Troubleshooting Rc Nitro Cars

Troubleshooting Problems with RC Nitro Cars
Anyone who has brought RC Nitro cars will need to know how to look after them and take care of them. RC Nitro cars are slightly more complicated than electric RC vehicles, but this shouldn't be a problem. Taking time to diagnose and fix various RC Nitro cars problems will help to make your car run much smoother and more reliably.

Trouble Steering
If you are experiencing trouble steering your RC Nitro cars then this could be because of a number of different problems. These problems include:

- Remote Control Problems
- Servo Problems
- Problem with Link between servo and Steering
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Remote Control
It could potentially be a broken switch in the remote control for the RC Nitro Cars. You can test if this is the case by manually moving the steering link to see if the wheels move.

Servos
This could also be a problem with the servos inside the RC Nitro Cars. The servos are small electric motors which are controlled by the remote control. If these servos are faulty then they will not be controlling the steering as they should be.

Connector
The normal cause of this problem with RC Nitro Cars is because the actual link between the servo and the steering controls need replacing or adjusting. These are often a ball joint connector which has a screw thread for adjustment.

Trouble Accelerating
RC Nitro Cars work in the same way as your car; they have a mechanical acceleration control which simply allows more fuel and air into the engine to make it spin faster. If there are problems accelerating RC Cars then it could be due to a number of problems:

- Servo Problems
- Problems with the Acceleration Link Connector
- Mechanical Accelerator is Stuck open/closed

Servo Problems
Servos are responsible for receiving the information from the remote control and opening the acceleration valve on Nitro RC Cars. If the servo is broken or needs adjustment then this would be one reason you may have trouble accelerating.

Connector
A connector links the servo to the actual control on your engine. If this is bent, damaged or become loose then it could be another reason why RC Nitro cars will have problems accelerating.

Accelerator Stuck
The accelerator is actually a valve which allows more air into the engine, if this is stuck then it can prevent the servo from being able to do its job. Try to manually loosen the valve if this has happened.

Trouble Starting the RC Nitro Cars
A very common problem with RC Nitro cars is that they either won't start or are very difficult to start. There are a number of potential reasons why this can affect RC Nitro cars which you will need to consider.

- Air/Fuel Mix
- Air Filter Blocked
- Faulty Glow Plug
- Faulty Glow Plug Charger
- Fuel Leak

Air/Fuel Mix
There will be a small adjuster located somewhere on your engine which is an Air/Fuel mixer. This is normally a small screw which can be tightened or loosened to change the amount of fuel allowed into the engine. This will need adjusting to be as efficient as possible while still starting reliably and burning cleanly.

If the Fuel mix is not set correctly then this can make it difficult or impossible to start your RC Nitro Cars.

Air Filter Blocked
Like any engine, Nitro RC Cars need air in order to burn the fuel. Without access to air your car will not be able to breathe which will cause the engine to cut out. Try to clean the air filter by dropping the sponge into a small container of nitro fuel and then waiting until it's dry. If it's too badly damaged then this might need replacing.

Faulty Glow Plug
RC Nitro Cars use a glow plug in a similar way to a spark plug in a petrol car. If this is damaged or not working correctly then it will prevent your car starting.

Faulty Glow Plug Charger
The glow plug charger is used to provide the glow plug with electricity so that it can heat up and burn the fuel. If the charger itself is faulty then your glow plug won't be getting the power that it needs to heat up.

Fuel Leaks
The fuel is transported from your fuel tank to your engine through a series of thin flexible plastic tubes. If any of these are damaged then it can allow air inside and fuel to leak outside. Replace the tubes and bleed the engine to remove any air locks.

RC Nitro cars shouldn't be that difficult to keep on the track as long as you bear these few simple troubleshooting tips in mind.

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