RC Vehicle Will Not Start When Starter Cord is Pulled

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Radio Control Cars & Trucks, RC Zone

Redcat-Racing-Pull-Start-RC-Car-Image

Concern:

My vehicle will not start up when I pull the starter cable.

Solution:

The initial point that lots of brand-new owners of Nitro Cars should understand is that a Glow Plug Igniter is required. The Glow Plug Igniter needs to be completely charged before affixing it to the glow plug. If it is totally charged and it is affixed to the Glow Plug a good connection will be made.

Secondly, if the above is done correctly you need to inspect to see if the problem is that gas is reaching the carburetor. This can be accomplished by holding your finger over the exhaust opening and providing a couple of tugs on the pull start. This will create nitro fuel to siphon via the gas line to the Carburetor. Ensure that you do not pull the pull cable all the way out . The start up of a nitro car is a fine art and could quickly be done with brief fast pulls 1/2 of the way out. (If you pull start is broken, see this article: How to fix a broken pull start)

Third, if the above 2 do not deal with the start up problem, you could have swamped the engine. You could eliminate the glow plug and transform the vehicle upside-down and pull the cable a couple of times to remove the gas then try starting again.   See: how to deal with a flooded engine

 

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RC Air Filters: A Quick Tip on Protecting Your Redcat Racing Engine

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Radio Control Cars & Trucks, RC Zone

Redcat Racing Air Filter Picture

Be it a gas or nitro engine, the most vital thing you can do is keep the evil dirt and wetness out.

Dirt is the most harmful predator to a gas or nitro engine and we can keep it out with correct air filter upkeep.

Keep your air filter clean and make use of air filter pretreatment oil.

A Clean air filter

A clean redcat air filter permits your engine to breathe effectively. A blocked air filter will trigger an engine to run rich, which will not harm the engine, simply trigger poor efficiency.

If the filter is covered in dirt, it might trigger some air to slip into small spaces in between the filter and housing. When a filter is kept clean, air can easily stream through the filter, catching dirt, that would otherwise harm the vehicle’s performance.

Filter Oil

Filter oil is required in catching small dust fragments that can possibly harm the interior of your Redcat engine. While the filter aspect can catch bigger dirt bits, the smaller dust particles can sneak by. Air filter oil produces a breathable protection obstacle that dust cannot permeate.

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10 Quick and Easy RC Racing and Setup Techniques

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Radio Control Cars & Trucks, RC Zone

10 RC Racing Practice Tips

Great ideas from rccaraction.com on how you can prepare and setup for a race.

1. Neutral Setup

Go with the box-stock setups and set up the popular tires at your track. When you do begin making modifications, make one at a time and see how it affects or improves your car’s performance. As you get a feel for the track design and your vehicle, gradually make your setup more aggressive.

2. Standards

After your race, don’t focus too much on your lap times. When your average lap times get closer to your fastest lap time, you know you are improving. Everything else will fall in place.

3. Pass With Courtesy

Drive your vehicle as if it were a genuine vehicle and you’ll be much quicker. When enclosing on, slower vehicles plan your pass.  Slower RC cars and buggies must yield to faster vehicles, however that does not indicate they have to pull over and stop racing so you can fly by. The exit of edges is normally a great location to pass because slower owners typically overshoot edges and go broad.

4. Stay Late

Most of individuals get to the track early to practice, however the very best time to practice is really after racing is over and the track is in condition you race on. It is frequently dry if it’s off-road or dirty if it’s on-road when you get to the track early.

5. The Evening Prior

Being ready is important to racing quickly. Undergo all your race gear the evening prior to race day. Not just will you be less likely to forget something, you will discover hidden troubles during a time when it much less stressful to repair them.

6. Bring a Friend Racing

Commonsense appears to get tossed out the proverbial window when competitors begin warming up. One of the finest means to get us all utilizing our typical sense once again is to bring a friend racing with us. This is due to the fact that we commonly exercise exactly what we preach when we understand somebody is watching (e.g. it helps a friend will help us be less critical of others and more critical of ourselves).

7. Practice with Speed, Race Slow

This is one of our preferred racing maxims at RC Car Action. You’ll develop your ability when absolutely nothing is on the line and you are burning rubber. This provides an excellent concept of exactly what you and your car can do. When you’re racing, slow down a bit and concentrate on being consistent.

