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Your gasoline-powered Precedent golf cart is designed and built to provide years of trouble- free service and hours of fun. But it’s important to maintain it properly by following the guidelines in your owner’s manual.

Here’s an overview of those guidelines.

Gas and Oil

  • Use only regular grade unleaded (87 octane) fuel. Never use fuel that contains more than 10 percent ethanol.
  • Make sure the gasoline tank cap is securely tightened after each refill. Keep the area around the fuel cap clean and free of grass clippings and other debris that could fall into the tank.
  • Change your engine oil and filter after the first 100 hours of operation, then after each additional 200 hours of operation or annually, whichever comes first.

Monthly Service

To further protect your investment, perform the following tasks once each month or have Isle Golf Cars perform them:

  • Check the engine oil level and change the oil, if necessary.
  • Check the engine cooling air intake and clean, if necessary.
  • Check the air pressure in your tires and adjust, if needed.
  • Wash the engine compartment and the underside of your vehicle with a garden hose. Do not wash the engine while it is hot, as this could result in damage.
  • Wash your vehicle and clean the upholstery, if needed, following the directions in your owner’s manual.

Semi-annual Service

Inspect your vehicle and perform preventive maintenance on it every six months, every 50 hours of operation.

During these inspections, you or a trained Club Car service technician should check and lubricate the shifter cable pivots, the two fittings in the front suspension, and the brake system as outlined in your owner’s manual. In addition, have a trained technician perform the following inspections and maintenance every six months: Check the battery and its electrolyte level. The technician should clean the terminals, wash dirt from the casing and apply Battery Terminal Protector Spray.

  • Check the front wheel alignment, camber and toe-in and adjust, if necessary. Proper toe-in ensures that the front wheels are pointing slightly inward to reduce wear.
  • Inspect all electrical wiring and connections for tightness and damage. Replace if needed.
  • Check and lubricate the brakes.

Annual Maintenance

Have your vehicle serviced by a trained technician annually or every 100 hours of operation. During these inspections, the technician should check and fill your trans-axle to plug level, lubricate your pedal group as required and perform other needed maintenance.

If you have maintenance questions or experience problems with your vehicle, refer to your owner’s manual or contact Isle Golf Cars, your local Authorized Club Car Dealer.

Your Club Car electric Precedent golf car is designed and built to deliver years of worry-free driving pleasure. To keep your vehicle in good working condition and preserve its life, practice regular preventive maintenance.

Don’t Neglect the Batteries

Take the following steps to avoid damage and maximize the life of your batteries:

  • Charge the batteries after each use. Never leave batteries discharged overnight or longer than absolutely necessary.
  • If your vehicle is not equipped with the single-point watering system, check your electrolyte level weekly and add water if needed.
  • If your vehicle is equipped with the single- point watering system, water the batteries monthly or according to the watering interval you’ve established, following the instructions in your owner’s manual.
  • Charge the batteries before adding water, unless the electrolyte level is below the top of the plates. In that case, add just enough water to cover the plates. Then charge the batteries and check the level again. Never charge the batteries when the plates are exposed above the electrolyte level. To maximize the life of your batteries, add only distilled water. Do not overfill the batteries. Fully tighten the battery caps to prevent electrolyte leakage.
  • Make sure the battery hold-downs are tight enough so that the batteries do not move while the vehicle is in motion. Do not over- tighten, as this can cause the battery case to crack or buckle. Inspect the terminal connections regularly to ensure that they are clean and tight. Replace any worn insulation or frayed wires.
  • Keep the batteries clean and free of corrosion by washing the tops and terminals monthly. Use a solution of one cup baking soda per one gallon of water. Do not allow the solution to enter the batteries. Thoroughly rinse the solution off the batteries. Fully tighten the battery terminals. Let the terminals dry, then coat them with Battery Terminal Protector Spray, which is available from Isle Golf Cars. Properly dispose of waste water.

Semi-annual Maintenance

You’ll also need to perform regular maintenance on your Club Car Precedent every six months or every 50 hours of operation.

