The old saying goes that the best two days of a boat owner's life are the day they buy the boat and the day they sell the boat. Luckily, this is not the same for golf cart owners.
Inevitably though, your golf cart is going to need some level of service outside of the routine maintenance. When it comes to golf cart problems, typically they fall into one of three categories:Electrical, Brakes, and Throttle.
For electrical issues, the most typical problems revolve around the battery and a lack of maintenance. It’s important to keep the cables to the battery tight and the battery dry.
Additionally if you neglect your golf cart battery you’ll likely find corrosion just like on any other vehicle’s battery. Keeping the corrosion off of the battery terminals and cables will prevent battery connection issues as well as rust.
Besides a failing battery, a bad connection is your most likely golf cart issue.
When it comes to common golf cart problems, brakes are also at the top of the list. Golf cart brakes are some of the most simple parts of the machine, but given the frequent stops and starts it’s important to keep the brakes clean and make the necessary adjustments.
The throttle linkage adjustment is a standard problem seen in many golf carts. Many adjustments can be found with a little research, especially when it comes to the battery and brakes. When it comes to the throttle linkage, that often will require a trip into the shop.
No matter how basic or advanced of a maintenance need you have, RMI can help. Visit our service page to set up your appointment.
Maybe it’s because we are all staying at home more, that we notice it. Perhaps it’s because families aren’t going on vacation and are looking for some new way to get around the neighborhood. Whatever it is, you may have seen more golf carts around your neighborhood.
When you are ready to make the jump into having a golf cart, you may think about buying a used one. Here’s some questions you may have as you start the process:
Does an electric golf cart come with new batteries?While you may find a great deal on a used golf cart, if it’s an electric golf cart, having to replace a battery can suddenly make it not such a great deal. How long a golf cart battery can last depends on many things, including how hard the cart was used before you bought it. A three-year-old cart that was used for hours every day at a golf course won’t have the same battery life as a golf cart that was used just a few times a week to drive to the dock and back.
Have the golf carts been serviced?One benefit of buying from a top golf cart dealer, like RMI, is that your used cart will be serviced before you buy it. Examples of used carts services can include things such as general tuneups, testing and potentially replacing batteries. Additionally, it's important to make sure your used cart has had an inspection to correct any safety issues before you make the purchase.
Do golf carts come with any kind of warranty?Just like when you buy a car, a warranty is important. Depending on the age and condition, the golf cart could be sold “as-is” or could include limited warranties. Many reputable dealers will include a one-year warranty on new batteries and chargers.
What kind of golf cart maintenance am I responsible for?Many times a small problem can be fixed more economically if it’s found early on compared to letting it turn into a big problem. RMI offers a service package that helps take the burden off of you for the general maintenance of your golf cart. The annual service package includes a top to bottom inspection of everything from brakes to connections to batteries or fuel.
Do you have more questions? We are happy to answer them. Give us a call the next time you need some answers.
Buying a new golf cart can feel a lot like buying a new car. And while golf carts don’t offer options from self crank windows to air conditioned seats, there’s a wide array of features you can choose or ignore that can impact the price you’ll pay for a new golf cart. Just like when it comes time to go to a car dealership, the better prepared you are, the happier you will be with your new purchase.
As you choose your next golf cart there’s plenty to keep in mind. And much of what you choose can impact the price you’ll pay. Let’s say you’ve got your heart set on a new E-Z-Go model.
It goes without saying, the make and model you choose will determine where the price begins, a new Ford F-150 is going to cost more than a Dodge Dart.
Gas or battery
While both power options have their benefits, going with a lithium battery option will typically increase the price of your E-Z-Go golf cart by about 20%. The cost savings however can be recouped by having no future fuel costs.
Cost can also be impacted when it comes time to choose your color. For example the new E-Z-Go Freedom RXV Elite comes with standard color options of blue, black, red, gray and white. When it comes time to see an upgrade though is when you decide to change your color to something like Almond or Metallic Charcoal. Pricing increases can range anywhere for $300 to $500.
If you want to have your golf cart flash, depending on the model, upgrading from the standard wheels can bump the price up from the standard model by as much as $500.
Unless you plan on taking the convertible approach where you store your golf cart in the garage and only bring it out on sunny days, you’ll want a top on your cart. Depending on your model and brand, a top will likely be $400 or more. It’s something you’ll be glad you had the first time you are driving the neighborhood and a spring shower pops up.
Windshields can also be included and also have the ability to be tinted.
If you can dream it, chances are RMI can deliver it. Besides the previously mentioned, there’s some other features that are available from the factory.
