Electrical systems on your golf car are designed to operate in a wide range of environments and can last for many years if they are properly taken care of. You should do regular routine checks to ensure that a minor problem does not turn into a major one and cause any injuries. This blog will not teach you how to do the maintenance on your electrical golf cart, but about the electrical safety.
Electrical connections should be checked regularly to make sure that they are on correctly and tight. If your connectors and terminals are loose they can cause the heat to build up, which is a safety concern. The connection can get hot enough to melt the lead on your terminals, in which case can start a fire and/or explosion.
Anytime that you work on the electrical system, ALWAYS disconnect the main positive and negative battery power. Many controller systems that need to be repaired are damaged as a result of an electrical short overloading the electronics due to a lack of proper safety measures.
It is also very important to remember that not all components are dead just because the key is in the “off” position. Solenoid can burn when someone tries to remove the power connector while the the batteries are still connected. The solenoid can get stuck in the closed position which means that there was still electricity flowing through as the terminal was loosened, causing a fire.
Along with the tips above, use common sense. Always take off all jewelry from your hands, double check all of your connections, and if you have a terminal that looks burnt or damaged replace it. It is not worth the risk, and be sure to stay safe.