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If you have an RC vehicle that uses a nitro-powered engine, you should be aware that it can be damaged if not stored properly during extended periods of inactivity. Extended storage can include more than a few months of inactivity such as when winter has arrived or when you know you will not be racing your RC vehicle. There are many delicate parts inside your RC vehicle that can be prone to rust and seizing up. Parts like pistons, engine bearings, and rods. Here are some tips on how to store your engine:

1. Inspection. Now would be a great time to give your vehicle a close inspection for any possible damage that has occured during the racing season. Look for any cracked or damaged parts, missing glue and screws, and repair if needed. Also be sure to look at the shocks and suspension as these parts are the most susceptible to damage and wear during RC racing. While you are at it, take a soft, damp cloth and give the RC body a quick wipe down to remove any built-up dirt that has accumulated.

2. Empty all the fuel from the fuel tank. This can be done by running the vehicle until all the fuel has been consumed, or by simply disconnecting the fuel line and draining the remaining liquid. This is a very important step because unused fuel can develop deposits that can seriously harm your engine. Another point to consider is when the remaining fuel in the tank eventually evaporates, it can cause degradation to components and further promote rusting.

3. Add after-run oil into carburetor. It is a good idea to add some after run oil to your RC's engine. Read the label provided by the manufacturer for instructions on how to do this simple step. You will need to add a small amount of the after-run oil in the carburetor. You should then operate the transmitter a few times to circulate the oil in the carburetor and to make sure it gets distributed onto all components.

4. Add after-run oil into engine. Now that you have added some oil into the carburetor, you should add a small amount into the engine itself to properly coat rings, the combustion chamber, and rods. This acan be accomplished by removing the glow plug with needle-nose pliers and then pouring the after run oil directly into the engine. Once this is done, make sure to pull on the engine starter a number of times to circulate the oil within the engine and coat all parts.


5. Remove batteries. As a preventative measure, it is advisable to remove any batteries that your RC vehicle uses for the receiver. Batteries can sometimes leak and cause permanent damage to your vehicle so removing them when preparing for storage is also a good idea.

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