Tips On Choosing a Battery For Your Golf Cart

Golf carts require the same kind of maintenance as your regular car, and occasionally, replacement parts may be needed.  When shopping around keep in mind these tips on choosing a battery for your golf cart.

1.   Choose a Battery With a Long Life Cycle.

Because golf carts are completely electric vehicles, find one that can handle being charged and discharged as many times as possible before needing to be replaced. In addition to the life cycle, the range it can travel before requiring a charge is also important information to avoid getting stranded.

2.   Be Aware of What Specifications You Need

Not every model uses the same battery, so be sure to know what size, voltage, and other specifications are relevant to the make of your golf cart. You may also want to consider how the weight of your battery will affect the cart. Be sure to look into how much your vehicle requires when shopping around. You can determine the number of volts by counting the number of caps on the top of the battery and multiplying by two. For example, four caps on the top means the battery is 8 volts.

3.   Understand the Maintenance You May Need

Be aware of what kind of service your battery will need to keep running smoothly.  Water consumption is a major factor, and it’s important to understand the requirements of your vehicle.

Your individual needs will vary when looking for a new battery. Be sure to balance your initial costs with the overall costs you may accrue in the future. Talking to an expert about what your battery can do for you will help get you on the move. Visit this website for more information on golf cart batteries in San Diego.

7 Reasons to Recycle Your Battery

If you’re sitting on your car battery wondering what to do with it, consider recycling. Chances are high that there is a recycling facility somewhere near you, and here are seven good reasons why you should recycle your battery.

1. It Won’t Sit on Your Property

 

If you’re not using your battery and it’s just taking up space. Turn it over to be recycled and free up that space for something else.

 

2. Avoid Adding to the Landfill Problem

 

The landfills already have enough garbage going into them every day. Recycling your battery keeps them from adding to that problem.

 

3. Avoid the Spread of Harmful Chemicals

 

Batteries contain chemicals such as sulfuric acid that can corrode items and get into soil and water. Recycling the batter keeps these chemicals from getting where they shouldn’t go.

 

4. Reduce the Spread of Harmful Metals

 

Batteries contain mercury, zinc, lithium, and lead, which are harmful when consumed and dangerous if they get into water. Recycling your battery keeps these metals where they should be.

 

5. Materials Are Used in Other Products

 

Usable materials in your recycled battery can be put to use in other products, including sunscreen and dietary supplements.

 

6. Create Less Expensive Batteries

 

Recycled batteries can be used to create batteries that cost less money.

 

7. You’re Helping the Environment

 

Keeping old batteries away from soil and water is good for you and the environment. To learn more about battery recycling in San Diego, please visit this website.

Jump-starting a Car

Whether you left your lights on overnight or a friend’s battery died, you may need to jump start a battery. Here is how to do it.

Jump-starting a car involves using a car with a fully charged battery to start a car with a dead battery. Make sure to drive the car that was jump-started for several minutes after jump-starting it or the alternator will not charge the battery back to full capacity.

If the dead battery is leaking, damaged, or heavily corroded, jump-starting the battery could be dangerous and you should call a professional. Avoid touching the posts of the battery directly.

To jump-start a battery you will need a car with a charged battery and a set of jumper cables. To begin, park the car with the good battery close to the car with the dead battery. The engines should be close enough that the jumper cables can reach each battery without being tight. Put each car in neutral or park and remove the key from both ignitions.

Open the hoods and locate the batteries, making sure to notice which terminal on each battery is negative and positive. The cables and batteries will have a ‘plus’ sign and red coloring for the positive sides. Alternatively, the negative battery terminal and cable will be black and have a ‘minus’ sign. Connect the positive clamp of the battery cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery. Next, connect the other positive clamp the positive terminal of the working battery. After that, connect the first negative clamp to the negative terminal of the working battery. Finally, connect the second negative clamp to a metal surface of the dead car’s engine that is not painted or oily. You may see a small spark when you connect the last clamp.

Once the four clamps are connected, start the engine of the car with the good battery. Let it idle for a few minutes and rev the engine several times. This process charges the dead battery a little bit. With the engine still on try to start the engine of the car with the dead battery. The car should start up, but if it does not, turn off both cars and remove the last clamp you connected. Adjust or wiggle the three other clamps on the battery terminals, then reconnect the fourth clamp. Repeat the process of starting and idling the good car, then starting the dead car. Once the car starts, remove the cables in the reverse order that you installed them. The car is now ready to drive.

To find out more information on battery accessories in San Diego, please visit this website.