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How to Rebuild the Clutch of RC Nitro Engine

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

This is a RedCat Racing tutorial that explains tips and techniques on how to rebuild the clutch of your remote control car nitro engine. This is just one of the many RedCat Racing tutorials that helps hobbyists make repairs and maintenance on their nitro racing car.

Prepare all your materials for repairing the clutch. You need a complete set of screwdrivers, a long screwdriver, nose pliers and if possible, have your 4-way wrench handy too.

How to rebuild an RC clutch tools

Use a 2-piece clutch shoes that can be ordered online in the Redcat Parts section of our store to rebuild your damaged clutch.

Take out the clutch gear by using a four way wrench to take the large nut off. Once the nut is loose, it will continuously start turning the engine shaft. There is a small fly wheel with a hole in it, slide a screwdriver in and then lock the shaft so you can remove the nut easily from the engine.

Redcat Racing Reviews and Tips – How to Deal with a Flooded Engine

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

This is a RedCat Racing tutorial that will teach you how to manage and troubleshoot common maintenance and assembly problems. This video is one of the many RedCat Racing tutorials that teaches hobbyists about dealing with engine problems. A flooded engine is one of the most common concerns for users and here is a step-by step guide to deal with it.

A Flooded engine is a very common problem especially when you are priming your engine for the first time. u can easily tell that the engine may be flooded when your pull string does not pull properly. Usually, only a few short pulls would be able to start an engine up. It is very important to be patient and only apply a couple of short pulls to the engine, otherwise you would either flood the engine in the process or you will only snap the cord of the manual pull start assembly.

Never force a pull start that will simply not work. It will only snap the cord and even damage your engine all the more. Remove the glow plug from the piston with the use of the redcat racing nitro tool kit.

removing the glow plug from flooded redcat engine

Use a cloth to cover the piston to protect you from fuel that may spill from the area. Prime the engine several times to release extra fuel.

cloth over flooded engine

Replace the glow plugs back with the 4-way wrench. Restart the engine with just two to three short pulls and with the glow plug igniter in place. This will surely start the engine in no time at all. Remember to gently replace the glow plugs in to prevent damage on the threads inside the heat sink.

Check for the exhaust smoke and a few amounts of fuel that may come out of the exhaust. This means that your engine is running rich.

For more information on Redcat Racing Nitro Vehicle Set Up See Articles:

Setting Up Your Nitro Redcat Racing Vehicle
Redcat Racing Nitro Basics
How To Use a Redcat DSM Radio
How To Tune Up Your Redcat Nitro Engine
How To Tune Up Your Redcat Nitro Engine Part II
Redcat Racing Nitro Engine – Standard Engine Breaking In Procedure
Redcat Racing Tutorial – Tuning Your Redcat Engine and Understanding the Carburetor
How to Install and Replace the Glow Plug in a Redcat Nitro Vehicle
How To Install a Redcat Electric Starter
Cleaning and Fixing Your Redcat Nitro Engine Carburetor
Redcat Racing Reviews and Tips – Why Does Your Redcat Nitro Engine Rev Right After Starting?

Why Does My Engine Quit When Breaking?

Redcat Racing Tutorial – How to Install and Replace the Glow Plug in a Redcat Nitro Vehicle

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

This RedCat Racing tutorial will tell you how to install and replace a glow plug. Learning all about maintaining your race car’s glow plug will allow you to take care of your car more and keep it running as efficient as it can be.

Finding the glow plug takes precision. Take the outer shell of your race car and find the glow plug. It is mostly located inside the piston of the engine manifold. You need only one tool to remove and replace an ailing glow plug and that is your 4-way wrench that is included in the nitro starter kit.

Locate the piston and with your 4-way wrench take the glow plug out with a counterclockwise motion.

redcat racing tutorial Removing a glow plug

As you take the glow plug out, there is a ring on the plug that you must not lose

With your glow plug igniter, check your glow plugs. Pull the igniter open and place the tip of the glow plug in. Careful when doing this since you may touch the filament and damage it in the process. When the glow plug filament turns glowing red, it is good but if it remains black or unlit then it has already gone bad.

glow plug igniter works

Replace the old glow plug with a new one using the same 4-way wrench tool. Gently screw the glow plug back into the piston. Tightening it can only damage the glow plug and may only dampen the performance of your vehicle.

A glow plug is used to ignite the engine of the race car. If the glow plug fails, your engine won’t be able to start at all.

