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6 Dos and Don’ts of Starting Nitro-Powered RC Engine

To ensure safety and get better understanding when it comes to starting your RC engine, let’s start with the dos and don’ts, as well as the common mistakes that beginners made, and that you should avoid.

1. Don’t pull the starter if the RC engine is flooded.

If you do so, the pull starter will snap. You will know if it’s flooded when you find it hard or difficult to pull the starter cord.

The step you need to do when this happens is to get the excess fuel out of the RC engine by removing the glow plug, and then turn your RC car upside down.

Give the starter a couple of pulls to make the excess fuel comes out from the engine.

It’s also very important to keep in mind not to pull the starter out more than 20 centimetres. If you do so, it will bend the spring or snap the cord, or both.

2. Do always start your RC car with the wheels off the ground.

This will help avoid melting the nylon drive gears of your car. Make sure that the wheels can spin freely when starting the RC engine.

You can start the engine by supporting the chassis with a brick or something that can elevate it above the ground.

3. Don’t restrain the wheel from spinning freely using your hand or other object.

Again it can result to melting the nylon drive gears of your car in less than 30 seconds. Just ensure that the wheels can spin freely at all times.

4. Do always check to make sure the brake is off.

Before you start the car, be sure the brake is off. Check if it is off by pushing the RC car forward with the engine off and the transmitter on idle position.

If it’s hard to push that means the brake is on. This can result to overheating and melting the nylon gears. Put the brake off before you start the car.

Beware also from turning the throttle on the radio transmitter too low and putting the brake on accidentally.

5. Don’t leave the glow heater/igniter on the glow plug.

If you’re not starting the engine, be sure to get the glow heater or igniter off the glow plug. The glow plug will burn out very quickly if you don’t do so. Only put it on when you are ready to start the RC engine.

6. Do always check if the screws are tight.

Check the screws, engine head bolts and glow plug and make sure they are tight in place. If they are loose the RC engine will lose compression and you will find it hard to prime and start the engine.

Thank you for your time reading.

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