Clean Your RC Car Kits for Extending Your Car’s Life
After a hard day of racing, some people simply put the car away for the next event. However, investing just a few minutes before leaving the track can go a long way to adding life to your RC car kits. Certainly, it is not as tedious as breaking down your RC car kits once a year to give it an overhaul. It is also certainly not as expensive as replacing parts, and perhaps the entire RC car kits, if you put off the maintenance.
The very first thing you should do is to clean your RC car kits. If you race in the mud, you will definitely want to get it off before it crusts over inside every crevice of your nitro car or truck. Shake off as much dirt as you can, then spray some denatured alcohol to get the rest of it. If you happen to have an air compressor handy, you can dry the car with it. Finally, spray the car with a silicon lubricant such as WD-40. Not only does it help displace water, it will also prevent corrosion and give it a slippery coat so dirt slides off next time.
Next, if you still have some gas left in the tank, you should drain it before putting the car away. Disconnect the fuel line from the carburetor end. Feed it into your fuel bottle. Plug in a fresh, clean fuel tube into the pressure fitting on the fuel tank. Blow into the tube, but be careful not to inhale. This will help pump out any remaining fuel. Always drain the fuel into your bottle, never on the ground. Now, if you raced until you ran out of gas, you don’t have to blow gas out of the tank. Instead, go ahead and start up the engine. Let it idle and run until all the gas is burned off the carburetor and fuel line.
You should also lubricate the piston and sleeve. Take out the glow plug and use a light oil such as Hobbico After Run oil to drip into the engine. Turn the flywheel gently to allow the oil to circulate.