What is Proper Battery Watering?
Although they need significantly less maintenance than automobiles, golf carts still require a certain amount of upkeep. You may not realize it, but your golf cart batteries require maintenance throughout their life to keep them running reliably. One integral aspect of this maintenance is battery watering. Unless you have a Watering Level small sealed battery, you should check the water level of your battery at regular intervals, usually about once a month, to ensure it is within the recommended range. If it is below the plates, you should add water, since consistently low water levels can result in damage and necessitate battery replacement. Be sure to use pure, distilled water and don’t overfill. Also, keep the plates from being exposed to the air to avoid corrosion.
To ensure you correctly and effectively fill your battery, follow these steps:
- Open the vent caps to check the fill wells; the minimum level for the solution is the top of the plates.
- If the level is below the plates, then add just enough water (distilled preferred) to cover them.
- Charge the battery completely, and check the electrolyte level again.
- Add distilled water (the level should end up about 1/8” below the bottom of the fill well).
- For best results, clean all vent caps before replacing them. Be sure they are tightly secured into place.
- Use only distilled water (preferred) for golf cart batteries. Throughout their lives, electric vehicle batteries may use up to a full 16 quarts of water. Using non-distilled water results in a buildup of minerals in the batteries, negatively effecting performance and lifespan.