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Troubleshooting, Repair, and Maintenance

Fix a flat. Bang out a dent. Replace a headlight. RC vehicles often need the same care and attention as the family automobile. Get the tools and supplies necessary for maintaining your RC. Learn how to troubleshoot and repair your own RC. Know when to take it to the professionals to get it fixed.
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Keep Wires Neat and Tidy
Neat wires look good and keep your RC off the repair bench...

Reasons to Keep Broken Radio Controlled Vehicles
Don't ditch that broken RC. Just because you lost the controller, fried the electronics, or broke the antenna is no reason to dump that RC in the trash. Whether it's a toy or a hobby-grade RC, find out why an RC graveyard is a good thing to have around.

How Do I Protect My RC Electronics From Water and Mud?
Water + electricity + dirt = big mess if you don't properly prepare your RC for water, snow, and mud.

Troubleshooting an RC That Won't Run
An RC that stops running (or never started in the first place) or runs sluggishly is frustrating. But quite often it's something very simple, very basic that went wrong. Before you tear it apart (or smash it to pieces) take a deep breath and go over each of these common and fairly easy to fix trouble areas first. Even if you just know this...

Getting Your Gear Ratios and Slipper Just Right
Getting Your Gear Ratios and Slipper Just Right on your Radio Controlled Vehicle.

Protecting the Receiver in Your RC
If you experience erratic behavior that seems like a radio glitch, it could be from receiver damage. Here are some ways to protect the receiver from two damaging factors: moisture and vibration.

Bag Those Bottles
Don't waste money and create a messy situation in your toolbox with this tip.

RC Toy Modifications
rc toys, modifications, mods, upgrades, broken rc toys, radio controlled vehicles

RC Transmitter and Receiver Troubleshooting
RC vehicles communicate through radio signals between the receiver in the RC vehicle and a hand-held transmitter. When an RC won't respond to signals from the transmitter there is often an easy solution. Before declaring the RC defective, try these first six…

Repairing Radio Controlled Toys
Toy-grade RCs are generally not as durable or long-lasting as hobby-grade models. Toy stores don't usually offer repair services and parts are hard to come by as well. So what can you do when a sentimental favorite toy RC goes on the fritz?

RC Repair and Modification With Soldering
Soldering has many applications including the building and repair of radio controlled vehicles. For radio controlled vehicle hobbyists soldering is mostly used in making repairs and modifications to electric RCs.

Adding or Replacing Shock Oil
Oil-filled shock absorbers give RC vehicles more stability over rough terrain. When you feel that your shock absorbers aren't performing properly you can check the fluid level and add more oil to the shocks.

NitroHouse - Build Shocks Like a Pro - Video
5 minute professional quality video tutorial on building RC shocks.

Perform After-Run Maintenance
Just like a real car, RC vehicles require regular maintenance. After running your RC for a while you have to perform after-run maintenance. All vehicles -- electric and nitro -- need after-run maintenance but some of the steps here apply only to nitro engines.

Prep a Ready-to-Run RC Car or Truck
A RTR or Ready to Run RC isn't necessarily ready to roll right out of the box. You generally won't have a lot of assembly to do but there is some must-do as well as nice-to-do prep work needed before you hit the floor, street, or dirt track with your RTR radio controlled car or truck.

NitroHouse - Gluing Tires - Video
This tire gluing video tutorial starts with drilling holes in the wheel.

How to: RTR can mean "Ready to Race"!
Here are a few pit tips from RC Car Action magazine for making your ready-to-run (RTR) vehicle ready-to-race.

Shock Spring Color Chart
Look at tables for all makes or by specific manufacturers to find color and rating information for shock springs for your RC.

Post-Run Maintenance for Your Boat
After a hard day on the lake or pond you'll need to do more than just dry off your RC boat. These steps cover the hull, prop shaft, electronics, starter, and engine.

Replacing a Broken Shock Shaft
As I wrote in my review of the 1:8 Scale Team Losi Raminator Monster Truck : The problem I have with the shocks is that instead of one huge shock with a puny shaft it wold have been better to put two medium sized shocks on each tire. That way you won't put 13lbs of moving muscle stress on one shock per tire. During my early runs the shock shaft snapped in half at the bottom on the right front ti…

RC Transmitter and Receiver Troubleshooting
RC vehicles communicate through radio signals between the receiver in the RC vehicle and a hand-held transmitter . When an RC won't respond to signals from the transmitter there is often an easy solution. Before declaring the RC defective, try these first seven steps. If it still won't work, you may have to resort to returning the RC or...

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