steering
DOT street rated tires max. pressure = 35 psi. Turf tires max. pressure = 22 psi
(DOT = Department of Transportation)
link to shopezgo.com for full explanation and videos of serial number locations
Clean Plexiglas windshield with a soft towel or chamois and water only. If necessary, use a mild soap. Plexiglas can scratch very easily. DON"T USE WINDEX OR ANY ALCOHOL/AMMONIA BASED WINDOW CLEANERS.
For the E-Z-GO model TXT PDS electric golf car (year models approx. 2000 - 2010) there is a chip or plug available that plugs into the controller.
This will increase the top speed from golf course speed (12-14 mph) to Personal Transportation Vehicle speed (17-18 mph)
Car should be charged after every 18 holes of golf or the equivalent (approx. 7 miles)
Check charger ammeter (the meter on the charger itself) OR light indicator to be sure charger has turned on
Charger will be hot to the touch during charging and may run for up to 18 hours before automatic shutoff
It is normal for batteries to gurgle or bubble during charging