Remove the clutch bell and give the shoes a look to see if they are
worn. You’ll know that it’s time to replace them when you see the
tops of the springs starting to wear. If you’re running aluminum shoes,
check for galling; this will cause the clutch shoe to hang up or not
engage properly with the clutch bell. A small file can take care of your
galling issue. Use it to knock o; the edge that has built up and your
shoes will be ready for another race.
Clutch bearings often fail due to the extreme
loads being put on them by the clutch bell and
spur gear. Give the clutch bell a spin to make
sure that it rotates freely. If it doesn’t, you have
a bad bearing. It’s a good idea to go ahead and
replace both at the same time.
Just like the wires in an electric car,
the fuel lines are protected from the
elements, but there’s still a chance
for damage to occur. A slip of a
screwdriver can poke a hole in it, or
vibration can cause them to rub and
wear through or rub up against the
rotating parts of the drivetrain. Fuel
line is inexpensive, so make sure that
you change it out whenever you see
the slightest amount of damage.
;e fuel line can be punctured easily, and air
bubbles in the lines can cause you a lot of
Take a look at the side of your tank at
the seam to make sure that it remains
properly sealed. Another area of
concern with a fuel tank is near the
exhaust. ;ere’s a chance that the
pipe can move and come in contact
with the fuel tank. ;at area can melt
or be rubbed through by the pipe.
Also, open up the lid on the tank and
make sure that the O-ring is sealing
When looking the tank over, don’t forget to
check the O-ring seal under the lid.
No matter what the conditions were that you
were running in, your air filter will need to be
cleaned to get the best possible performance
out of your engine. Give the filter a good scrub
with soap and water, let it dry, then make sure
that you get some air-filter oil on it to help the
filter trap debris.
much but the clutch
is already showing signs of
wear. It’s always a good idea
to check the clutch before you
head out for your next race.
;e clutch bearings are a failure point on any nitro-powered vehicle’s drivetrain. Give them a spin to make
sure that they are working as they should.
Even if the filter looks clean, it will benefit from a good
cleaning. Don’t forget that add some air-filter oil once it
FINAL WORD Once you get through this list, you will be ready to hit the track. It doesn’t take long to complete, and you’ll have peace of
mind when you get to the track so that you can stay focused on practicing or making changes to get your vehicle dialed. ;ese are the steps that
I personally take to get my vehicles ready to go every time I race, and I almost never su;er a breakdown at the track. Now, I just need to figure
out how to get on top of the podium! ✇
SOURCE Dynamite dynamiterc.com
A lot of these checks will work for you nitro guys, but
there are some specific ones that you should also take a
look at before filling up and firing up that engine.