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Mr T's RC
01-17-2001, 12:03 AM
I have been experiencing some sloppy steering on my Nitro 4Tec. When I make a sharp turn in either direction, it will not go back to center where I have the servo. The wheels would stick in the direction 1 or 2 towards the turn from center causing the car not to drive straight unless if I bump the control the opposite direction. I was going to tear down the bell crank and see if something is binding and replace the servo saver. What do you guys think? Would this be a good place to start?
01-17-2001, 12:50 AM
First, check the obvious:
1. Are the batteries fresh?
2. Is there anything obstructing the steering servo?
3. Are the screws holding the servo in place tightened properly?
4. Are all electrical connectors firmly seated?
5. Are all tie rods and steering linkage components tight (but not too tight) and properly adjusted?
6. Is the servo saver stripped? If so, it may need replacing as you mentioned.
After you've answered these questions and still have not found your answer, try moving on to less obvious things like:
1. Has the stock servo seen a lot of action? If so, the internal parts may be worn out. You may need to replace the unit.
2. The bell crank may be binding as you mention, but I feel this is the least likely cause.
Good luck and have fun!
[This message has been edited by dkelly (edited 01-16-2001).]
01-17-2001, 02:09 PM
I had the same problem. The binding I was having was from the bushings that are in the posts coming from the upper chassy plate that connect to the lower plate and support the bellcranks. There are some white plastic bushings in there, and for some reason they were too tight. I realized I had a steering problem, and set the car on the table top. I tried to turn the wheels, and they would only move a millimeter at best. I took of the wheels, and turned the front steering by hand, and I had a huge amount of resistance. I replaced the bushings (with bearings, since I was there) by taking off the upper plate, and now on tabletop my wheels turn fine, and on the ground I have absolutely no problem. Hope this helps.
Mr T's RC
01-28-2001, 05:59 AM
Well I've installed the bearing tonight. I'll find out tommorrow on how it drives.
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