This is the time to:

  • Check the pressure in your tires and adjust, if necessary.
  • Have a trained technician inspect your vehicle’s brake system, electrical system, front wheel alignment, camber and toe-in. Proper toe-in ensures that the front wheels are pointing slightly inward to reduce wear.
  • Lubricate or have a trained service technician lubricate your charger receptacle, brake system and front suspension.
  • If you have a single-point watering system, manually check or have a trained Club Car service technician check the electrolyte levels on all battery cells to verify correct valve operation.

Annual Maintenance

Have a trained Club Car service technician check your transaxle and pedal group assembly and lubricate as needed annually or every 100 hours of operation. Click here to contact our service department.

Don’t Assault Your Batteries!

Be especially careful to follow the detailed instructions regarding battery maintenance in your owner’s manual. Leaving batteries discharged, overfilling batteries or adding water at inappropriate times can severely damage your batteries.

If you have questions regarding maintenance issues, see your owner’s manual or contact Isle Golf Cars, your local Authorized Club Car Dealer.

Recommended Short Term Electric Golf Cart Storage Program - Plugged In

A Club Car vehicle gives you years of trouble-free service when properly maintained. Please follow the recommended long-term storage checklist. For more information on overall vehicle maintenance, consult the owner’s manual.

Make sure the vehicle is plugged in and that the proper electrolyte level is maintained throughout the entire storage period. Perform the following procedure at least two weeks prior to long-term storage to ensure proper mixing of water and electrolyte. It takes approximately five charge cycles with a minimum of 10 EUs removed to properly mix the water with electrolyte. DO NOT water batteries immediately prior to storage. This will not provide sufficient charge time to mix the water with the electrolyte. Freezing can occur when batteries are stored in this condition.

  1. Two weeks prior to storage: Check the water levels in each battery cell. If water is required, fill the cells to cover the plates, charge the set and use distilled water to top off each cell. Electrolyte levels should be from 1/2-inch (13 mm) above plates to 1/4-inch (6 mm) below the level indicator.
  2. Immediately prior to storage:
    1. Turn the key switch to the OFF position, remove the key and leave the forward/reverse switch in the NEUTRAL position during storage.
    2. Power down all accessories.
    3. Place the tow/run switch in the TOW position. Since the battery warning light does not illuminate with the tow switch in TOW, do not use the warning light as an indication of the batteries’ charge state.
    4. Clean the battery packs, tops and terminals using a battery acid neutralizer (1 cup baking soda per 1 gallon water). Check, clean and treat battery terminal connections with a battery terminal protector spray.
    5. Tighten all battery cable connections per the owner's manual.
    6. If your vehicle is equipped with a Single Point Watering System, place the fill tube on top of the battery. This allows any water in the tube to drain back into the batteries.
    7. A bag protector should be stored in the DOWN position to reduce risk of the vinyl in the window panel cracking. The windshield should be stored in the UPRIGHT position.
  3. Plug the battery charger into the car. Leave charger plugged in during storage. If your car is equipped with an onboard computer (OBC), it automatically activates the charger when needed.
  4. If the battery charger is left plugged in during extended storage, check the electrolyte level and the charger function at least once per month to ensure that proper operation is maintained. To check charger function, disconnect the DC cord (stationary charger) from the vehicle or the AC cord (onboard charger) from the power source and wait five seconds before reconnecting. The charger is functioning properly if the ammeter indicates current.
  5. If AC power is off for seven or more days, the OBC will not function or charge the vehicle again until it is restarted. To restart the computer:
    1. Ensure AC power has been restored.
    2. Disconnect the DC cord (stationary charger) from the vehicle or the AC cord (onboard charger) from the power source; wait five seconds and reconnect.
  6. Check tire pressure and inflate to 1 8 - 20 PSI or as called for in the owner's manual.
  7. Perform all semi-annual lubrications.
  8. Thoroughly clean the front and rear body, seats, battery compartment and underside of vehicle.
  9. Make sure the storage facility has adequate ventilation as called for in the owner's manual.
  10. Do not engage the park brake, but secure the car from rolling. Chock the wheels of vehicle since the forward/reverse lever is in NEUTRAL and the vehicle is in TOW position.

NOTES: Isle Golf Cars recommends this storage procedure for time away from your cart for durations of 2 months or less.

