So, you've just bought your new RC Car and are keen to begin your RC adventure! Before you get started, here are a few things you should know to help prevent damage and prolong the life of your car.
1. Read the instruction manual
This may be obvious, but it is also extremely important. Read the instruction manual from cover to cover and make sure you fully understand how to operate the product. If you don’t understand something – research and find out before you use the product. There is plenty of information online including videos, tutorials and forums that you can join. You can always feel free to contact us with any questions you may have – our staff are more than happy to help.
2. Take care of your electronics
While using your RC Car, be mindful of motor temperature, especially with entry-level ‘Brushed‘ motors. Operate the vehicle for 5 minutes and let it cool down. Using large capacity batteries and operating continuously for long periods of time is a recipe for a cooked motor. Make sure to keep your electronics clean, lubricate bushing on brushed motors and use a motor spray to clean the internals of the motor.
3. Keep your vehicle clean
Make sure to clean your vehicle at the end of each session. Especially when operating in sandy conditions as it will accelerate wear significantly. Compressed air is a great way to clean your car and if you’re needing to knock off big chunks of dirt, a toothbrush or paintbrush will come in handy. WD40 is also very helpful to lubricate and disperse water. Once you’ve finished cleaning your vehicle, check the bearings and driveshafts to make sure they move freely.
5. Battery maintenance
Make sure to unplug your LiPo’s as batteries that are left plugged in can be run flat and ruined. Remove the battery from your vehicle and charge it on a non-flammable surface like concrete or metal. Never leave your batteries charging while unattended. We suggest getting a LiPo charging bag which provides you with peace of mind knowing that you, your equipment and batteries are all protected in case of an accidental explosion or fire.