Originally Posted by jmartinez1228
Whats up guys. Im completely new to the RC world so I have a few questions. I recently got a Team Associated RC10Gt car and the guy i got it from said it needs a new pull start, glow plug and glow plug charger. He also said instead of the pull start i can pickup some kind of automatic starter ramp thing i have no idea what he was talking about. Anyways Im not exactly sure what I should be getting so can you guys tell me what i should be looking for and what to get and not get? Please keep in mind i know nothing about this stuff so plain english works for me
The pullstarter on your car is simply a spring wound pull chord much like the one on a lawn mower. It resides on the other side of your engine's block and crank plate and the transfer occurs by a oneway roller bearing housed in a nut that slides over the sealed protruded end of your engine's crank
Repairing a Pull Start can be the most frustrating of the learning experiences one can tackle. Its the first thing I had to learn about Nitro RC and it's a matter of first checking to see what really is broken.
On to what goes wrong...
The chord may be snapped, in which case using a braided nylon chord such as Picture frame hanging chord of similar gauge will do.
The spring may be broken, and it's going to be very likely it's broken near the lugs, there are two, one on the outer circumference, and one at the origin of the coil. If the coil is broken you can carefully cut it, (it's hardened steel) and carefully bend and shape the end.
If the plastic lugs are broken, or the hosuing is damaged, then it's a replacement option, there's no fix to this and superglue isnt going to help.
Remove the engine and the four screws that hold the plastic housing of the pullstart from the engine's block. It's likely you'll have the dreaded "BOING" and end up with a coiled mess in your hands.
Inspect the pullstarter, the one way bearing on the crank, the hex on the plastic chord spool, the spring and the lugs/slots where the spring coils on, determine the problem and get back to me if you think it's either the chord or the spring.
PS: (been meaning to write an article on how to rewind a pullstart - might be the right time)
PPS: I think buying a starter box might be a premature option atm. A glow plug and glow starter is most definitely a priority on the shopping list.