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How to Push a Golf Cart That Is Dead

by Larry Chillman

Golf carts can be a golf enthusiast's best friend, but they can also be their worst enemy if it dies on the 10th hole, far away from any help. Whether you cart is electric or gas-powered, the problem often involves removing the body of the cart. The cart first needs to be moved to a place where it can be worked on. Luckily, pushing a dead golf cart just takes a little bit of hard work and a few simple steps.

Check your cart to see if it has a free wheel. Pushing an electric golf cart is simple because it has a 'free wheel' system. This means that the wheels can move without the cart being on as long as the cart is not in reverse gear. If the golf cart is gas-powered, you simply need to put it in neutral, so that it becomes 'free wheel' and can be moved without being powered.

Position yourself on the left side of the cart. Steady the cart with your right arm on the steering wheel for control and your left arm on the frame of the cart for leverage. If you have someone with you, have that person steer with their right arm and push with their left while you position yourself behind the cart.

Check to make sure the cart will move before putting all of your strength into pushing the cart. If your have help, make sure the other person is situated and ready to steer. Push your cart to safety.

Warning

  • If the cart starts to roll backward, get out of the way immediately.

About the Author

Larry Chillman is a freelance writer living and working in Philadelphia. He has been writing for over five years and has been published in "Epilogue Literary Review" and "The Deli Magazine" among others. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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