8. Take Corners, Do not Overshoot Them

This is how you perform through a corner effectively: Get close to the edge and relocate to the outside while decreasing well prior to the corner, begin relying on the within prior to you get to the edge, drive along within of the edge and begin increasing speed as you exit the corner. It appears easy, however lots of racers fly into edges, get a great deal of push, slide or brake to the exterior, essentially stop and need to accelerate out from the corner. This could look quick because they go flying and burst out from the edge, however it is really the sluggish method around a track.

9. Walk The Track

Do not trust your point of view from the owners’ stand. Walk the track. try to find flaws that will journey your automobile up and research the face of the jumps to see where you ought to be lining up for smooth launches.

10. Enjoy

Having the right mindset will likewise assist you in quicker lap times. When you concentrate too much on beating the next racer or retaking a position you simply lost or making up time after a crash, you frequently attempt things that are too risky or difficult and end up falling back or crashing more.

Incentive Suggestion: When your car is spinning out and you make certain you have the right tires for your track, attempt a gear change prior to tweaking the suspension. Set up a bigger pinion. This give you more fluidity in your acceleration preventing you from breaking traction.

 

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Using Thread Lock For Redcat Racing Parts and Other RC Hobbies

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in RC Zone

Loctite threadlocker

 

Making use of thread lock to secure device screws is typical practice in the RC market. Did you realize cleansing the threads with rubbing alcohol prior to using the thread locker will guarantee a much better bond? RC fuels, shock oils, and greases prevent the thread locker from working correctly, creating a weak bond. This can cause screws falling out and your new Redcat Racing hop ups falling off right in the middle of a race (how annoying)

Threadlock is created to be made use of where metal threads are placed into metal threads so it isn’t really extremely efficient on plastic parts. Always use medium strength thread lock just in case you want to remove the screw at a later time

 

 

How to Adjust the Slipper Clutch In Redcat Racing Cars and Trucks

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Radio Control Cars & Trucks, RC Zone

Redcat Racing Slipper Clutch

Numerous RC cars are geared up with a modifiable slipper clutch. This slipper clutch has 2 major functions, the first being security.

When adjusted correctly, the slipper clutch secures the whole drive train by providing a little slip throughout high bursts of power or other times the drive train undergoes shock. An example of this would be a crash. The RC vehicle stops, but the motor is still attempting to turn the wheels. An additional example would be landing a jump with your finger on the trigger. The unexpected stop in wheel spin could otherwise strip the gears.

Traction control is the 2nd reason RC Cars and Trucks are geared up with a modifiable slipper clutch. High powered 2 wheel drive automobiles are particularly susceptible to speed wobbles and a loss of control during a fast launch off the starting line. Readjusting the slipper clutch will change the quantity of power that makes it to the ground. Be mindful. Setting a slipper clutch too loose can lead to excess heat melting the spur gear.

To set the slipper to a prime beginning point, take off the body and place the automobile on a high traction surface area. Leave the battery detached if electric and the engine off if nitro for this step. Using a work glove, hold the spur gear with one hand and roll the vehicle with the other. The slipper clutch should barely move. If there is no slippage, loosen the nut on the slipper clutch and attempt once again. If the car rolls easily while you are holding the spur gear stable, tighten up the nut and retry till a small quantity of slip is accomplished.

 

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Not So Secret Societies

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft, Funny But True

“I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”- Groucho Marx

 

 

Groucho Marx

 

Did you get rejected from the StoneCutters when you applied for membership? Do you know that you are actually “The Chosen One” but just aren’t sure which secret society you are the “Chosen One” for?

If you don’t fit it with the main stream clubs perhaps you need to find a secret society (or not so secret) that is less about the exclusivity of keeping people out, and more about finding that bizarre form of happiness that only comes when certain birds of a feather flock together.

At Daft Gadgets, we have put together a list of societies that accept membership of people who may have a hard time fitting in to society’s norm. If you haven’t been accepted somewhere else already, you may find what you’re looking for in one of the clubs below. The only caveat is that it may make you an outcast of society in the process.

The Society for Geek Advancement

According to this society, when you believe in something strongly enough to not care if other people think its cool, it means you’re a geek. So technically, Charles Manson and Jesus are both geeks according to the society’s definition. Of course in modern times its cooler to be “Bad” than “good” so if you believe in doing anything good like loving and caring about people, donating time or money to charity, or smiling at people, you are probably a geek.

