For many people, the spring season means it’s time to dig their golfing equipment out of the shed and start enjoying their favorite pastime. Although your clubs and golf balls may only need a bit of cleaning, your golf cart may need a bit more maintenance before its safe to hit the road. Even if you live in an area that is warm enough to golf all year round, there are still some important maintenance to-do’s to check on regularly- and one of the most important is your tires.
Often overlooked, tire maintenance on a golf cart is extremely important. During the seasons that it’s in use, you should check the tire pressure monthly and make sure it is filled to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure (22psi for the majority of tires). Tires that are not properly inflated will often result in uneven wear, and they tend to wear out a lot faster. The uneven tires also put more strain on the cart’s performance.
If your tires are filled but they are still riding unevenly, you may have an alignment problem. Running over a hole or curb can cause a wheel to go out of alignment. Have your alignment checked and the tires rotated if needed. By ensuring that the tire’s pressure, rotation, and alignment are all in good working order, your golf cart will run more smoothly and you can prevent costly repairs in the future.
Always do a visual check when your golf cart has been in storage for a while- are there cracks or any separation on the tire walls? If so, they need to be replaced. If you use the cart all year round, do a visual inspection every so often.
Listen and watch for differences in your golf cart’s performance. Unusual sounds and a rougher ride may be an indication that something is wrong with your tires or wheels. With attention to detail and regular maintenance, you can extend the life of your golf cart and lower your expenses. The best medicine is prevention!