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How to Repair a Golf Cart Starter Generator
It's the 1st of the month so that means it's time for another "how to" video for you DIY golfers out there. Many of our customers own gas golf carts. Every week we take calls from people that are having a hard time getting their carts to run. Sometimes they run intermittently. One minute the cart runs great, they other they can’t get the engine to turn over.
Lots of times people will mistake this for a dead battery; they will replace it and still have the same issue. Many times when this is a problem the brushes in your starter are worn out and need to be replaced.
This is a really common problem and an extremely easy fix! In this video we will show you how to troubleshoot and replace the starter generator brushes in your gas powered golf cart!
New Yamaha QuieTech Demo Video
This is a cool video demonstrating some of the new and great features for the 2017 Yamaha QuieTech Golf Car. Stop by the showroom to test drive yourself. We have them in stock!
The New Yamaha Drive 2 QuieTech EFI
GAS, THE QUIET CHOICE FOR A SOUND BUSINESS DECISION
Checkout the new 2018 Yamaha Drive 2 QuieTech PTV
- Yamaha exclusive QuieTech technology
- Independent Rear Suspension
- Up to 23% better gas mileage at 45 MPG*
- Yamaha-built engine
- Industry-leading fuel economy
- Fewest emissions and up to 76% less pollutants than competitors*
2014 Yamaha Spring Shipments Are Arriving Now!
As the weather hopefully begins to warn up truck loads of new cars are beginning to roll in. We have a bunch of new Yamaha EFI gas cars available in all kinds of cool colors. The new Fuel Injected cars offer the best in class fuel mileage, no choke so they are easy to start, and a smooth acceleration! Weather you happen to be a golfer and want the Yamaha EFI PTV Golf Cart to get around the course or you are looking for a great Lifted 4-Pass cart, The Yamaha Adventurer 2+2 is up to the challenge. The 2+2 comes standard with light kit, lift kit, 80" extended top, all terrain tires, and brush guard!
Don't forget, we also have in stock new Yamaha Electric PTV Golf Carts, Yamaha Concierge 6-Pass in both gas and electric, as well as the Yamaha Adventurer Utility Vehicle.
We have them available to test drive at both the Olathe location and Parkville. As always, great financing options are available!
Spring hrs are back. The Olathe location is open Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm. Thursdays we stay open until 6pm. Saturday hrs are 10am - Noon.
Parkville is open Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4:30pm.
2014 Kansas City Golf Show is almost here!
Its that time of year again when we load up cool carts and display them at many of the local trade shows. We've recently completed the Kansas City Boat Show, RV Show, and the Overland Park Boat Show. A big thanks to everyone that stopped by our booths and purchased new carts!
We are proud to once again sponsor the upcoming Kansas City Golf Show! This a great show at the Overland Park Convention Center February 21-23. We have a good sized booth this year that will feature great looking new golf carts and multi-passenger carts! We encourage everyone to stop by the show and check out all the great deals!
We have sold through all remaining 2013 models, however We are taking deliveries of new E-Z-GO RXV and TXT Freedom models this month. We are also taking delivery of new Yamaha EFI's and 2+2 EFI's! Used cars are also starting to roll through here as well. We've already started to see some good looking used fleets and expect that to continue through the spring.
We encourage you to check the inventory section on our website often since things change on a daily basis. If you are looking for something in particular please don't hesitate to give us a shout!
Lets hope this snow melts soon and we look forward to seeing you at the Golf Show!
Message From Matt Rogers
As we put the finishing touches on another year it seems hard to believe that we are coming on our 13th year in the Golf Cart business! While this year winds down I’d like to take a moment to look back on 2012 and a look forward to 2013!
I want to thank all of our customers, vendors, and employee’s for making this another great year. Like every year in the past we saw positive growth in our overall business and double-digit growth in our parts and service department! To start the year we decided it was time to make the investment into a new inventory and point of sale software system. Like most new things we had a few bugs to work out but once we had it down, this new software helped us become more efficient and better organized allowing us to better serve our customers.
Along with a new and improved software system, we also added two very knowledgeable men to the RMI staff. Steve Horne and Rick Abbott bring with them tremendous knowledge of golf cars and parts! If you’ve ever called in looking for some advice or guidance on your cart, you know doubt have talked to one of these guys!
2012 also brought the arrival of some new and exciting products and models to the RMI show room! E-Z-GO with the introduction of the revamped utility (Terrain) product offerings along with its new Shuttle series, and Yamaha with their launch of the first ever fuel injected gas powered golf car. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t had a chance to test drive any of these products to stop by our showroom and take a ride. You won’t be disappointed!
2013 gets off to a fast start for us. The start of the year is always show season and like years past you can find us exhibiting at some really great shows again this year. Jan 10 -13 we’ll be at the Kansas City Sports and Boat Show at Bartle Hall. Jan 17 – 13 we’ll be exhibiting in the RV Show at Bartle Hall. Jan 24 -27 we’ll be at the Overland Park Boat Show located at the Overland Park convention center. And finally in we are exhibiting in two more great shows in February. We’ll be doing the Farm show at the American Royal and the Golf Show at the Overland Park convention center. Both of these take place Feb 22-24. All of these shows are great for families if you are looking for an outing this winter!
