Remote control cars and vehicles are the epitomai of fun that is until they no longer run! Many problems can be repaired at home with a few basic tools, a bit of patience, and a keen eye in figuring out what is wrong.
Assembling a few basic tools before attempting to repair a non-working vehicle will go a long way towards reducing the stress factor as your child stands by asking Is it fixed yet?
- Extra batteries
- Flathead screwdriver
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Small Hex wrench
- A mini screwdriver set, like those sold for eyeglass repair
- A sturdy pair of scissors
- A roll of electrical tape
- Lint-free cloth
- Small soldering iron for extreme cases of wire damage
Diagnose and Repair:
Check all the basics first, such as dead batteries or a loose wire. When checking batteries, make sure and check both those in the vehicle and in the remote itself. Check battery connections also. If the vehicle has been driven outdoors, dirt can hamper connections. Using the lint-free cloth, clean ends where batteries connect.
On battery compartments that have connections that are flexible, gently make sure that these have not become bent out of place. If they have, carefully bend back into original placement to make sure you have a good connection. On vehicles that have a 9-volt battery, or other similar styled battery connection, make sure wires are not cracked or tore right off. If they are, strip wire with scissors far enough back to give yourself enough wire to reconnect. Secure with the electrical tape once a sturdy connection has been repaired.
Determine if the vehicle was driven in conditions it should not have been, such as through a puddle. While many vehicles can withstand water, others will falter even when becoming damp. A good drying out can sometimes be all that is required. If mud is also a factor, clean the vehicle. Mud impacted into the underside of a vehicle can cause loss of motion and wear on the motor as it tries to operate.
Driving your vehicle over jumps and other obstacles can cause the assembly to loosen in even top of the line vehicles. Check and tighten the assembly every time you drive in rough conditions.
Check the antennae. Does it screw in or is it a stationary one? If it is just loose, tighten it, but if it is actually broken you can possibly tape it with electrical tape or for optimum repair, replace it. Check with the vehicle manufacturer for replacement antennas.
If after checking all the obvious problems your vehicle still will not operate, you should check any internal wires. Usually, if a wire is displaced you will be able to see where it came disconnected. A small soldering iron can be used to fix this situation. Be sure to follow all directions that came with the soldering iron and only attempt to use if you are an adult familiar with the risks of soldering. If not, ask someone who is.
Replacements and upgrades:
Tried absolutely everything and it still will not work? Many vehicles manufactured and sold today come with options to upgrade everything from tires to motors. Swap out whatever part is not operating for a new part. Though not as inexpensive as a repair, it is usually cheaper than replacing the complete item.