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How To Store Your RC Car Correctly

Article by Hunter Wick

Storing your car - what's the big deal? What could hurt it while it just sits there, not even being driven? Well, a lot of things can happen to your RC car while it is in storage. This article will explain how to properly store your nitro and electric RC cars.

So why does it matter how your car is stored? First of all, the foams in your rc tires can flatten, possibly rendering them ruined and unbalanced. Secondly, the springs on your car's suspension can become compressed and not function like they used to because the spring rate has been changed, altering your car's precise tuning, which is especially important for racers. Several other things can occur during storage and are specific to nitro or electric.

Nitro cars and gas powered cars are some of the most difficult to store for long periods of time because engines don't like to sit for a long time without being run. There are several things you can do, though, to make that nitro engine purr the first run after storage. For nitro powered cars, make sure to use after-run oil after every run, especially when storing for a long period of time. Secondly, be sure to clean all fuel lines and the fuel tank to make sure no debris is left in them which can clog the carburetor on the next run. You might even go as far as to give the carburetor a good cleaning, if this hasn't been done recently. Lastly when storing a gas or nitro powered car, be sure to empty all the fuel from the car, as it will go bad after a while, leaving you with a funky running engine next time you go to run. Remember, nitro is actually corrosive to your engine, so this step is especially important for nitro users.

Electric rc cars in general are much easier to store than nitro or gas, so storing an electric powered kit isn't quite as big of a deal. First of all, it's a good idea to clean your whole car and refill all the fluids like shock oil and differential fluid. Secondly, check all electronics and make sure they are in working order and will be ready to run when it comes out of storage. Lastly, be sure to store your batteries correctly. Depending on the battery chemistry your car utilizes, this step will differ, but it is always important to follow all manufacturers' instructions.

Now that you have an idea what precautions you should take when storing your car, be sure to put this knowledge in action. One of the best tips is to store your car hanging on the wall, as this will prevent the suspension from being compressed and your foams from being damaged, regardless of whether your car is nitro or electric. Now, go back there and make sure your car is stored correctly!

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