Recommended Long Term Electric Golf Cart Storage Program - Disconnect

A Club Car vehicle gives you years of trouble-free service when properly maintained. Please follow the recommended long-term storage checklist. For more information on overall vehicle maintenance, consult the owner’s manual.
If any of the following conditions exist, use this long-term storage method:
  • The charger cannot remain plugged in continuously throughout the storage period.
  • AC power will not be available during the storage period.
  • Electrolyte levels will not be maintained throughout the storage period.

Perform the following procedure at least two weeks prior to long-term storage to ensure proper mixing of water and electrolyte. It takes approximately five charge cycles with a minimum of 10 EUs removed to properly mix the water with electrolyte. DO NOT water batteries immediately prior to storage. This will not provide sufficient charge time to mix the water with the electrolyte. Freezing can occur when batteries are stored in this condition.

  1. Two weeks prior to storage: Check the water levels in each battery cell. If water is required, fill the cells to cover the plates, charge the set and then use distilled water to top off each cell. Electrolyte level should be from 1/2-inch (13 mm) above plates to 1/4-inch (6 mm) below the level indicator.
  2. Immediately prior to storage:
    1. Ensure vehicle is fully charged per the owner's manual.
    2. Turn the key switch to the OFF position, remove the key and leave the forward/reverse switch in the NEUTRAL position during storage.
    3. Place the tow/run switch in the TOW position. Since the battery warning light does not illuminate with the tow switch in TOW, do not use the warning light as an indication of the batteries’ charge state.
    4. Clean the battery packs, tops and terminals using a battery acid neutralizer (1 cup baking soda per 1 gallon water). Check, clean and treat battery terminal connections with a battery terminal protector spray.
    5. If your vehicle is equipped with a Single Point Watering System, make sure to place the fill tube on top of the battery. This allows any water in the tube to drain back into the batteries.
    6. A bag protector should be stored in the DOWN position to reduce risk of the vinyl in the window panel cracking. The windshield should be stored in the UPRIGHT position.
  3. Disconnect batteries per the owner's manual ensuring that the cables do not come into contact with a terminal.
  4. Check tire pressure and inflate to 1 8 - 20 PSI or as called for in the owner's manual.
  5. Perform all semi-annual lubrications.
  6. Thoroughly clean the front and rear body, seats, battery compartment and underside of vehicle. Make sure the storage facility has adequate ventilation as called for in the owner's manual.
  7. Do not engage the park brake, but secure the car from rolling. Chock the wheels of vehicle since the forward/reverse lever is in NEUTRAL and the vehicle is in TOW position.
Isle Golf Cars is not responsible for any damages that may occur while performing the above procedure.

Properly store your gas golf cart when not in use.

A Club Car vehicle gives you years of trouble-free service when properly maintained. Please follow the recommended long-term storage checklist. For more information on overall vehicle maintenance, consult the owner’s manual.

  1. Place the forward/reverse handle in the NEUTRAL position and the neutral lockout cam in the MAINTENANCE position.
  2. Turn the fuel shut-off valve to the closed OFF position. Turn the key switch to ON position and run the engine until fuel remaining in the carburetor and fuel lines is depleted and the engine stalls. Turn the key switch to the OFF position and remove the key. Return the neutral lockout cam to the OPERATE position.
  3. Loosen but do not remove the carburetor drain screw and drain remaining fuel into a clean container. Pour the fuel from the container into the vehicle’s fuel tank and tighten the carburetor drain screw.
  4. Disconnect the fuel vent line from the fuel tank vent barb. Use a slip-on vinyl cap to plug the fuel tank vent nipple so that it is air tight.
  5. Disconnect the battery cables, starting with the negative cable.
  6. Check tire pressure and inflate to 1 2 - 14 PSI or as called for in the owner's manual.
  7. Perform all semi-annual lubrications and make sure engine oil levels meet the owner's manual requirements.
  8. Clean the battery using a battery acid neutralizer (1 cup of baking soda per 1 gallon of water). Check, clean and treat battery terminal connections with a battery terminal protector spray.
  9. Remove the spark plug and pour 1/2 ounce of SAE 10 weight oil into the engine through the spark plug hole. Rotate the engine crankshaft by hand several times and then re-install the spark plug.
  10. Do not engage the park brake, but secure the car from rolling.
  11. A bag protector should be stored in the DOWN position to reduce risk of the vinyl in the window panel cracking. The windshield should be stored in the UPRIGHT position.
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