Beginner's Guide to RC - How To: Clean Your Bearings
Thursday , 13 December 2018

How To: Clean Your Bearings

Beginner's Guide to RC - How To: Clean Your Bearings

Beginner’s Guide to RC – Cleaning Your Bearings

I’m like most of you; I love getting my ride out in the dirt or mud and having some fun! I always say, though, that even though you spend the day getting your car dirty or muddy, you had BETTER spend the day cleaning your car as well!

Clean cars are happy cars; that is my mantra when it comes to my rides. That brings me to one of the most neglected parts of any RC car – the bearings.

Almost the entire bearing is made of metal, which means if you get it wet, it will rust. Since it’s also has moving parts, if you get it dirty, it will just continually grind the dirt into the metal until it finally fails … and then you have to replace it anyway.

A little maintenance now will save you a headache later as well as a few bucks.

CompetitionX has put together a quick and easy method for cleaning your bearings. It requires a can of electric motor spray (I like Performance Plus 4 from T.A. Emerald), RPM’s Bearing Blaster and, of course, your dirty bearings.

1. Get Ready to Blast

Beginner's Guide to RC - How To: Clean Your Bearings
First gather up your dirty bearings. You can do them all at once or only a certain few at a time. RPM’s Bearing Blaster will accept most wheel bearings, diff bearings, steering bearings and transmission bearings. If you need a Blaster that will handle larger bearings, check out RPM’s Mega Bearing Blaster.

2. Prep Your Parts

Beginner's Guide to RC - How To: Clean Your Bearings
Since you’re about to spray the dirt out of your bearings, I suggest taking a paper towel and folding it over a few times to act as the liquid catcher. This will keep mom (or wife, or girlfriend) from slapping you upside the head when you get dirty spray all over her table.

3. Blast Away

Beginner's Guide to RC - How To: Clean Your Bearings
Set your bearing into the lower Blaster half and dtop the other Blaster half on top. Using the tube that came with your RC motor spray, insert it into the hole and blast away. Use short bursts to help loosen the dirt. You may have to do this a few times on each side depending on how dirty the bearings are.

4. Admire Your Work

Beginner's Guide to RC - Beginner's Guide to RC - How To: Clean Your Bearings
Pull the bearing out and check its condition. As you can see from this picture, there was only a little dirt in this particular bearing. I’ve had some that look like they’ve been sitting in mud for years.

5. Just Add Oil

Beginner's Guide to RC - Beginner's Guide to RC - How To: Clean Your Bearings
Once you’re satisfied with the condition of your bearing, add a single drop of LIGHT bearing oil. This one drop will lube the bearing as well as help protect it from further contamination.

Now re-install your bearings and watch how much faster you car goes! Just don’t tell your friends your speed secret!

About Tony Phalen

Tony Phalen - As an avid RC enthusiast, Tony has been building, bashing and racing RC Cars for over 25 years. He has raced everything from 1:18th scale trucks to 1:5 scale motorcycles and everything in-between. He's also worked on both sides of the industry fence; working at and with many major manufacturers (as well as being a sponsored driver) to working for a high-profile industry magazine. During this time he has learned many tricks, tips and techniques and has transferred that knowledge to CompetitionX - the most informative RC website on the internet! More articles by Tony Phalen

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