The short answer is every 12 months or every 500km travelled. But there’s a little more to it than that.
Some models may vary so you should definitely check the Preventative Maintenance Program section in the user manual that’s included with your buggy. Just in case yours requires more or less regular servicing.
And, of course, depending on how you use your buggy, it may require a service long before the 500km or 12 months – maybe if you’re a real rough terrain kind of golfer!
As with anything electrical, you have to do some upkeep of your own to make sure that your buggy is in tip top condition, so that your game can be in tip top condition.
So today, we’re going to go through some basic care to minimise wear and tear on your electric golf buggy.
Keep the battery clean
One of the essential components of an electric golf buggy is of course the battery. With proper care, your battery will last longer and perform better for longer.
It’s best to have a look after each game and just wipe off any dirt and grime that may have built up on the battery with a cloth.
Always check if the leads, casing and connections on your buggy’s battery are damaged or showing signs of wear. If it is in poor condition, contact an MGI service centre to organise a replacement or repair.
Stay dry out there!
Should your buggy’s battery ever be submerged in water, perhaps in an incident involving a tantrum and a water hazard (damn you Aston Hills golf club!), do not attempt to use or charge it before having it inspected for safety by a professional.
If the battery is damaged by the water, it can pose a fire hazard or make the battery catch fire – and frankly, it would be embarrassing to tell the fire brigade that your buggy spontaneously combusted because you didn’t read the safety instructions properly.
One of the great things about MGI’s product line-up is the fact that they are generally designed to be used in most weather conditions and are therefore mostly water-resistant, the key word here is “resistant”, so don’t go cleaning it with a pressure washer.
Stick to the fairways and paths as much as possible and steer clear of bogs that might drench your buggy. Taking precautions such as these will ensure the performance and longevity of your buggy overall.
A little bit of DIY goes a long way
Taking on some basic maintenance for your buggy can help keep it in better condition too. This involves lubricating the joints, tightening bolts and wiping the buggy down.
You only need a few basic tools to do this kind of maintenance including a large Phillips head screwdriver, a small Phillips head screwdriver, a 13mm socket and some lubricant.
Check out this helpful video about buggy maintenance if you’re unsure on what to do.
Hopefully this clears up some questions around buggy maintenance for you and will help you relax at the course knowing your buggy is well kept.
If you want more information on how to care for your buggy, you can take a look at these FAQ’s from MGI.
by Alan Lockman