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GENERAL SAFETY TIPS

Although by no means a comprehensive list, the following tips and recommendations can help ensure that drivers and passengers of Golf Car Solutions vehicles remain safe and enjoy their golf car experience. Read and follow all safety precautions outlined in the owner’s manual of your Golf Car Solutions vehicle. Also, know and follow all state and local regulations governing the use of golf cars and personal-use vehicles in your area.

  • Keep hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times.
  • Do not operate the vehicle on public roads.
  • Never operate the vehicle under the influence of alcohol or any other substance.
  • Do not operate the vehicle with more than two (2) passengers per bench seat.
  • Special care must be taken when using the vehicle in the presence of children. Do not allow young children or teenagers to operate the vehicle, particularly unattended. Golf Car Solutions recommends that only licensed drivers operate vehicles.
  • Do not allow young children to ride in the vehicle without a supervising adult. Children’s feet must be able to touch the floorboard of the vehicle, and they must be able to hold on to the safety handles on the vehicle canopy or restraint.
  • Make sure that tyres are properly inflated before operating. Never install unapproved tyres, including so-called “low-pressure” tyres, on a personal-utility vehicle. Use of these tyres can create an extremely unstable and hazardous operating condition.
  • Modifications to the vehicle, such as installation of a “lift kit” or rear-facing seat, can change the operating characteristics of the vehicle. Always be sure you understand and are mindful of the ways in which a modification can alter a vehicle’s behaviour. Also, if modifying a vehicle, we recommend the use of genuine  parts and accessories, which have been tested to conform to safe operating standards and conditions. Genuine parts and accessories are available at your local golf car dealer.
  • Do not modify your vehicle to go faster than the speed at which it was designed to operate from the factory. Such modifications cause the vehicle to operate at a speed and in a manner for which it was not intended, designed or tested. Such modifications also are often in violation of federal, state and local laws governing the use of personal-utility vehicles.
  • Passengers in a rear-facing seat must use particular care, since they cannot see the upcoming path of the vehicle or possible approaching hazards. Rear-facing passengers must always hold on to safety handles and keep their feet firmly placed upon the vehicle’s floorboard.

This is not an exhaustive list of safety guidelines and precautions. No list, however lengthy, could ever cover all of the possible operating situations and conditions for every vehicle in every possible environment.

If you have any questions about safe and proper use of your vehicle, please contact Golf Car Solutions on (08) 8346 6645.

Again, no safety feature or guideline will replace the old-fashioned common sense of responsible drivers and passengers. Please operate your vehicle responsibly, and thank you for supporting Golf Car Solutions.

 

BATTERY SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE TIPS 

SAFETY

To ensure that you install and use your batteries safely please use the following guidelines:

  • Always wear protective clothing, gloves and goggles when handling batteries
  • Do not smoke near batteries
  • Keep sparks, flames and metal objects away from batteries
  • Use a wrench with a rubber handle when making battery connections
  • The electrolyte is a solution of acid and water, so avoid skin contact
  • If acid contacts your skin or eyes, flush with water immediately
  • Check that all cable connections to the terminal are properly tightened, connections that are too tight or too loose could result in post breakage, meltdown or fire
  • To avoid short circuits do not lay objects on top of battery
  • Charge batteries in a well-ventilated area
  • Never add acid to a battery

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE INSPECTION

  • Examine the external appearance of the battery, the tops of the battery and terminal connections should be clean, free of dirt and corrosion, and dry. Refer to cleaning section below.
  • If fluids are on top of the battery this may mean that the battery is being over-watered. Refer to watering section below.
  • Check battery cables and connections, replace all damaged cables and tighten any loose connections, 95 – 105 lbs torque.

CLEANING

  • Check that all vent caps are secured properly on the battery
  • Clean the top of the battery, terminals and connections with a cloth or brush and a solution of baking soda and water. Do not allow cleaning solution to get inside the battery
  • Rinse with water and dry with a clean cloth
  • Apply a thin coat of petroleum jelly or terminal protector that can be purchased through your local battery dealer
  • Keep the area around batteries clean and dry

WATERING

Wet Cell batteries need to have their water level checked routinely. The frequency depends upon battery usage and operating temperatures. Check new batteries every couple of weeks to determine the watering frequency for your application. It is normal for batteries to need more watering as they age.

  • Fully charge the batteries prior to adding water. Only add water to discharged or partially charged batteries if the plates are exposed. In this case, add just enough water to cover the plates and then charge the batteries and continue with the watering procedure.
  • Remove the vent caps and place them upside down so the dirt does not get on the underside of the cap, for the plus series™ batteries simply flip open the cap. Check the electrolyte level
  • If the electrolyte level is well above the plates then it is not necessary to add more water
  • If the electrolyte level is barely covering the plates, add distilled or de-ionised water to a level 3mm below the vent well (this is the plastic shield inside the vent hole) for standard batteries and to the maximum (MAX) level indicator for Plus Series™ batteries.
  • After adding water, secure vent caps back on batteries
  • Tap water may be used if the levels of impurities are within acceptable limits.