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Common Parts Found in RC Cars

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When you take a look at the mechanical aspect of radio controlled vehicles, you would be surprised to know that they are very complex under the hood. If you seriously want to get into RC vehicles as a hobby, you will need to be aware of what all the parts do since RC racing is a very high maintenance hobby, and a lot of parts ca break easily. Here is a quick rundown of the parts that you will need to keep your eye on or keep spares handy.

Pinion Gear – This small toothed cog is used to connect with the spur gear and drive the transmission. If your batteries run hot then that is a sign that you will have to change the pinion gear.

Suspension Arms – These connect to the axle carriers, and both of these parts can be quite problematic it certain models such as the MERV (mini E-Revo) monster truck. If your vehicle land at an awkward angle on the wheel, these can break, and they are a lot of hassle to change out.

Shock Towers – Support the suspension and join the oil filled shock absorbers to the chassis. Certain trucks such as the Traxxas Stampede and Rustler can break their shock tower at the back quite easily after a big jump, so it is a good idea to have spares.

Servo – motor that allows the wheels to turn left and right – the steering in other words. You don’t want to break this!

Servo Saver – this is a part that is actually designed to break easily. It prevents the servo from breaking by absorbing all of the impact. This can break very often, so make sure you have a lot of parts.

Certain models are hardier than others – a Traxxas Stampede RTR will break a lot less frequently than a Revo. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these parts!