Golf Cart Warranty Void Risks: Brakes, Steering, Electrical
Updated: Jan 12, 2022
In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on the kinds of upgrades or changes to your golf cart that might risk voiding its warranty. Most golf carts come with a warranty of some kind, just like other vehicle types, and ensuring you don't void it if you're making alterations to the cart is an important theme to consider.
At Cricket Carts Direct, we offer a wide range of top-notch Cricket golf carts and various golf cart accessories, plus important information on the long-term care and maintenance of our vehicles -- including how to ensure you're staying within your warranty and do not risk voiding it. What are some of the other cart upgrade or improvement types that might risk a voided warranty, and how can you avoid this? Here's a primer.
Braking System Modifications
In most cases, golf carts will come with brakes exclusively on the rear wheels, not the front. Many owners will want to upgrade their carts with front brakes, not just for added safety but also to enhance stopping power and handling during turns and cornering.
However, be aware that many manufacturers might void your warranty if your new braking system involves:
Any brake fluid lines routed to the front of the vehicle.
Modified or replaced steering components, such as tie rods.
If you need to replace the front wheels on your cart, be sure they are compatible with the manufacturer's recommended brake system. You will also need to pay attention to whether the brakes are disc brakes, drum brakes, regenerative brakes or any other type, which may impact your warranty.
One modern golf cart modification trend is the installation of major changes to suspensions, but these risk voiding your warranty's coverage. Be sure not to make any changes to the front or rear suspensions of your cart if you want to stay within the warranty, as golf cart manufacturers may void it for any alterations done there.
You should also be aware that reinforcement kits which include metal plates, brackets and plates could actually damage your vehicle's suspension system -- and it could be considered a modification under your warranty. It is best to avoid modifications of any kind here, but if you have made changes or are planning on doing so in the future, be sure to check that they are not covered under your warranty.
In nearly every case, a golf cart owner making modifications to a cart's electrical wires, connectors, switches and other components could risk voiding the warranty. If you plan to add any extra lights or LED lighting, be sure they are DOT compliant and not wired directly into the cart's electrical systems; make sure they use a separate connection.
As for electrical wiring itself, did you know that making too many of these changes might actually result in a violation of your state's DMV code? Be sure to check with your local transportation authority or governing body before making any electrical changes or additions.
For more on how to avoid a voided warranty on your golf cart due to aftermarket changes, or to learn about any of our quality Cricket golf carts or golf cart accessories, speak to the staff at Cricket Carts Direct today.