The society was founded upon the principles that everyone should embrace their inner and outer geek and enjoy doing it. The second founding principle is to be a geek that keeps giving back. So technically being a geek means you should also be homeless, since you give everything away. However, being homeless does not automatically make you a geek, that’s a syllogistic fallacy that any true geek would be aware of.

The society helps people come to terms similar to AA where it is encouraged to announce “My Name is such and such, and I’m a Geek.” They call this project the “I AM A GEEK” project. A project inspired by a Beer Commercial from the year 2000.

As we all know, Beer is the exception where its both cool and geeky, as was proven by google in their quest to create the ultimate beer which they call URKontinent named after the original supercontinent that made up the earth.

The Society of Barefoot Living

No, this is not a male chauvinist society that believes in keeping their women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. On the contrary. The bare foot society is all about experiencing the the freedom of being in bare feet and the connection it gives you to your surroundings.

Apparently , the same barrier that protects you from stepping on pointy rocks and infected drug needles that we call “shoes” are also a barrier between us and nature. By removing this barrier we open our sensitivity enough to “feel” this connection, until our bodies make its version of a Callus Shoe that numbs down our feet.

According to the barefoot society:

  • it is healthy for your feet to go barefoot.
  • It is not against the law to go barefoot into any kind of establishment including restaurants.
  • It is also not against any health department regulation.
  • It is not against the law to drive barefoot.

Apparently, this means that anyone can join. Its not just a support group for hippies and martial artists.

The Society of Bead Researchers

This is a non profit scientific corporation that was created to foster historical archaeological and cultural research on beads. Its the be all and end all place for those interested in keeping up with any breaking news in bead research and group members get access to a biannual newsletter.

We suggested that they needed a catchy slogan like “Well I’ll Bead Ammed”, “Put an end to Wife Beading”, “Bead still my Beading Heart” , “That’ll Bead the Day”, “To Bead or not to Bead, that is the question”, and others, but have yet to hear back from the society.

Now as exciting as beads are, we actually found this society while looking this society…..

The Society of Beards.

No, this is not a secret society for terrorist members of the Taliban. It is actually a place where men with beards can get together online and smoke pipes and discuss things about life when your bearded. We don’t know a lot about the site because they only accept people with facial beards. However, they have had over 2.4 million page views to their website and have sworn to keep the site going until we are all dead on December 21st 2012 when the self fulfilling Mayan prophecy kills us all.

SCA Society of  Creative Anachronism

The Society of Creative Anachronism is a group that frustrated with their primitive inabilities to travel through time and have moved on to the next best thing. Recreating the past in modern times.

As it stands, they have been able to recreate the arts and skills of pre 17th century Europe which consists of 19 kingdoms of over 30,000 people. Yes, that’s right. They have an army of 30000 people at their disposal, who (luckily for us) are equipped with seriously out of date weapons.

Members of the society dress up in renaissance style, attend royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes and workshops, and other things you may find during a Lord of the Rings
reenactment. Also, we suspect these may be the same people behind “Ivrea Carnevale:The Battle of The Orange” (see Daft Gadgets Columnist Monte Richards’ article: The 7 Most Insane Festival Battles On Earth

Whether you’re bearded, beaded, barefoot or bully cocked (from 17th century slang), there is a secret society just waiting for you to join. If you don’t like any of the above, you can always start you own. There may even be some money in it if you can come up with something that enough people want to join. You could try:

The Society of celebrity lookalikes – as a niche facebook alternative

The society of attractive people (which sounds exclusive, but you only need one attractive quality to join)

The Society of Odd Unique Talents – Everybody has at least one

The Society of RC Taxidermists – as a way to bring joy with the death of your pet. (see Daft Gadgets Article “Things that haven’t been invented”)

And pretty much anything else.

Be creative, start your not so secret society now and get guaranteed acceptance.

