Taking Care of
your Nitro Car
Nitro cars are everyone’s passion. But at the same time they require
regular maintenance. A small touch up and little handling would increase
car life and bag more accolades in racing events.
To clean Nitro car the most appropriate thing is to use a Denatured
Alcohol in a plastic spray bottle. Nitro cleaners available at the local
hardware stores can also be used. It is always helpful to have some
kind of compressed air source for air drying the car and also to blow
your car clean.
Air filter also needs regular cleaning. Usually you can make out when
it needs cleaning but every five tanks is what is needed. One can wash
it with soapy water or with a nitro fuel and reapply the air filter
oil. But it may not be such a good idea to clean the air filter element.
This is because there lies a fair chance that dirt can get washed into
the foam element where it may get sucked into the engine. And meddling
with engine is truly not advisable, isn’t it..? Although it may be okay
to wash outer foam element in case of two stage air filter but never
the inner. The best way is never to wash the foam elements. It is always
advisable to replace them.
Always check out if the engine is too hot. If there is a nice stream
of smoke coming out of the exhaust then it might be a case that your
engine is fuming. Better option is to buy a temperature gun make sure
that the engine runs between 220F – 260F. It is always better to run
on the rich side unless one wants to regularly replace engines.
It would be a nice idea to glue the tires to the rims. This seems like
the easiest and the cheapest idea to get the maximum performance out
of your tires. Glue can be bought easily from any of the local It may
seem expensive that you might need to buy a new pair of rim for every
new pair of tires but in the long run one would find out that it is
There may be several ways of stopping the engine as well. You can pinch
a fuel line, plug the exhaust or stop the fly wheel with the shoe. Stopping
the fly wheel with the thumb is the best way out though. It does not
drain or flood the engine. But one has to make sure to leave the piston
at the bottom of the stroke.
Or checking the speed of the Nitro car radar is nice option. If you
are looking for cheaper option then stop watch may be the solution.
Whether it is an RTR or a kit, to prevent the lost screws and broken
parts remove any screws that go into the metal and apply thread lock.
Some companies do it in the factory but some don’t. The only way to
make sure that it is done is to do it yourself. This stops the screws
from being vibrated out.
Lastly, if your car had a crash and there seems to be no obvious damage,
nonetheless, it would be good idea to give a complete rain check on
it. Check out wheel alignments, bent metal parts, loosened screws; these
should be checked as normal routine. Give a few test runs and look for
any obvious abnormalities that were not visible before the crash.
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