If you own a RC car, then cleaning it up is the most important thing to ensure it is up and running for tackling situations and courses of all nature. A well-cleaned RC car will perform efficiently and appear to be nicely kept. If you have never cleaned your RC car before, it could be quite an intimidating task. We will guide you in this post how to clean your RC like a thorough professional.
Separate the cleaning process
As discussed above, cleaning your RC car can be rather frightening. However, it is prudent to segregate it into different stages as it will minimize the hassle involved in it and it will also provide you with a detailed line of action.
Here is a recommended guideline for you to follow:
- Detach tires
- Remove plastic components
- Remove electronic components
Here is a list of tools that you will be needing:
- Blow dryer or compressed air
- Electric motor cleaner
- RC lubricant
Part 1: Start to clean the entire car
Step 1: How to disassemble the RC car
Here are a couple of things that you need to keep in mind:
- Keep all the screws and bolts in a separate compartment so that they do not get lost during the cleaning process. Make parts and remember where they go, how they fit into different sections and how they can be put together
- Take photographs before and after each step and helps you remember in case you forget
Firstly, remove the plastic components such as the lid and put it aside. Next, remove the wheels and place them in another location aside from the plastic parts. Then, remove any protective enclosure over the engine. Some of the RC cars are waterproof devices that do not come with any protective cloth or covering.
It is also a good idea to remove any parts that are not waterproof and are likely to get damaged by water. Because later on in the process, we will be using water to clean the RC car. Next, disconnect the battery from its harness and place it away from the rubble so that it does not get damaged by water during the cleaning process.
Step 2: Wash the wheels
Wheels are of vital significance to your RC car as they are responsible for providing the requisite traction to the car during motion. Take your wheels to a sink nearby. It is now time to use the soap and the toothbrush mentioned above in the tools required. Turn the spout on and we want the water to be at a warm temperature. Blistering hot water is not what we want, neither do we want freezing cold one. Slightly warm water would do wonders to the cleaning process.
Start to water the tires under the water spout and sooth them. Clean them with your hands and take time to do so. Once you believe that they have been cleaned enough, apply some soap to the tires. Rub it all over the tire and ensure that it is dispersed evenly around it. Once the soap has been applied to the entire tire, begin washing it under the spout and rinse it all along.
Take the toothbrush and while the warm water is still pouring over the tire, use the toothbrush to wipe away any undesired particles of dirt and grime that might have accumulated on the tires. Don’t be too harsh while rubbing the tires with the brush as it is this stage that will ensure enhanced performance and longer life of the tires.
Ensure that you clean the inner part of the rims and virtually the entire tires. Once you have cleaned all the tires, put them aside to dry up. You can let the tires air dry naturally or use some piece of cloth to manually dry them up. It is now time that we moved on to the next step.
Step 3: Wash the plastic body parts
While the tires are drying up, it is now time to wash the plastic body parts. It is not advisable to use abrasive brushes to clean them up since it could cause scratches and damage them. You may use soap to clean the plastic parts while water is pouring over them from the spout. Rinse them gently and clean the exterior and underbody of the plastic parts. Dry them up well since you do not want water to remain behind and damage them extensively in the long run.
Part 2: Cleaning the engine and car frame
Step 1: Wash the desired parts
Using slightly warm water, wash the desired parts of the RC car under the sink while rinsing gently so that you are able to wipe away any dirt and grime that may have accumulated over time. Try to use hands and avoid tugging any wires during the process to rinse the car. The water pressure should get the dirt removed away while the remaining dirt can be removed easily with the help of hands. You may apply soap to some parts for thorough cleaning and take your time to clean it appropriately. Where wiring is not present, you may as well use toothbrush. With the help of a toothbrush, you can remove dirt from areas where it could not be removed by rinsing with hands.
Step 2: Dry
The RC car can be dried either using compressed air or hair dryer. Stand a little away from the car while using either of the two devices to properly channel the air flow towards the appropriate part and remove any part of dirt that could not be exterminated during the washing process.
Ensure that when you use a hair dryer, no part of the RC car gets melted because of the heat. Moreover, if you are using compressed air, keep the pressure Per Square Inch as low as possible so that you do not tear away the car’s body and components. A rag or piece of cloth can be the ideal alternative to compressed air or hair dryer. Now, place the car’s body and engine compartment aside to get dried as you move on to cleaning the electric motor.
Part 3: Clean the electric motor
Once the engine compartment and the body have been removed, you will need to unloose a number of screws to access the motor. Remove the positive and ground plugs from the battery and the pinion gear. Place the pinion gear somewhere safe since you won’t be cleaning it up. Remove motor and get your hands on the can of electric motor cleaner. Sprinkle the solution into the holes of the electric motor and rinse it properly. Do not spray at the positive and ground wires. The cleaning solutions seeps through the bottom of the engine which is common and you need not to worry about it.
Spray the cleaning solution twice on the electric motor and dry it up with the help of a paper towel. Once the motor has been dried up, put a little RC lubricant on it.
Part 4: Re-assemble
Now it is time to put all the parts together. Place the electric motor into its position and fasten it properly along with the pinion gear. Spray some WD-40 in some places to add extra lubrication and water displacement. Ensure that everything part has been dried up and start to fasten the cables into one another.
Now use cable zip ties or fasteners to make the wiring a bit tidier. Attach the plastic parts and then the wheels. Ensure that the cable inputs were placed right and everything is well cleaned up and lubricated.
Cleaning and maintaining your RC car regularly is important to ensure its efficiency and durability. If you clean your car regularly, it will also help you get to know more about your car, your hobby and let you enjoy every bit of it.
It is generally advised to clean the motor every fifteen uses, and the remaining car as and when required. Cleaning the car depends on the way you use it, the terrains where you drive the car, the duration of usage and other physical aspects. In contrast to driving on pavements, if you drive your car in muddy locations, you will definitely have to clean the car more frequently.
Once you get a gist of the basic procedure, cleaning the RC car is not a hard nut to crack. We have tried to provide you a step by step guide on how to clean your RC car so that you can own a nice looking, well-kept and efficient piece of technology.