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Adjusting Redcat Racing R/C Car Ride Height

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft

Redcat Racing spacers for lift

Have you seen those plastics C-clip spacers in the accessory bag that many RC automobiles include? Those are spring pre-load spacers. Adding these spacers will not alter the tightness of the springs, however they will raise the ride height. If a stiffer ride is what you’re after, you’ll have to set up a stiffer spring, however if you’re after a raised vehicle, these spacers are exactly what you’re looking for. Clip the spacers above the upper plastic spring retainer band. Adding more spacers extends the suspension even more. Basically what we are doing is using the spacers to slide the spring down on the shock body acting as a lift kit.

spacers on RC vehicles

 

Aluminum threaded shocks normally sport a threaded collar for re-adjusting trip height. The theory is the same, but instead of spacers, you screw down the collar. Whether you want a low rider or a jacked up beast, adjusting spring preload can help.

 

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How to start a Gas Powered RC Engine from Redcat Racing

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Radio Control Cars & Trucks, RC Zone

Redcat Racing 30CC Gas Engine

So you’ve got a gas powered engine like the bigs boys huh? Here’s how you get it revved up!

1. Turn on the radio and the automobile. (see to it the battery in the receiver is totally charged and the transmitter batteries are full).
2. Prime the carburetor by pressing the primer bulb located on the carburetor until gas is seen inside the bulb. Do this step 2 or three times
3. Close the choke by pressing the lever down.
4. Pull starter cable till the engine fires a single time.
5. Open up the choke by cranking up till straight.
6. Pull the wire to start the fun.

Closed Choke Redcat EngineOpen Choke Redcat Engine

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Getting to the Clutch with Redcat Racing

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in RC Zone

picture of redcat racing clutch

Is your RC automobile stalling when you strike the breaks? Does it attempt to burn rubber while idling?

If so, there could be numerous things wrong, but it is most likely the clutch if it delays when you hold it still, but let’s still check out all choices.

We’ll begin our procedure of removal by examining the simplest things.

1. Examine the idle screw. Make sure the idle screw is set effectively. The idle screw is on the front of the carb and regulates the throttle valve’s minimum opening.
2. See to it that the low and high speed needles are set correctly. You can see our article: “Tuning Your Redcat Engine”

If all checks out, we’ll proceed to the clutch.

1. The clutch bell (gear on the end of engine) ought to rotate easily and quickly when the engine isn’t running and the vehicle is on the floor. If not, the clutch might be sticking.
2. Take out the engine (See artilce: How to remove a redcat engine )
3. Eliminate the clutch bell by getting rid of the screw or clip at the end of the clutch bell where the bearing is.
4. Slide off the clutch bell.

There are a couple things to inspect right here.

1. Examine the spring. If the spring is broken or has actually come separated it will engage the clutch too early, not permitting the car to idle still.
2. Examine the clutch shoes. The clutch shoes could become hot from excess slip and melt to the interior of the clutch bell. The glaze on the shoes and inside of the clutch bell will trigger the clutch to slip, which will at some point result in an over heated clutch.
3. Put the clutch back together with the spring.
4. Reinstall the engine making use of medium thread lock on the mounting screws.

 

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RC Transmitter Won’t Work – Redcat Racing Radio Help

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft

Redcat Racing TX Radio

Question:

My batteries are installed in the car and in the battery box on the car but when I turn on the remote control and the power switch on the car, the radio does not seem to work?

Answer:

This is a very common problem. If the batteries installed are not fresh or fully charged rechargeable batteries, the controller will not operate correctly. You may have some things such as throttle working but no steering. This is usually due to batteries that need to be replaced. We recommend rechargeable batteries.

If changing the batteries did not resolve the problem, you should inspect the battery box located on the car. Open this compartment and make sure all 3 plugs are attached to the receiver box. You can also try swapping positions of the wires to see if that resolves the problem. You should also check very closely the connections on the battery box and connections on the remote control where the batteries are installed.

If the first two suggestions did not resolve your problem you should try reseating the crystals. One crystal is located in the receiver as pictured above and the other crystal is located in the Remote Control Unit that you hold in your hand. First you should check to make sure that both crystals are the same frequency and when you pull the crystals you will see small writing with a specific number imprinted on the side. These must match. If they do, you should reseat and even swap positions of the crystals. If the problem still exists you can try new crystals which can be purchased at any hobby shop. Please note that the crystal in the remote is held in place by a plastic holder that is inserted into the side of the hand controller.

 See our article: How To Use The RedCat DSM –2C 2.4Ghz Radio Remote Control and Receiver

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