Have you checked your club car tyres lately? Tyre neglect is one of the top 8 mistakes owners make with their cart. With the global golf cart market expected to reach $2,591.69 Million by 2023, that’s a lot of tyre neglect. Don’t let yourself fall into this trap.
Keep reading to know how to change out your EZ go golf cart wheels and tyres.
The first tool you need to change a tyre is a floor jack. Make sure that the jack can fit under the cart.
Sometimes your club car will have come with a jack. If not, you can buy one from a repair shop or hardware store.
You need chocks to prevent the vehicle from rolling. Wheel chocks are vital for your safety.
To remove the lugs, you will need a socket wrench, racket, or tyre tool. Finally, you need a new tyre to replace the tire you are taking off.
Jack Up the Cart
Park the golf cart on level ground. Once parked, turn the engine off and engage the parking brake.
Have the bottom of the jack flat and stable on the ground. Slide it under a sturdy part of the frame.
Many carts have a specific point as recommended by the manufacturer. Check your owner’s manual if you are unsure of where to place the jack.
As you raise the jack, make sure the top is secure on the frame and when the cart comes off the ground, place bricks, wood, or chocks behind the wheels.
Doing this prevents the cart from rolling and falling off the jack. If the cart comes down off the jack, it can be a dangerous situation.
You only need to jack the cart up enough for the tire to be right above the ground. The more you jack it up, the more unstable and off balance it becomes.
Remove the Old Tyre
Remove the lug nuts that are holding the current tire on. Once you remove the nuts, slide the tyre off the lug studs.
Not Replacing the Tyre Right Away
If you are not replacing the tyre immediately, lower the jack. The cart frame should sit level until you are ready to mount the new tyre, reducing the amount of stress placed on the frame.
Replacing the Tyre
Today, golf cart tyres come in two versions. You will find some tyres already mounted on the wheel.
If this is the kind of replacement tire you have, you can skip to the next step! Scroll down to mounting the new tyre.
If this isn’t the type of tire you have, you’ll need to remove the old tyre from the rim. This task requires two tyre irons.
Removing the Tyre
Begin by releasing the air from the tyre with a valve tool. You are going to remove the valve from the casing.
You need to break the bead. The bead refers to the edge of the tyre. When the tyre has the right amount of air pressure, the bead stays in the groove of the rim.
Place one iron on the lip of the wheel. Place the other iron on the lip of the tyre.
The two irons should be a couple of inches away from each other. Pull the tyre away from the rim, so the tyre edge goes over the rim.
Work your way around the tyre lifting the tire’s lip over the edge of the rim. Repeat the process on the other side.
Installing the New Tyre
Your first step is to wash the rim with soapy water. You want to remove any dirt and grease that is on the rim. Leave the rim wet and spray the tyre with some soapy water.
Having both the rim and tyre wet with soapy water will make placing the new tyre easier. The soapy water acts as a lubricant between the rubber and metal. Start by placing the rim in the tyre.
Tuck the tyre lip under the edge of the rim. Use the tire iron during this process if needed.
Inflate your new tyre according to the manufacturer. Check the psi with a gauge and not with the pump. Often the pump’s gauge is off.
Most club car wheels need to inflate to 20 psi. The amount of pressure required depends on the brand and type of tyre.
Mounting the New Tyre
Slide your new wheel onto the lug studs. Make sure the treads are facing the right direction. Manufacturers design the tread to work in a specific direction. Replace the nuts and tighten them with your hands.
Lower the cart back onto the ground. Then use your wrench to tighten the lug nuts the rest of the way. Putting the wheel on the ground prevents it from spinning while tightening.
Do not try to over tighten the wheel nuts. If you tighten them past firm, you risk stripping the lug nuts.
Do not put any part of your body under the golf cart while you have the cart jacked up. If the cart were to come down, you could be seriously injured.
Do not let children or adults sit or play in the cart while you change the tyre. The extra weight and movement can cause the cart to become off-balanced.
Replace Your Club Car Tyres
When replacing your club car tyres, start by having your cart on a flat and level surface. Turn off the engine and engage the parking brake.
Jack up the tire that needs changing while following safety rules. Remove the nuts and take off the old tyre.
If you have a tyre and wheel replacement, put it on and retighten the nuts. If not, change out the tyre and then remount it.
Once the new tyre is on, lower the jack and finish tightening the nuts. Remember not to over-tighten as that will strip the nuts.
Don’t just replace your tyres, upgrade your club car wheels today.