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Old 10-14-2002, 12:40 AM
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Hi All,

How do people clean there nitro cars??? I just cleaned mine after its first run by scraping off all the dirt I could see and then sprayed WD-40 all over (Is the WD-40 ok as I have like a 'rubber' compressable bit that the throttle linkage is hooked onto????)

One more question with after run oil..... Where EXACTLY do I put it as my manual that came with the car dosn't even mention it!!! I`ve put some in the section that is exposed when the air filters are removed (which where cleaned in hot soapy water and then oiled with WD-40) and a bit in the part that is exposed when you remove the glow plug, is this correct?

Will the WD-40 be ok sitting over the glow plug when I start it back up again or will I have to remove the excess???

May thanks for the help AGAIN LOL
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Old 10-14-2002, 03:00 AM
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Just an idea I had about cleaning my nitro whilst wating for responses......

Spray the car with water to clean all dirt and muck from it (The electronics are waterproofed), hairdry it lightly for 10mins and then give it a light misting with WD-40 to soak up the water left over??? Do you think this would be ok?

I`m just trying to think up of ways to speed up the cleaning process as it took me about 2hours to do it the first time and theres still little bits of dirt I can't quite get moved because they are in difficult places....
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When yuo clean your car, take out all teh electronics and the motor and spray it down with water. Then spray WD-40 on all the bearings so they dont rust. Put the after run in the carb. and turn the motor over, make sure theres no gas in it. You can also put some after run in the glow plug hole. When you clean your air filter, wash it in soapy water then let it dry over night. Then spray it with some air filter oil.
Dont get the electronics wet that make them all screwed up. What kind of car do you have, like in my 1/8th buggy, i just have to take 6 or 7 screws out from the bottom and all my electronics pop out. There are 4 screws for the motor.
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Old 10-15-2002, 02:07 AM
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.....I have a Schumacher XTR-3E (Desert Storm), it is FAST and I luv it
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Old 11-04-2002, 11:39 AM
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Do you have access to an air compressor? If you use water (I do for my off-roads) then keep it to the suspension only. Them blow excess off with compressed air. Spray with WD40 then blow off again. You can spray the entire car/truck with WD40. I would keep it away from the filter element and the fuel lines.
Put after run oil in AFTER you are done cleaning the rest of the car. Make sure the fueltank is drained. Use some motor spray or nitro wash to clean around the carb and glowplug areas. Put 5-10 drops into the carb opening (remove filter 1st) turn motor over for a few seconds. Remove glow plug and put 2-3 drops inside engine. If you have a starter box you can skip the oil in the cylinder as the starter box will turn the engine over fast enough to spread the oil around. When you done put the fuel pressure line from the muffler to hold the lid open for a few days to let the tank dry out.
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Fill a spray bottle with methanol, spray it on, then wipe it off. I works great and the car comes up stik and span. Just be carefull with you electronics, try not to drown them!
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Methanol make a GREAT nitro cleaner. About 68% of r/c car fuel is methanol. Nitro Wash is mostly methanol. Straight Methanol can be found in the Airplane fuels section of your hobby shop. About $10 a gallon vs $6+ a quart for nitro wash.
Just keep out of air filter and electronics.

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