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How do you clean your RC?

Discussion in 'Tools' started by WoodiE, Nov 16, 2016.

  1. slick2500

    slick2500 Well-Known Member

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    Water displacement 40th formula.
     
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    Of course! But have you seen what water does to your rc after wd40 has been applied and dried to plastics and metals? Cleaning your bearings is a completely different application.
     
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    some people use wd 40 on the plastics on purpose to soften the plastic which isnt a bad thing when it comes to a arms except for the threaded points allows for a slight flex to help absorb shock better instead of cracking.
     
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    Can I use motor oil on bearings, Marlin grease, or shocks oil?
     
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    I like 3n1 oil or Bones Speed Cream. The Speed cream is what I have used in my Skates and Skate Boards for ever. 3n1 oil has always worked well. However, I have not ever cleaned the bearings in my Kraton. I figure if you have to tear down the whole car to replace all the bearings, you may as well put new bearings in. Fast Eddies are $25, so for the extra time saved by not having to clean the bearings I figure I save money by just replacing them every so often.
     
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    This works for wheel bearings. The diff outdrive bearings, though, you don't want to run to failure. If they fail, they will destroy your diff very quickly - normally faster than you will realize there is a problem.
     
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    I sadly found this out the hard way, when replacing my bearings, when I opened up my rear diff case it was full of a concoction of lithium grease and metal shavings, my rear diff output gear is basically a stub all because the stock outer bearing failed, the inners were still in excellent condition though.
    I do believe my bearing failure to be caused by the dirt at the homemade rc track I recently started running my cars there when I got my RC10B2 over the summer. Every single car since I have started running there has started to eat bearings. I ran my Summit there once and it sounded like a S10 Blazer with bad body mounts afterwards.
     
  8. KrazyKraton14

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    Spray degreaser.
    Hose it down
    Air hose it after
    Make sure everyone dry

    Then
    Spray with wd40
    Then air hose the residue out
     

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    mobile one synthetic grease works for the diffs on the outside gears that rest inside the bigger housing. Not to be confused with the internal silicone weighted diff fluid.
     
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    I use to detail cars so I have a lot left over from that so you guys may not know what some of this stuff but here it goes.
    1. Remove wheels and tires and hit with air compressor
    2. Spray down with Optimum Power Clean 50/50 allow to dwell.
    3. Rinse with steamer
    4. Small bucket with car wash and Swiss Wax paint brush style detail brush. Grab suds off top and go to town on entire truck.
    5. Rinse with steamer (avoid bearings directly)
    6. Dry with 5hp shop vac
    7. Final dry with microfiber towel
    8. Same process with wheels and tires.
    9. Spray entire truck with Moo-Slick and let dry for about 20 minutes
    10. Even out Moo-Slick and work into corners and tight areas with paint brush
    11. Final wipedown with microfiber towel
    12. same process on wheels and tires
    13. put wheels and tires back on.
    It looks brand new.

    Eventually going to soak pivot balls with molykote.
     
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    Can it b sprayed Down with a water holes
     
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    Yeah, it should be fine to spray it with a hose. I would try to avoid directly spraying the ESC...I know it says it's waterproof but why drench it if you don't have to?
     
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    Be sure to lube all bearings with proper bearing oil after cleaning... A bit of water with cleaner will screw up the old oil, and then the bearing dies quickly. See also, WD40 warnings Post #11.
     
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    @Jerry-rigged can I remove the stock bearings seal? I see it is metal seal!
     
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    Off hand, I don't remember if the seal is crimped or held in with a retaining clip. If it has the ring clip, you can use a needle or xacto tip to pop it out - find the gap in the ring, it is cut on an angle, so one side is impossible, the other will pop out easy with the needle. Gotta play with it and examine carefully. Once the ring is out, the shield will come out easy. If the shield is crimped in place, then you are SOL, just blast it with carb cleaner best you can, spin it, blast, repeat till either it spins good or is hopeless.

    It is very nice to have a good set of bearings on hand. When you do the car cleaning, just swap in the good ones. Then clean & lube the old ones later. The ones that clean up good go back into the good pile for next cleaning / rebuild, the bad ones get trashed. Avid-RC are my favorite, but Fast Eddies are great too.
     
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