car: TA04 with most hop ups
ESC: Futaba MC600C Pro Sport ESC
motor: 540 silver can
batterys: 3000 team orion stick pack x2, GP3300 Fukuyama stick pack x2,
charger: CDC V6.0B
symptoms: get on the track with a freshly charged pack, at first the car is punchy and goes great, but over time the car feels like it is slowly loosing power, it is very slow and linear, it does not happen in one go,
if I take the car off the track and leave it for a while then come back and try again again it does the same thing,
We have tried a number of things to try to isolate the problem,
3 different 540 motors, both with and without diode
resetting the ESC about 6 times
my batterys being charged on someone elses CDC charger
using other persons batterys charged on my charger
resoldering conections to Deans plug
running at my local track normal 540 4WD 5min race this is what my track time is per lap in seconds (I am going off what I remembered looking at the printout)
I have also spoken to at least a dozen pro's at my local track and most have no idea what it could be, some are pointing at the ESC,
could a bad solder connection cause this sort of problem?
Sounds like a bad ESC... simple enough to check, just borrow one from somebody, throw in the same motor and same batteries. If the symptom goes away, the problem is with your esc... if it stays, maybe its your packs... try somebody elses pack.
Just want to tell you I have more or less same problem, or even worst, for a brand new MC600C.
Actually I run it on a silver can motor to break in my new TB Evo 3 SE. I run it very very slow for 3 packs of batt. As speed is so low, I don't realize any problem. After that I try to reduce the lap time with full throttle at strait. The first 2 laps, the MC600 works perfect. 3rd to 8the lap, you feel the car slow down and throttle refuse to response quick. Within 2 laps, the car totally stopped.
I just pick up the car and try to find out what happened on the working table. The ESC is hot (compared with MC800). After I let it rest for 10 minutes and cool down. The MC600 runs for another 2 lap in great performance, then ...... I totally tried 3 times, and results are the same.
Finally I change to MC800, everything goes alright. So the conclusion is problem is come from MC600 with no question.
It is really disappointted for a brand new ESC. Especially, it comes from the name of Futaba who give me good image on MC800.
Hope I can assist in answering this question with some possibilites.
first of, I do believe since you've already tried the above the your ESC is at fault. Probably one or more of the internal mosfet is overheating to a point where it can't take any current so whatever goes in will only dissapate with some mosfet not functioning.
two would be your gearing ration might be too high causing the motor to overheat and loose it's magnetic force causing the slowdown of your motor. This depends on what you're geared at but seldomly the case.
The best suggestion I have for you is to get a smally accurate temp probe/gun first probe your esc, then run your car a few laps to a point where it'll slow down and probe to see what the temp it again. I really suspect your it's your esc so you migh even want to open up the esc case (warning!: warranty may void once open) and see if one or more of your internal mosfet is burned up. You can also tell if you open it up by looking at it and see if some of the solder is spattered around the legs. Good luck and hope this helps.
Based on the similar problems others have had with the MC600, I would write to Futaba once you have definetely found the ESC is the problem, and ask them to fix it. Maybe offer to pay some extra and get an MC800.
In my experience ESC manufacturers are pretty good with waranty claims.
when running the car at the track for about 10 laps, I pulled it off and some of the local pro's checked the temp of the motor and ESC (by hand) they all said that the temps of both components were well below a dangerous level, (i.e that was not the problem)
I believe that it must be a faulty ESC,
time to return it to Andy at Hobby Mania (he does accept returns I hope)