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Running your RC Nitro Cars in the winter

By Javed Khan Subscribe to RSS | March 15th 2012 | Views:

While it is true that playing around the snow and ice is and can be a lot of fun, it is important to take on some necessary precautions so as not to hurt or permanently damage your RC nitro cars. You should note that not every RC car is designed and capable to be run on difficult conditions like snow and ice, and maybe a mixture of both.

In general, people living in places with real winter may already know what the wet and cold can do to a regular car: the cold and wetness can empty starter batteries, cause steamy windows, frozen keyholes, and brittle plastic (or rubber) parts. And all of these things that you may observe on a real car may also happen to a regular RC nitro cars, with the exception of keyhole freezing.

You should note that your RC nitro cars is made of plastic, and as such can become brittle when subjected to low temperatures. And while it is true that you can overcome this difficulty by using allow parts during the cold months, changing your car’s body parts from plastic to allow may cause other problems because these alloys tend to bend. Also, the cold weather will thicken the oils and greases inside your car that will prevent it from running smoothly. In fact, it may not even run at all!

If you have already tried running RC nitro cars in the cold, then you would know that doing this is a bit of a task. This is because the different materials of the piston and the liner can either expands or shrinks at different rates and may even clamp or lock under the extremely low temperatures. In order to overcome this, you should store your RC nitro cars some place warm until the very last minute so that you may be able to keep the engine at a certain temperature before you run it.

If you have access to a power source, then you can use a hairdryer or even a heat gun so that you can heat the engine before using it. If you do this, you will notice that a pre-warmed engine will be able to fire up more easily than a cold one. However, you should also note that your engine would need longer warm up periods if you plan on running in low temperatures. Aside from this, you can always opt for choosing a hotter glow plug so that cold temperatures will have lesser effect on the ability of the car to ignite the fuel/air mixture.

Finally, try not to use dry cell battery holders and instead opt for a five-cell pack with soldered single cells. You should also always ensure that you use only the best connectors for your RC car. Aside from this notes, you may also tape up the vents or holes of your RC nitro cars to be able to conserve the heat and protect the heat sink from the cool air stream.

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