Some of those include:
Premium or two-toned seats
Audio systems and speakers
It’s hard to say exactly what the right fit for you is in terms of a new golf cart. The best way to find out what you need is to head into our showroom or website and look around. With our years of expertise, we’re happy to help guide you to a golf cart you’ll love for years to come.
Gone are the days when a simple white golf cart will suffice for getting around the course, the cul-de-sac or the lake. Just like your car, your home and your phone, you want functionality, the latest technology and maybe a little flash as well. The newest 2020 golf carts to hit the market have just that. Things such as usb charging ports are becoming standard, but the ability to customize almost everything else in your new golf cart from color to head lights is on the table as well.
Take a look as some of the newest options for Yamaha 2020 Golf Carts as well as the 2020 E-Z-GO Golf Carts.
Yamaha 2020 Golf Carts
New colors have been rolled out this year for selected models of the Yamaha line. The new matte finishes include Arctic Drift, Mica (a bronze metallic), graphite and atomic flame. While not available on all models, they are on many including Drive2 PTV model.
Additionally Yamaha’s 2020 models include an LED emblem that’s upgradeable as well as headlights.
The final big change that has come with the 2020 Yamaha models is the mechanized windshield. Windshields are especially important for the non golf course models. Having Yamaha take special care to improve this area shows that nearly every detail is being taken into account in the 2020 model. This comes with the Drive2 featuring the most interior room in the industry and now it also features an independent rear suspension.
If buying a new golf cart is in your future, consider these features and reach out directly to us at (913) 829-1211 or visit our new cart inventory.
E-Z-GO 2020 Golf Carts
One thing E-Z-GO is proud to do is stand behind its product. In 2020, many of the E-Z-GO models, such as the EXPRESS S4 ELITE, feature a zero maintenance lithium battery that comes with an eight-year warranty. That’s a warranty that’s tough to beat in the golf cart industry, no matter the brand.
For those who want a little bit more power with their golf cart, the EXPRESS S4 Gas has that. In 2020 this model comes with a standard brush guard, a convertible rear seat as well as nine different colors to choose from.
Whether it’s a new or used model you are looking for, there’s no better way to tell exactly what you need until you get behind the wheel. Head into RMI Golf Carts to see which cart in our inventory is the right fit for you.
New Golf Carts
A new golf cart may come with enhanced features that last year's model did not have. All of these new bells and whistles add money to the bottom line. As time goes on, these features may become available as an add-on for later models. Depending on how flashy you want your golf cart to be, this may be a determining factor in purchasing a new model.
A manufacturers warranty also comes with a new model. This is always a plus if you are unfamiliar with the workings of an electric or gas-powered golf cart. Buying new also comes with great financing options from RMI.
- More features to choose from
- Factory warranty
- Guaranteed performance
- Dealer incentives
Used Golf Carts
If you are looking to find a golf cart that is a bit more budget friendly, look no further than used. You can also get rid of those prior misconceptions of needing to be able to fix lots of problems that that come with buying used. Many of the used carts at RMI come with one year warranties.
- Less expensive than new
- Refurbished carts look new
If you want to drive a cool golf cart around your neighborhood, you'll need to upgrade it with practical and convenient accessories. Although many products can enhance a golf cart on a course, there are only a few golf cart accessories and golf cart add ons that can provide helpful benefits on streets and paths in your neighborhood.
In most neighborhoods, the streets have bikers and teen drivers who you will be sharing the road with, which is why you'll need strategic mirrors that can detect everything in the surroundings. The best mirrors for a golf cart that's driven on local streets should have adjustable hardware. Mirrors that move boost safety because they can be easily adjusted according to each driver's height and driving habits.
Many brands make covers for golf carts that serve various purposes. If you buy a cover that's thick and dense, you'll keep rain off the cart when sudden storms occur in your neighborhood. A cover that's designed with mesh pieces will give you opportunities to unwind comfortably on a hot day while the cart is parked. The mesh material is the key element that makes a mesh cover unique because it lets fresh air into a cabin while keeping bugs away.
Steering Wheel Cover
A steering wheel cover can provide performance perks and flair. Thick rubber covers boost performance by giving enhancing grip. A firm grip is important while driving a golf cart as it can simplify the process of steering around obstacles on streets and paths. All performance covers for golf carts are available in a variety of colors, so you'll have no problems picking an accessory that will give your cabin curb appeal.
If you're going to drive your golf cart at night, select a wheel cover that's a bright, vibrant color. A bold shade will pop after the sun sets, and it will make your golf cart appealing when it's parked in a dim driveway.