For more information on Redcat Racing Nitro Vehicle Set Up See Articles:

Setting Up Your Nitro Redcat Racing Vehicle

Redcat Racing Nitro Basics

How To Use a Redcat DSM Radio

How To Tune Up Your Redcat Nitro Engine

How To Tune Up Your Redcat Nitro Engine Part II

Redcat Racing Nitro Engine – Standard Engine Breaking In Procedure
Redcat Racing Tutorial – Tuning Your Redcat Engine and Understanding the Carburetor

Starting Your Redcat Racing Nitro RC Vehicle

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

This tutorial will teach you how to do the basic controls for your redcat racing nitro vehicle and further familiarizing yourself with the RedCat racing 2-channel remote control. Place the on a stand to check for its parts. Take the top cover off to expose the insides of the car. Check for the car’s glow plugs. Take the glow plug out from the piston.

 

Redcat Racing

 

Take your glow plug igniter and place the tip of the glow plug on the igniter tip (the tip with the coil must be seen). When you press the tip of the plug to the igniter, the coil must glow red. If it doesn’t, then the glow plug is bad.

Redcat Racing Glow Plug Igniter In Action

Install the fuel filter before starting the engine.

 

Fuel Filter for Nitro Line

The fuel filter will be set in place at the fuel hose that runs from the fuel tank to the engine.

Cutting Fuel Line on Redcat Racing

With a cutter, cut the hose to make room for the filter; slide the one end on the hose and the other end to the hose that runs to the engine.

Fuel Filter in Nitro Line

A fuel filter will protect your engine from dirt damage from contaminated fuel.

Fill up the fuel tank with RC fuel with the nitro bottle that came with your Redcat Racing Ultra Nitro Starter Pack or Nitro Tool Kit. Open the fuel compartment located on the remote controlled car. Fill the tank but not to spill over.

Filling Up a Redcat Racing Nitro Fuel Tank

Pull the starter very gently, in short bursts. Always secure your car with one hand as you make short starter pulls. Do not pull the cord way out like a lawn mower. If this is the first time that you are starting the engine, its best to prime it first. You may place a few drops of nitro fuel in the carburetor and a few drops of oil directly on the glow plug which is located inside the piston. Then pull the starter loosely to make sure the fuel goes in.

nitro drop in piston and carburetor of Redcat Nitro Engine

Do not over tighten the glow plug which can only damage it.

Glow Plug ingniter in piston for start up

 

The pull start may be very hard to pull in a brand new engine. Do not force the pull start and always have a firm hold on the car when you are pulling the pull start.  As the car powers on and the engine starts, let the car “sing” for at least one fuel tank. The engine may quit for a few times, just set the car on idle speed by trimming the throttle with the use of the remote. Do not rev the engine.

Standard Break In Procedure calls for 5 Tanks on Idle. There should be smoke coming out from the exhaust if there is no smoke, then you are running the engine too lean. You have to make adjustments otherwise you will risk damaging your engine.

Check the engine temperature during the first run by touching the top of the blue piston It is normal to see fuel spitting from the exhaust when you are priming your car for the first time.

It is normal to see fuel spitting from the exhaust when you are priming your car for the first time.

leaking fuel from exhaust

 

For more information on Redcat Racing Nitro Vehicle Set Up See Articles:

Setting Up Your Nitro Redcat Racing Vehicle

Redcat Racing Nitro Basics

How To Use a Redcat DSM Radio

How To Tune Up Your Redcat Nitro Engine

How To Tune Up Your Redcat Nitro Engine Part II

Redcat Racing Lowers their Prices … At Least Until April 15th

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

Redcat rampage banner

Yes, you heard it right. Redcat Racing has lowered their pricing on the Hurricane XTE, Avalanche XTE, and Monsoon XTE Models as well as the shredder Short Course and XB Buggy from their 1/6th Scale line.

For you “Large Scale” lovers, the notorious line of Redcat Rampage vehicles also has a price reduction in the Rampage X-SC short course gas truck.

Monsoon-XTE(1)

Here is a list of the lowest prices you can find on the internet (the lowest price Redcat Racing will allow their stuff to be sold at)

Redcat Model Sale Price

Rampage X-SC

$499.99

Shredder SC

$369.99

Shredder XB

$369.99

Avalanche XTE

$359.99

Monsoon XTE

$345.99

Hurricane XTE

$339.99

You can expect the lower pricing to last at least until April 15th. Get em while they Last!

