Golf carts require shock absorbers, and some are equipped with leaf springs. These soften the ride and ensure the journey is smooth over rough and bumpy terrain. As is the case with shocks on cars, you need to be careful when you take your cart over difficult terrain, as your shocks suffer from wear and tear over time.
Do I need to replace my golf cart shocks?
Sometimes this is the case, but often replacing the shocks are not necessary. Generally, the easiest way to determine if your golf cart shocks are bad is to check if the shock absorber is leaking oil or showing other signs of physical damage.
What kind of springs are in a golf cart suspension?
Suspension springs can come in a couple of different forms. The two most common golf cart springs are the coil springs and leaf springs. Golf car coil springs (Figure 1) are not generally found by themselves but are often combined with a shock absorber. It is possible that the springs found over the shocks can break or even wear out.
How do I know if my golf car shocks are bad?
If the golf car feels like the front end is “nose diving”, it is likely that your shocks are bad. The same can be tested for the rear shocks by putting the golf car in reverse and stopping abruptly.
What kind of suspension does a club car have?
Leaf Springs are another kind of spring suspension and are found on both the front and rear of some model of golf cars. Figure 2 shows the front leaf spring for a Club Car DS model. A common issue with leaf springs is that over time and regular use, the standard single or double leaf spring may begin to “flatten”. Figure 3.
Strut is leaking oil or shows physical damage
Most of the time if a strut is going bad it is because a seal holding the fluid (usually oil) in the shock starts to get old and starts to let the oil escape. This can often be discovered by a simple inspection of the shock. If it appears to be oily, wet or caked with dust and dirt, it is likely that the shock is leaking and needs to be replaced.
Golf cart is experiencing excessive body roll
Excessive body rolling is another indication of a strut going bad. This test can be performed by driving the golf car then turning the steering wheel so that the golf cart is tracing out an “S” pattern.
If none of these tests or inspections reveal that your shock is bad, you may want to inspect the shock bushings. These are the rubber or plastic bushings at the ends of the shocks and also found where the leaf springs are bolted to the spring plates or brackets.