In order to keep your cart looking cool, you'll need to keep the cabin clean. The big problem is that debris can easily stain surfaces inside the cart. A rocker panel with a diamond plate is the solution to this problem because it has etches and grooves that wipe away grass, dirt, and mud that commonly sticks to shoe soles. Rocker panels for golf carts are compatible with a variety of vintage and modern carts.
Fender flares are ideal accessories for a golf cart that's driven on off-road trails. These parts mount directly over the wheel wells, and certain pieces can provide flair if the color scheme blends with the paint on a golf cart.
When a golf car has bold fender flairs, the wheels pop. Also, after flairs are installed, people who roam on the streets won't have to avoid your cart as the tires roll over obstacles because the flairs will protect them from general road hazards. Fender flairs can block:
Lighting kits are golf cart add ons that increase safety and increase awareness during the night. If you only want to reach various destinations without worrying about visibility problems, simply upgrade your dull lights with traditional LED bulbs. These bulbs will illuminate the surroundings effectively from a distance. In order to make everyone notice your cart at night, you'll need to equip the unit with colorful lights. There are lights in a variety of bold colors, and some products can be mounted underneath a golf cart's cabin.
Windshields are tactical golf cart accessories that can help you commute to different areas throughout the spring and summer more efficiently. On a spring or summer day, harsh sunlight can shine on a traditional windshield, and the glare can make the process of scanning the surroundings tough. Tinted windshields resolve this problem, and you can install them in front of the steering wheel on a golf cart.
Pressure washing equipment will simplify maintenance routines after dirt and grime build up on the exterior housing. Although you can wash a golf cart with a rag and a bucket of soapy water, pressure washing equipment provides faster results.
Stop by our shop today and start accessorizing your cart.
We've already gone over the value and advantages of powering your cart with a lithium battery, but to make sure you treat your transport with as much TLC as it deserves, learning to charge those batteries requires you to learn a little more about doing it properly.
What battery type does your cart use?
You’re in luck: there are only two types of batteries made for golf carts, so identifying the proper power source is your first job. Your vehicle may be engineered for a 36-volt system (that’s six 6-volt batteries) all the way up to a 48-volt system that is driven by either six 8-volt batteries or four 12-volt batteries, all of which belong in what’s called the deep cycle lead-acid battery family.
The first relies upon electrolyte levels maintained within each cell, while the second, lithium-ion, offers limitless benefits via power-pushing conductive cells that rely upon ion production to keep these batteries cranking out power at an efficient rate. Since lithium batteries don’t rely upon liquid electrolytes, you won’t be burdened with constant fuel level monitoring or refilling if your golf cart is powered by energy-efficient lithium.
Is one superior to the other?
That can depend upon the cart you drive, the replacement battery cost and your cart’s age. If you’re driving a dinosaur that just keeps going, you’ll spend less cash on a lead-acid unit when compared to its cousin. Plenty of duffers stick with this lead-acid because they resist change. Folks who already complain that they spend too much on their favorite sport may balk at spending even more on the lithium upgrade. On the other hand, lithium has so many benefits, plenty of golf cart owners have become converts once they learn that lithium-ion batteries deliver on these 4 points:
1. They’re small, compact, light and efficient (on average half the size).
2. They charge faster and stick around 5-times longer than lead-acid units.
3. They’re more reliable and environmentally friendly.
4. In the end, they deliver more cost-efficient rounds of golf (or trips to your neighbors house).
An industry in flux
According to members of the battery industry, this is an industry in flux because the only thing you can count on is that you’ll have to take a pass on your game until your cart is recharged. A lead-acid battery can slow a cart down and take 8 hours to get up to speed, while lithium can get you to around 80-percent capacity in an hour. Replace a lead-acid battery with lithium and you could see a nice performance boost, but you will have paid a price to do it.
But, here’s the quandary: cart owners have relied upon lead acid batteries for so long, they are almost conditioned to choose them. In fact, the demand for cart batteries is expected to continue to increase and lead-acid models generally make up the majority of those, so never underestimate consumer preference.
How to charge a lead-acid cart battery
The process of charging this type of battery isn’t uncomplicated, so do it correctly and extend the life of the battery and cut back on the number of times you seek golf cart repair. Follow these steps:
-Read all of the instructions that came with your battery twice.
-Plan to routinely charge your battery after every use so it’s always ready to go.
-Charge in a well-ventilated area to avoid gases that build up during charge time.
-Take a pass on charging your golf cart in high temperatures.
-Understand that ion batteries needn’t be fully discharged to take a new charge.
-Double check voltage settings and compensate for temperatures above 80-degrees F.