The Parkflyers RC Spitfire Plane Owns the Sky

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Gadgets, RC Zone

An Actual Scale RC Version of the famous WW2 Supermarine Spitfire Plane

The Supermarine Spitfire Plane was a British fighter aircraft in service throughout the Second World War and beyond. A Much loved Aircraft by its pilots, the Spitfire was employed in several roles, including interceptor, photo-reconnaissance, fighter-bomber, carrier-based fighter, and trainer.

This Electric R/C Flier is a perfect representation of the Spitfire with extraordinary artwork.

The Spitfire is controlled by a 2.4GHZ spectrum technology radio/receiver system that blocks out any interference from other RC Pilots. This allows you complete comfort when performing the planes aerobatic movements like inside/outside loops, axial rolls, inverted flight, knife edge, stall turns, hammerheads, and spins.

Also included in the electric R/C plane’s arsenal of state of the art components are: a Brushless Outrunner High Torque Motor, Sensorless 20 amp Brushless Speed Control, and 1300mah 11.1 Volt Li-Po Battery Pack, and more.

The Anti-wind performance is good, allowing you to take off the Radio Control system completely during up-wind flight. lighter than other electric RC models of the same size and style, the spitfire’s lifting force is strong, while its glide is extremely stable.

The Rudder Facilitates easy lift off by aiding the steering of the plane while grounded.

Constructed with A Shock Resistant Reinforced fuselage with Strong Wings, the Spitfire can suffer a few hard landings without going Kamikaze.

Re-enact the Battle of Britain, or Pear Harbor, It just up to your imagination

The A Much loved Aircraft by its pilots, the Spitfire Plane was employed in several roles

The A Much loved Aircraft by its pilots, the Spitfire Plane was employed in several roles

Features:

  • Motor- Brushless 1200,
  • Radio: 4 chan 2.4 Ghz,
  • Servos- (4) Sub-micro,
  • Charger: A/C Peak 2-3 Cell,
  • Battery- 1300 mah Lipo 11.1v,
  • ESC: 20 Amp Brushless, Range- 4000 Feet
  • Wing Span- 35 inches,
  • Length- 32.5 inches,
  • Weight- 24 ounces,

What Do These Features Mean?

Radio: Digital Spectrum Technology is state of the art for radio control systems. A Globally Unique Identification Code (GUIC) is assigned to every radio transmitter when its made. The receiver is programmed to identify the unique code in what is called the ‘binding process’ essentially binding or locking the transmitter and receiver together when they turn on. This blocks out other codes or radio signals that could interfere with your aircraft causing it to crash. DSM technology also has a faster response time from the transmitter to the plane than PPM or PCM Radio systems, allowing for better control on 3D Acrobatics.

Motor: Brushless motors can be up to 300% more powerful than brushed motors since they work without friction, this means they last longer as well.

Kv Rating: Refers to Revolutions per Minute (RPM) per Volt, so the 1200Kv motor powered by the 11.1v Li-Poly battery (Li-Po) will yield 1200 x 11.1 = 13,320 RPM with no load

Li-Po: Stands for Lithium-ion Polymer (Li-Po) The newest major development in RC battery cell technology. Offering more power, and longer run times than NiCD and NiMH. Li-Po batteries have dramatically transformed the face of electric rc flight to the point where they are competing with Nitro fueled planes.

Electronic Speed Controls or ESCs, plug directly into your aircraft’s receiver throttle slot as opposed to linking to a servo. ESCs allow the maximum voltage through dependent on on the throttle stick position. The micro-processor in an ESC opens and closes tens of times a second to let the current pass, creating a much more efficient speed control than older mechanical versions

Servos: Generally each “Channel” controls a “servo”, and each “servo” controls a “Control Surface”. The Smaller and more accurate the servos, the better the performance of the aircraft.

Control Surfaces:

The Four Primary controls of an airplane are:

  • Throttle (motor control, or speed control. Think of propeller)
  • Elevator (Hinged section of the back of the tail that move up and down, when they are up the nose goes up for climbing, when they are down the nose goes down for diving. This is known as the pitch altitude)
  • Ailerons (Hinged sections of the back of the Wing for rolling. One side goes up while the other side goes down, this causes the roll motion)
  • Rudder (The Tail’s “FIN”). Used for steering, if the rudder turns left the plane foes right and vice versa)

These are collectively known as control surfaces, these are the same as those found on real airplanes and control the RC model in exactly the same way.

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