4. Dust off the chassis anD electronics
Use a brush or air compressor to dust off the electronics. Dust entering the
electronics cases can cause the units to malfunction, so sweeping off surface
debris will prevent future damage. If your vehicle or electronics include them,
using rubber caps to seal-off unused receiver ports is an easy way to keep
8. check for loose screws
The vibrations of a moving vehicle can cause screws to work themselves
loose, especially where metal-to-metal contact occurs. Use the correct size
drivers to ensure that all of the fasteners are tight, preventing anything from
coming completely loose during your next run. If you find a missing screw or
nut, replace it before hitting the dirt again.
5. check the wheels/tires
Using the 4-way wrench that came with your vehicle, unscrew the wheel
nuts and remove the wheels. Remove any debris that has accumulated
around the drive axle end, and make sure the tires are completely glued to
the wheels. If the tires start coming unglued, simply use a dab of thin CA to
reattach the section.
6. spin the Drivetrain
Throughout the course of a run, small debris like rocks and sticks (or in this
case, an entire tree) can lodge themselves in the drive axles and suspension components. After every run, pick up the vehicle and spin the drivetrain.
It should roll smoothly without binding. If you see anything caught in the
moving parts, remove it before it works its way deeper into the drivetrain or
3. remove the boDy
With the power safely off, unclip the body and remove it. Using a paint
brush or rag, wipe the inside and outside surfaces clean. Next, inspect
the body posts or small cracks or wear. If there is any damage, it is easy
and inexpensive to replace body posts.
7. inspect the shocks
Inspect the shocks after every run. Make sure oil isn’t leaking onto the
boot and that none of the preload spacers are missing. Actuate the
suspension by hand and feel for binding. If any parts are missing, replace
them. If a shock is leaking, don’t panic; they probably just need a simple
rebuild and O-ring change.