-Check water levels and tighten vent caps.
How to charge a lithium-ion cart battery
First: the gorilla in the room. You may wonder if you can replace a lead-acid battery with a lithium battery and in fact, it’s done-—as long as the replacement doesn’t operate on what’s called automatic “equalization mode.” If the motor can't be permanently turned off while charging, a battery could sustain damage, sending you to the land of golf cart repair. Your best bet is installing a product designed with a specific algorithm that protects your battery’s health, performance and life span and then follow these steps:
-Read the instructions appearing on the literature that came with your battery.
-Don’t charge the battery if the temperature is extreme; either too cold or hot.
-Turn the cart off while undertaking the charging process so the battery reaches a proper saturation point.
-Don’t fully-charge because less is always better when it comes to lithium-ion.
-If the battery or charging unit starts to heat up in mid-process, give it a rest.
-Become accustomed to the way your cart battery indicates readiness. When in doubt, read the manual.
Is it time for you to change the battery in your golf cart?
Properly diagnosing the health of your cart batteries before deciding to replace your unit is important so you don’t spend money and time to change battery in golf cart that doesn’t need changing. Consult a battery hydrometer if you’ve a lead-acid battery. All you may need is an assessment of electrolyte gravity. On the other hand, if either battery type is over the age of three, look for signs that your battery has given all it has to give and needs replacement.
Gather up your tools, battery carry straps, rags, a scrub brush, safety goggles, a good corrosion block product and situate yourself near a water source. Disconnect and remove the old battery, clean out the battery hold with a hose and let dry (you can use a hair dryer). Apply corrosive block to the frame so it comes into the best contact with the new battery and install it. Hook up the cables and once everything looks good, take a test drive so no surprises await next time you’ve got your clubs ready for 18 holes.
Need more info about batteries? Give us a call at any time and we would be glad to help you out.
Replace the Tire
Most golf carts of recent times have tubeless tires. This gives you enough time to make your way to a flat surface for replacing the tire. Here is what you will need to repair golf cart tire.
- Floor jack
- Ratchet wrench
- Replacement tire
You can replace a golf cart flat tire in three easy steps. However, make sure that the ignition is off before you begin replacing a tire. You should also ensure that the cart is in park with the brake on to avoid any nasty surprises.
Step 1: Use the Floor Jack
It is advisable that you bring the golf cart to a flat surface if possible. This will allow you to place the small floor jack correctly under the vehicle frame. Be sure to place the jack under the axle and not the cart body. Do not raise the golf cart right away. You need to remove the lug nuts first.
Step 2: Remove the Nuts
Remove the wheel cover to start on the lug nuts. Use a right sized socket and ratchet wrench to loosen the nuts. However, do not remove them completely. Raise the golf cart so that the flat tire is barely off the ground.
Remove the lug nuts and be sure to keep them safe. Nuts are prone to rolling off under the cart in difficult to reach places. Remove the tire and replace it with a new one.
Step 3: Fix the New Tire
Put on the new tire by fixing it on the spokes. Replace all the lug nuts and screw them on one by one. You do not need to tighten them right away. Lower the jack until there is just enough pressure on the new tire to prevent it from slipping.
Use the socket to tighten all lug nuts. Make sure that you do this right to prevent the new wheel from coming right off. Next, lower the cart all the way until it rests equally on all 4 wheels and replace the wheel cover.
You can easily replace a flat tire on your golf cart with these steps. However, it is possible that you might not have a spare at all times. This is where fixing a flat tire comes in handy.
Fix a Flat Tire
One of the most popular golf cart flat tire fixing kits available in the market are from E-Z-Go. The E-Z-Go tire repair kit makes it convenient for you to fix a flat in minutes.
What does it include?
The kit comes complete with everything you need to fix a flat. You will not have to buy any unnecessary tools or parts. The components of an E-Z-Go tire repair kit are as below:
- Probe Tool & Nozzle
- Rasp Tool
- Plug Gun
- Retractable Razor
All these parts come in a handy parts bag to keep it all in one place.
Every DIY job entails safety precautions. It is no different to repair golf cart tire. You need to make sure that you have the following safety equipment handy before you undertake a job.
- Safety Glasses
- Protective Footwear
- Protective Gloves
- Protective Apron
You need to make sure that the ignition is off and park brake is set before you attempt at removing a flat tire. Once the flat tire removed, follow these simple steps to repair the damage.
Check for Leaks
It is advisable to check for additional damage even if the obstruction is obvious. You need to consider the possibility that there might be more than one hole or leak. Pour small amounts of soap solution on the tire slowly making sure to cover all spots.
