Tips To Keep You RC Car In Top Condition
Everyone who wants to race remote control cars can't all be an engineering genius,
even if you posses some mechanical or engineering background, you could always use helpful tips on looking after rc cars.
One menacing problem that many remote control car owners have is trying to keep the unwanted particles from entering your car. A simple recommendation is to secure the air filter tightly to its base and another option would be to purchase du-bro body clip retainers and make certain that they stay clipped on and don't come loose.
Sometimes a car could act a bit wired, like after you turn on the car and it keeps steering in one direction. This could happen even if you maintain straight wheels. In this type of problem, check to see if the car has a “steering trim” wheel/button/knob option and adjust it that way. If no such thing exists, then you may need to adjust the steering “servo armature length” and that will help keep your car on the straight and narrow.
Accumulated dirt underneath the chassis can become a major hassle. The screw heads are the most affected by this dirt. To get them sparkling clean again, spray some denatured alcohol on each of the screw heads and simply chip the dirt off with a paperclip. This is an successful way to clean the screw heads packed with so much dirt so that a hex driver could have enough ‘meat' to grab onto.
Another alternative to the denatured alcohol is compressed air which works superior for cleaning a NTC3 after a day of bashing on the race track however an old wool or cotton sock will always do a nice job of making your car shiny and sparkling clean with the soft cotton or wool wiping off the dirt wonderfully. When using the sock cleaning method, be sure not to loose any threads on the cars parts. A small paint brush will work wonders at cleaning inaccessible areas, and gently too. In order to get sticky mud out from under the chassis or from off the body of the car, use a toothbrush to sweep it off can be helpful, but don't scrap too hard or you will scrap your nice paint job.
Always keep spare “starter” batteries and give a good check on your TX and Rx glow starts before heading out with your remote control cars will also be of some help. If your car is using batteries or lights or other parts that have been in use for a while, it should be a must to have spare parts in your tool box.
In order to shut down the engine fast, without using an exhaust plug, one could use a pencil to block the exhaust as an alternative way to shut it down fast. So they don't get accidentally disconnected, everybody uses the cable tie back trick to tie up the bec plug however this doesn't always seem like a practical move because each time you race, you have to sever the tie and use a new one to refresh the cells. A simple solution to this problem is to substitute the wire ties with twist ties that hold your RX antenna. These can be reusable.
To keep the general crap and dust out of your tires, drill your tires on the outside edge of the middle as an alternative to the rim, they will continue in balance a great deal longer as the dirt gets thrown out while the car is driven. Drilling the rims gets every small piece of dirt will stick to your wheel so try to avoid this.
Aluminum plates or blank circuit boards work really well when constructing your own chassis. Place the unusual chassis next to the clean material and use a vise grip to clamp it together before drilling all the holes, then drill in a straight line all the way through the presented holes on the original piece of chassis to the new piece of blank board. Everything will mount up easy this way. Some circuit boards might be too lightweight so use a fiberglass board as a top plate, especially on the bigger cars.