How to Make a 36 Volt Golf Cart Faster

by Matthew Fortuna

Electric golf carts have become a mainstay on golf courses around the country, and have become more popular on large estates, malls and parks as well. The 36-volt golf cart is the most common, along with the 48-volt, but may not be fast enough for some users. Whether you are on the course or not, there are some steps that you can take to make your golf cart faster, whether by a little bit or a lot.

Remove any unnecessary additions, racks or parts on your golf cart. Club racks, roofs, windshields, decorations or additional seats can make your cart heavier and slower.

Power-wash your cart. Use a hose and soap to scrub all of the dirt and grime off your cart that is slowing it down and causing it to move at less than its most efficient manner.

Check the shaft under the ignition pedal. Be sure that there is not a crank preventing you from pushing the pedal all the way to the floor. If there is, remove it with a screwdriver and a wrench.

Put larger tires on the cart. Larger tires will allow the 36 volts to work at the same power but cover more ground, as the larger surface area of the tires covers more ground.

Replace any old or worn-out parts that are causing the cart to move slower than it should. These parts might include gears, pedals or pieces within the electric motor.

About the Author

Matthew Fortuna is a full-time freelance writer with a journalism degree from Wayne State University, living in the Detroit metropolitan area. He has written about a wide range of topics across varying publications, including Demand Studios, wiseGEEK.com and Suite101.com, among others. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University.

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