SportsTran - Storage

By: Sportstran  11-11-2011
Keywords: Batteries, Battery Charger, Golf Cart

Read and Understand all Disclaimers, Warnings, Cautions and Danger items below.

PREPARING THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE FOR EXTENDED STORAGE

  1. Fully charge batteries.
  2. Batteries should be clean and free of corrosion. Wash tops and terminals of batteries with a solution of baking soda and water (1 cup (237 ml) baking soda per 1 gallon (3.8 L) of water). Rinse solution off batteries. Do not allow this solution to enter the batteries. Be sure terminals are tight. Let the terminals dry and then coat them with Battery Terminal Protector Spray (CCI P/N 1014305).
  3. Store golf cart or utility vehicle in a cool, dry place. This will minimize battery self-discharge.
  4. Adjust tires to recommended tire pressure.
  5. Perform semiannual periodic lubrication.
  6. Thoroughly clean front body, rear body, seats, battery compartment, and underside of golf cart or utility vehicle.
  7. Do not engage the park brake. Chock the wheels to prevent the golf cart or utility vehicle from rolling.
  8. Keep batteries fully charged during storage.
    • PowerDrive Chargers: Leave PowerDrive Chargers plugged in during storage. The onboard computer will automatically activate the charger when necessary. If charger cannot remain plugged in, or AC power will not be available during extended storage, disconnect the batteries for storage.
    • Accu-Power Chargers only: Charge batteries every six to eight weeks. If it is not possible to charge the batteries every six to eight weeks, disconnect the batteries for storage.

RETURNING THE STORED ELECTRIC VEHICLE TO SERVICE

  1. If necessary, connect batteries.
  2. Fully charge batteries.
  3. Adjust tires to recommended tire pressure.
  4. Perform the Pre-Operation and Daily Safety Checklist.

STORAGE - GASOLINE GOLF CART OR UTILITY VEHICLE

PREPARING THE GASOLINE VEHICLE FOR EXTENDED STORAGE

  1. Store golf cart or utility vehicle in a cool, dry place. This will minimize battery self-discharge. If the battery appears to be weak, have it charged by a trained technician at SportsTran. Use an automotive-type 12-volt battery charger rated at 10 amps or less.
  2. Drain carburetor and seal the fuel tank.
    1. Place the Forward/Reverse handle in the NEUTRAL position and the neutral lockout cam in the SERVICE position. Turn the fuel shut-off valve to the closed (OFF) position (Figure 17) and run the engine until fuel remaining in the carburetor and fuel lines is depleted and the engine stalls. Return the neutral lockout cam to the OPERATE position.
    2. Loosen, but do not remove, the carburetor drain screw and drain fuel remaining in bowl into a small, clean container, then pour the fuel from the container into golf cart or utility vehicle fuel tank. Tighten the carburetor drain screw.
    3. Disconnect fuel vent line from fuel tank vent nipple.
    4. Plug the fuel tank vent nipple so that it is air tight. We recommend using a slip-on vinyl cap.
  3. Disconnect the battery cables, negative (–) cable first.
  4. Batteries should be clean and free of corrosion. Wash tops and terminals of batteries with a solution of baking soda and water (1 cup (237 ml) baking soda per 1 gallon (3.8 L) of water). Rinse solution off batteries. Do not allow this solution to enter the batteries. Be sure terminals are tight. Let the terminals dry and then coat them with Battery Terminal Protector Spray (CCI P/N 1014305).
  5. To protect the engine, remove spark plug and pour 1/2 ounce (14.2 ml) of SAE 10 weight oil into the engine through the spark plug hole. Rotate engine crankshaft by hand several times and then install the spark plug.
  6. Adjust tires to recommended tire pressure.
  7. Perform semiannual periodic lubrication.
  8. Thoroughly clean front body, rear body, seats, engine compartment, and underside of golf cart or utility vehicle.
  9. Do not engage the park brake. Chock the wheels to prevent the golf cart or utility vehicle from rolling.

RETURNING THE STORED GASOLINE VEHICLE TO SERVICE

  1. Restore fuel system to operation.
    1. Remove plug from fuel tank vent.
    2. Connect vent tube to fuel tank vent.
  2. Connect battery cables, positive (+) cable first.
  3. Completely open the fuel shut-off valve. Make sure the valve is fully open. A partially closed fuel shut-off valve combined with the use of the choke can result in a fouled spark plug and engine failure.
  4. Place the Forward/Reverse handle in the NEUTRAL position and the neutral lockout cam in the SERVICE position. Crank the engine until fuel is pumped into the carburetor and fuel lines and the engine starts. Turn the engine off and return neutral lockout cam to the OPERATE position.
  5. Adjust tires to recommended tire pressure.
  6. Perform the Pre-Operation and Daily Safety Checklist.

NOTE: Due to the oil added to the engine in preparation for storage, engine may smoke excessively for a short while when running if for the first time after storage.

WARNING:

  • Turn the key switch to the OFF position, remove the key, and leave the Forward/Reverse handle or switch in the NEUTRAL position during storage. This is to prevent unintentionally starting the golf cart or utility vehicle or a fire hazard.
  • Do not attempt to charge frozen batteries or batteries with bulged cases. Discard the battery. Frozen batteries can explode.
  • Turn the key switch to the OFF position, remove the key, and leave the Forward/Reverse handle in the NEUTRAL position during storage. This is to prevent unintentionally starting the golf cart or utility vehicle or a fire hazard.
  • Turn the fuel shut-off valve to the closed (OFF) position.

CAUTION:

  • Batteries in a low state of charge will freeze at low temperatures.
  • To avoid exposing electrical components to moisture and subsequent damage, do not use any type of pressure washing or steam cleaning equipment to wash the golf cart or utility vehicle.
  • IQ System golf cart or utility vehicles only: Place Tow/Run switch in the TOW position.
  • Be sure to check the golf cart or utility vehicle and charger monthly to ensure the charger is operating correctly during storage.

DANGER:

  • Do not attempt to drain gasoline when the engine is hot or while it is running.
  • Be sure to clean up any spilled gasoline before operating the golf cart or utility vehicle.
  • Store gasoline in an approved gasoline container only. Store all gasoline in a well-ventilated area away from sparks, open flames, heaters, or heat sources.
  • Keep gasoline out of reach of children.
  • Do not siphon gasoline from the golf cart or utility vehicle.
  • Batteries in a low state of charge will freeze at low temperatures.
  • DISCLAIMER:

    The material provided above is solely for informational purposes only, and is not intended to supplement, modify or act as a substitute for the manufacturer’s owners manual. This information is of a general nature and may not apply to specific makes and models. Consult your owner’s manual for golf cart or utility vehicle specific information, or contact a trained service technician. Sports Transportation, LLC expressly disclaims any and all liability for claims, rights, demands, expenses, actions, and/or causes of action whatsoever (including without limitation, negligence, gross negligence, breach of statutory duty or any tortious liability), arising out of or in any way related to any loss, damage, or injury, including without limitation death, that may be sustained by individuals or entities, or any property of individuals or entities, as a result, directly or indirectly, of the information provided herein.

Keywords: Baking Soda, Batteries, Battery Charger, Battery Terminal Protector, Golf Cart, Shut-off Valve, Utility Vehicle,

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