Expose your golf cart’s wheel assembly to address squeaky brakes.
Squeaky brakes on a golf cart aren’t conducive to maintaining proper golf course etiquette. After all, no golfer wants wants his backswing interrupted by a loud screeching sound. Prevent errant tee shots and offline putts by checking and lubricating the brakes on your course’s carts regularly to ensure they’re up to par. Routine checkups on not just the brakes, but the other parts of your carts like the batteries and wheels should be performed every three months to assure both riders’ and golfers’ safety.
1. Park your golf cart on a level surface such as an empty parking lot or garage. Place bricks or wheel blocks in front of and behind the cart’s front tires to prevent the cart from accidentally rolling away.
2. Place a jack beneath the cart and raise the cart until the rear wheels are off of the ground. Use a socket wrench to remove the bolts holding the wheels onto the cart. Take the wheels off the cart and set them aside.
3. Remove the cotter key and pin from the brake arm on the backside of each rear wheel assembly. You may need needle-nose pliers to remove the cotter key and pin. Remove any rubber shoes covering the bolt that connects the wheel assembly to the cart. Expose the wheel assembly unit.
4. Take careful note of how the wheel unit is assembled, taking a picture if necessary or if you are unfamiliar with brake maintenance and repair so you reassemble the wheel unit exactly the way it was originally.
5. Remove the springs and shoes located in the center of the wheel on the front and back of the brake shoes. Remove the two wedges and clean them, freeing them of debris and lubricating them with WD-40 or another metal lubricant.
6. Wipe down the rest of the wheel assembly with a damp cloth, being careful to remove all built-up grime and debris. Spray the rest of the wheel unit with WD-40, giving special attention to moving parts. Allow the wheel to dry and perform these steps on the other wheel. Come back to the first wheel and relubricate all parts with noticeable wear. Repeat for the other wheel.
7. Reassemble both wheels and reattach them to the cart. Tighten the bolts with a socket wrench and use the jack to lower the cart back to the ground. Remove the wheel blocks and test the cart’s performance breaking at different speeds in the vacant lot to ensure it’s working properly, and quietly, before returning it for use on the course.