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    Thumbs up The uitimate rc car driving/maintenance guide:

    Hey guys,

    If you’re new to rc cars, this might be useful. In this thread I will tell you all you need to know about rc cars and how to drive, maintain and love them.

    1: preparing for a run

    This is probably one of the most important steps to do before you go drive your rc. It is very important that you follow this procedure before every run (unless you are an experienced driver, and know what you’re doing). Start by getting yourself some tools to make sure that all the screws and bolts are tightened securely. Screws can come loose during the run, so they need to be checked regularly. Even if your rc car is brand new, I still suggest you check the screws. If you find a screw that needs to be tightened, grab a hand tool and screw it back in place until it’s snug. You don’t want to overtighten the screw, That could strip the thread. Be sure to NEVER use powertools to tighten/loosen screws. Powertools can easely strip out threads.

    Once you made sure that all the screws are securely in place, it’s time to check the wheelnuts. You don’t want your wheel to come loose during driving, so make sure the nuts for the wheels are snug. Again, don’t overtighten them. Apply a little force, not too much.

    Next thing to to is check for any debris that might have been cought in between the drivechafts or any other moving part on the car. Any debris that got caught in (for example) the steering bellcrank could stop the car from steering.

    Battery wise, make sure to always use a fully charged battery. When using lipo batteries, make sure you always have a lipo cutoff protection built into the esc. If not, the battery could overdischarge causing damage to the battery.

    2: driving your rc

    Driving your rc car is where the fun begins. Though, for beginners it’s more difficult than it looks. Driving the first 100yds with your rc can be quite a pain for inexperienced drivers. Here are some tips to learn how to drive the rc car:

    -limit the throttle setting.

    A lot of people want to go full speed all the time, but, especially for inexperienced drivers, this can cause a lot of damage to the car. If you bought an rc car that can do over 30 mph, I suggest you limit the throttle via an esc setting (see manual). This way, you can learn how to drive the rc car without having to worry about crashing into a wall at 30+ mph.

    -drive in straight lines.

    Driving in straight lines can be useful for some beginner drivers. When the car turns around, the steering is “reversed”. For inexperienced drivers this could cause confusion and potentially a crash. Therefore I suggest you drive the car in straight lines first, so that you can get to know the car and it’s speed and power.
    Once you start turning the car, make sure to drive the car very slow and steady. Your brain still needs to learn the three dimentional aspects of driving the car.

    -let go of the throttle when you’re insecure or scared

    Many new drivers punch the throttle when they don’t know what to to in a sertain situation. DON’T do this (obviously). Make sure to just let go of the throttle when you don’t know what to do.

    -don’t floor it

    Many beginner drivers always wonder why their car broke down so quickly. Well, most of the times it’s because they like to floor the throttle from a stand still. DON’T do this. This creates a lot of stress on the gearbox and could strip a few gears inside. Unless you have a modified transmission that can handle launches, don’t floor it.

    3: after run maintenance

    Maintenance is very important for your rc car. Especially if you want your car to last for a long time.
    Here is my after run maintenance guide:

    -loosen the wheelnuts

    Many people like to have their wheelnuts as tight as possible during driving. During driving this is not a bad thing (again, don’t overtighten). But what most people forget is to loosen the wheelnuts a little after driving. Leaving them fully tightened causes a lot of stress on the nuts and rims of your car. So please make sure you loosened the nuts a bit after driving.

    -clean the whole car

    If you want your rc car to last a long time, you’re going to have to clean it regularly. Make sure to remove any debris or dust that might get in bearings and other fragile parts.
    Cleaning tips: use a paint brush to get into the tight areas and use a microfiber cloth for the body. Paper towels and sponges can scratch the body.

    -lubricate bearings

    If you want your rc car to run smooth every single time, you’re going to have to lube the bearings in the motor and wheelhubs. Carefully expose the bearing, and spray a little of lubricant into the bearing.
    WD40 IS NOT A LUBRICANT

    WD40 is a dry “lubricant”. When spraying WD40 into bearings, it will cause the oil that’s in the bearing to come out. The bearing will spin without any lubricant causing extreme wear on the bearing.
    If you do use WD40, make sure to refill the bearings with some bearings crease/oil after to prevent the bearing from ‘dryrunning’.

    4: maintenance in the long run

    Some parts on rc cars will need to be replaced or relubricated after a long time. The transmission of your rc car is a good example. When driving your rc car (depends on drivingstyle and previous maintenance) the lubricants in the transmission will slowly start to get dirty. You don’t want to run dirty oil in your transmission, so I suggest you rebuild and relubricate your rc car transmission every two years or so. Make sure you check the manual and exploded views on how to do that.

    5: storing the rc car

    Simply setting your rc car on a shelf isn’t the best way to store your rc car. By leaving it on it’s wheels for a long period of time could cause flat spots on your tires. So make sure when storing your rc car, you keep the wheels off the ground

    I hope this was helpful for some of you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them below!
    Last edited by Nick005; 07-11-2018 at 04:50 PM.

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    May I add:

    5: storing the rc car

    Simply setting your rc car on a shelf isnít the best way to store your rc car. By leaving it on itís wheels for a long period of time could cause flat spots on your tires. So make sure when storing your rc car, you keep the wheels off the ground
    If you do get flat spots on your tires its not the end on the world. Take 5 min and make some passes up and down the street at 10-15mph and the tires will come round again.
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