Bubbles will appear wherever there is a leak or a hole. Alternatively, if you have a large enough tub, you can even dunk the entire tire in soapy water. This will give you a true picture of the number of holes and leaks.
Use the handy pliers to remove any obstructions you see in the tire surface. It is recommended to remove small stones even where there is no hole. You can prolong the life of your tire by doing this. Some obstructions could be embedded deep into the rubber. Use a combination of twisting and pulling to pry it free from the tire.
Inspect the Area
There could be small bits left in the hole. Use the probe tool to inspect it thoroughly by digging it deep.
Ream Out the hole
The rasp tool is handy in reaming out any damaged area. This step is necessary to ensure that the tire plug sets in perfectly. Push the tool inside the damaged area completely in a screw motion.
Plug the Hole
E-Z-Go tire kits come complete with tire plugs. Remove nozzle of the plug gun and insert a tire plug in it. Use the nozzle adapter to push the plug head all the way into the barrel. Now, attach the nozzle and push it into the damaged area.
Insert the plug by making use of the crank handle. Make sure that you leave a finger width space on the plunger. This will ensure that there is a small piece of plug stem remaining at the top for you to set it properly. Release the crank and repeat the process one more time. Slowly pull out the plug gun and nozzle in one easy motion.
Use pliers to set the plunger in properly by pulling out a small bit and then pushing it in the whole way.
Trim Plug Stem
Use the retractable razor to evenly cut the plug stem at tire tread level.
It is extremely easy to fix flat tire when the damaged area is small. However, with proper care and regular maintenance you can ensure that your tires are not damaged. The right tire repair kit can make repairing painless and uncomplicated.
Swing by RMI the next time you need to get a new tire, or if you aren't up for the job yourself.
From work functions to family reunions or fundraisers, if you’re planning an event and need to move people or things more than 50 feet, a golf cart shuttle rental can be a smart investment that ensures your big day goes off without a hitch.
Golf cart rentals for events big and small
Golf cart rentals are affordable, making them suitable for events as small as a wedding or as large as marathons, multi-stage music festivals, or other affairs, where multiple golf carts may be desired. Rentals can typically be picked up from the rental location or delivered. There’s a wide range of cart types available, some more suitable as people movers and others more ideal for hauling things.
Selecting the right cart
There's an assortment of golf carts available to suit a variety of needs, including 2-, 4-, and 6-passenger golf carts as well as utility carts.
Passenger golf cart rentals are perfect for shuttling people. For example, they can be used at weddings to transport the wedding party, elderly and less mobile guests, or parents with young children. This transportation option can be especially crucial in particularly hot, sunny, or cold climates, where a long walk may be taxing on guests. Passenger golf carts are also perfect for moving staff or organizers around quickly, ensuring security, photographers, and event organizers or planners at parties or charity events can get where they need to be in seconds rather than minutes.
Utility carts are well-suited for hauling gear or supplies—for example, water coolers at a 5K race, audio equipment at a concert, or folding chairs, gifts, and plants at a wedding. Depending on the model, they can also be useful for medical personnel who may need to transport patients at marathons, music festivals, or other public events.
Golf season is one of the most exhilarating times of the year. It is the time where you head to the golf course during every spare minute to work on your swing and lower your handicap. Perhaps you are a more casual golfer and you just enjoy spending time with your family and friends in beautiful nature. Either way, golf is pure fun. However, golf can get pretty expensive. If you have decided to purchase a golf cart instead of paying expensive rental fees, you will save a great deal of money each year. Having the right trailer for your golf cart is essential. Here are a few ways that you can pick the right golf cart trailer.
Golf cart trailer size
You need to make sure that you are buying a trailer that is going to be the right size for your golf cart. If the trailer is too big, your cart may potentially move around in your trailer causing an unnecessary accident. Five feet by eight feet is a great size for a golf cart trailer.
Make sure you have an easy way to load and unload your golf cart
The best golf cart trailers will have a simple way to load and unload your golf cart. When you are shopping for golf cart trailers, make sure that the back hatch can be used as a ramp for your golf cart. This will help you easily load and unload your golf cart without having to pack any additional ramps.
Golf cart trailer safety
It is important to think about safety when you are picking out your golf cart trailer. Make sure that the trailer you are choosing has great safety rating. The right lights will be essential when you are traveling in heavy traffic. Read reviews online to find out which golf cart trailers are going to give you the best safety on the road.
These are just a few of the many different ways in which you will be able to pick the right golf cart trailer. Remember, you can't drive your golf cart to the golf course. You need to be able to transport your golf cart safely to the course with the proper trailer.