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Old 01-30-2014, 10:34 AM   #1
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Hi Everone

Need to put up a list of maintenance work for an onroad car, other than bearing it seems everything else should be pretty long life unless there is a crash and damage it.

I could think of maintenance list, this is just regular maintenance, not include replace bad parts, of course you break some thing you got to replace it.

* Check and Change bearing - how long the drive train bearing would last?
* Change Diff oil - every how often?
* Change shock oil - how often?
* Belt - untill they get loose, but how long you need adjust.

I will be running on asphalt parking lot.

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run it until it breaks?
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:07 AM   #3
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Some like to tear apart their car after each run. (Ouch). Some even change bearings after every run. (Double ouch).

Some (lazy me included - but I only bash, no track around) run until it breaks or I can tell by the sound of it that something is definitely wrong. Once or maybe twice a year, when I'm really bored, I may take it apart and clean it.

I think you should put more emphasis on the "go out and have fun" part than on the "maintenance planning" part
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Blow off dirt and grime with compressed air, oil where oil is needed, run, repeat.
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Fix on fail. The car almost always tells you when something's wrong.
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Unless you're sponsored, fix on fail works !!!
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Blow off dirt and grime with compressed air, oil where oil is needed, run, repeat.
Agreed. Fix on fail as well.

There are a few items I check for wear (now that I know to look for them):

1. Outdrive cups/blades (check for wear/notching)
2. Double check arms and caster blocks (tiny cracks suck)
3. ECS's for play/lube
4. Roll centers (on my T3 I check these almost every run as they have a tendency to loosen up a bit in the front over time)
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Old 01-30-2014, 03:08 PM   #8
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+1 on fix on fail. Great way to put it.

I will check ride height, camber, toe, and droop on a race day and continue to watch it during the run. If I don't have any major wrecks, I'll just sauce the tires and go.

That's one of the awesome things about Xray though
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If its an xray, just drive it till you feel like it has to be changed. Or it breaks. Do check bearings, they fail in a crash.
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my bash cars get cleaned every time they get back after a bash session but thats it,my race car gets too much attention,after 2 meetings all the bearings come out get washed with cleaner then a light oil is applied,very free running gear,then all the settings are checked and tweaked if necessary,this gets done after every other run,shocks get fresh oil every 3/4 meetings,it gets a blast from the compressor after every run ,i also check for debris that gets stuck to the diff and can snap a belt when using the airgun ,my race car is always spotless,i dont even have ocd
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fix on fail!

That statement is fail. That's like saying it might break or fail in the main or a good qualifying run.

After every race I re-bleed shocks, re-grease axles, and clean out bearings.
Race day I check tweak and maybe loose screws after every run.

I'd rather run my car knowing it can finish a run than it being unknown when it will break or fail.
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Unless you're sponsored, fix on fail works !!!
+1 on that. Apart from 1 bearing, I have a 1st gen xray t3 with all its original parts and it still handles like new.
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change the shocks oil when its get too dirty looks.
diff oil every 2 races.
for the bearings.... clean when its gritty, replace it when its still gritty or if theres a slop.
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Maintenance is all about personal preference. I replace parts when I spot something that doesn't look quite right or seems to have too much play. I check bearings once a month. Diff bearings get checked when I have the case apart which is pretty rare. I've only had 1 diff bearing ever fail on me and it was an outdrive bearing on an SC10.

I blow off the whole kit after every run, check screws, look for cracked parts, make sure my hinge pins aren't coming out (TC3 have a tendency to loosen up) and really that's about it. I'll check camber and toe every time I get to the track then keep checking it during the day, especially after a race that was rough.
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Obviously I check to see if any parts are getting kinda quesfionable, especially rear hubs and steering knuckles. If I feel those are getting kinda loose/stripped, I'll replace them. However, I really don't think its necessary to go through bearings and redo my shocks and clean my diffs after every single day at the track. We run on carpet so I do make sure to blow the car off after every run to prevent fuzz and stuff from clogging up the drive train, but besides that, I don't do much maintenance at all.
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