Finally, I’d like to close with an exciting announcement. I’m pleased to announce that RMI Golf Carts will be opening up a 2nd location in Parkville Missouri March 1st! We will have plenty more news and details about this new store but we are extremely excited to better serve our customers in the Northern parts of the metro!
On behalf of the Rogers family to yours, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and New Year!
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Yamaha Announces Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
We are excited to share with you that Yamaha Golf Car Co has announced the introduction of Electronic Fuel Injection as a standard feature for all Yamaha Personal Transport Vehicles!!
Yamaha is the first golf car company to introduce this technology in this market! Yamaha has been manufacturing waverunners, outboard motors, motorcycles, and ATV with this technology for years!
There are many advantages to an EFI set up, but the most exciting for me is the elimination of the pesky choke cable! There are many other advantages such as:
- Cleaner burning with less exhaust emissions
- Smoother, more responsive acceleration
- No need to re-jet to compensate for higher altitudes
- The smallest carbon footprint of any gas powered golf cart
- Provides as much as 38% better gas mileage
RMI Golf Carts is one of the first dealerships to receive these units! We expect to have our first load sometime in the next 7-10 days! Please stop by our showroom and test drive the new Yamaha Fuel Injected Golf Cart!
Gas vs Electric Powered Golf Carts
Application & Preference
When new customers come in they invariably ask, “What’s better, gas or electric?” My answer is always the same – it largely depends on how you plan to use your golf car and what your preferences are. These days, people get pretty creative with their golf carts so the intended uses can vary more than you might think. For the average user either type of golf car will make a perfectly fine recreational vehicle. Electric golf carts run nearly silently and have no fuels or oils to deal with, perfect for supporters of the green movement. Gas golf carts are a little more on the noisy side and will obviously require gas to operate - regular unleaded, to be exact.
Electric golf carts do depend on their batteries for power, so if you’re someone who wants to use your golf cart for hours upon hours at a time, you may want to stick with gas. This especially holds true for those that enjoy camping and RVing – if you don’t have access to power neither will your electric golf cart.
Another point that’s often forgotten is the amount of accessories you plan to install on your golf cart. If you want stereos, lighting, fans, heaters, etc. all of this takes a considerable amount of power. For an electric cart this energy comes right out of the same bank of batteries that your motor relies on. Gas golf cart accessories will also rely on battery power, however, they feature a starter/generator that will charge the battery on its own while the gas pedal is depressed. This doesn’t mean a gas golf cart battery is invincible - any accessories left on while the cart isn’t running will eventually kill your battery.
In the beginning, golf cars were designed to simply be what their name implies – cars for golfing. While either type of cart can easily haul you and a friend around most reasonable kinds of terrain there are other points to consider when making a decision – especially for those who expect (or demand) a little more.
With horsepower ratings ranging from 10-12 HP, gas golf cars are as much as 3-4 times more powerful than their electric counterparts. An electric golf cart, on average, will feature a 3-5 HP electric motor - but that’s not to say electric carts aren’t impressively powerful in their own right. Light hauling and yard work can be done with either type of vehicle and both will perform satisfactorily. However, those who demand power in off-road conditions with rugged terrain and steep inclines will almost always want to stick with gas power.
As we mentioned before, electric golf carts aren’t for those who wish to joy ride for hours a day. An electric cart will typically get around two hours of continuous motor run time before the batteries will need re-charging. This translates to anywhere between 18-25 miles depending on usage and the terrain – still pretty impressive. On the gas side of things manufacturers have made great strides in improving gas efficiency and the Yamaha Drive currently leads the pack in fuel economy by averaging nearly 29 MPG.
Aside from power sources and horsepower ratings, both types of vehicles operate in much the same fashion. To the untrained eye you couldn’t tell the two apart from each other and for the most part they both ride and handle the same. Both types of vehicles will get about 14-15 mph top-speed (unmodified).
All in all, both types of golf carts have fairly light requirements when it comes to maintenance. With electric carts your main concern lies within your batteries – make sure you check the water levels monthly (at least) and top-off as needed. The batteries are the life-blood of an electric car and with a replacement set costing well over $600 these days it’s not something you want to ignore. With proper maintenance of batteries and responsible charging habits you can expect to get 5-6 years (sometimes longer) of solid performance before they will need replacing. In comparison, neglecting your batteries can shorten their lifespan to as little as 1-2 years.
Gas golf carts, on the other hand, do require periodic oil changes as well as replacement air/fuel filters and spark plugs when necessary. For the do-it-yourselfer it’s pretty routine stuff if you don’t mind getting a little dirty. Filters are relatively inexpensive and golf cart motors take only a quart or so of 10W30 oil after every 250 hours of motor run time. The best way to stay on top of maintenance is to purchase and install an hour meter for the motor and with proper care a gas golf cart can last you a lifetime.
Now that you have a better idea of how both gas and electric golf cars operate, hopefully you’ll have an easier time making a decision. Keep in mind, this article is comparing “standard” golf carts. There are motor and controller upgrades out there to get the power of a gas golf car (and more) in electric form – though that is beyond the scope of this article.
Source: Diversified Golf Cars
What Year is My Yamaha Golf Cart | RMI Golf Carts
If you have your vin #, Then click on the link below and you will be able to identify what year your Yamaha cart is!
Owner’s manual for your Yamaha G-Max Golf Cart
Here’s your Yamaha Golfcart Manuals for Yamaha G-Max Gas and Electric.