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    Exclamation Hard to steer Truck??

    My T-maxx 3.3 recently had a steering problem. The mounts for the steering servo cracked but i thought it was no big deal so i just epoxied them. After a while of driving it, I realized that something was wrong with the steering. I thought the ball bearing by the wheel was cracked, but it wasn't so i turned on the transmitter and receiver and tried to find the problem. The steering servo was rocking back and forth when i tried to turn the wheels. I took the servo out and the mounts were cracked so I bought a new one. Now when I try to turn it, the white thing that screws on the shaft twists from side to side, and the wheels only turn to the left but not the right. I'm wondering if anybody knows what is wrong or any suggestions on what to do. Thanks!

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    servo sounds trashed. Open it and see if all the gears are ok.
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    I just bought a BRAND new one, exactly the same model

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    maybe something in the steering assembly got bent or cracked? It doesn't take much to bind up the steering system.

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    oh i thought you replaced just the mounts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by morganko View Post
    oh i thought you replaced just the mounts!
    I think he meant he replaced the servo mounts.. I suppose it's a little unclear though.

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    you can just replace the mounts?!?!?! and also i broke a lower a arm in the X shaped support part (not enough where i had to replace it) and the silver part of one of my front shocks was bent(i have no clue what i hit)

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    it sounds like you hit something pretty hard. especially if you did all of that at once. I would do a full inspection of your front end.. something isn't lining up right. If you un-hook the servo from the steering arms, and you turn the wheels back and fourth freely?

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    LOL ok I re-read it and totally misunderstood. Sorry.

    with the rod disconnected from the servo, turn on the tx and rx. Turn the steering back n forth a couple times. Then keeping them both on, connect the rod back to the servo and see if it still happens. Off the ground preferably.

    Do you have the 2.4ghz tx?
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    skeletorsue, they do seem hard to move even when not attached to the servo, i'm not sure if they're supposed to be that hard or not. and i may have not did all that at once, i can't really remember because the last time i drove it was in the fall

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    Quote Originally Posted by morganko View Post
    LOL ok I re-read it and totally misunderstood. Sorry.

    with the rod disconnected from the servo, turn on the tx and rx. Turn the steering back n forth a couple times. Then keeping them both on, connect the rod back to the servo and see if it still happens. Off the ground preferably.

    Do you have the 2.4ghz tx?
    umm, whatever comes with the truck, it's the first 3.3 they made

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    They should move relatively freely. When the tires are off the ground, it should take almost no effort to turn them

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    I was thinking the mounts on the throttle servo. lol

    Quote Originally Posted by skeletorsue View Post
    I think he meant he replaced the servo mounts.. I suppose it's a little unclear though.
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    i couldn't have gotten a bad servo could i? hmmmmm... now that i'm thinking about it i had one of my front wheels off, could that have made it unbalanced and felt hard to move and want to turn one way but not the other?

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    nah. did you do what I suggested?
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    not yet, but what would steering it with the rod disconnected do?

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    zero it out. Stranger things have happened but I remember it working for me once lol
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    oh wow ill have to try that tomorrow. thank you

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    yeah, the front end can be strange. Everything kind of has to work together just right. Sometimes just taking it apart and putting it back together again can fix issues. Given you re-align things correctly. Plus it allows you to close inspect any parts for cracks or bends or anything.

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    no doubt...weird but true lol

    Quote Originally Posted by skeletorsue View Post
    yeah, the front end can be strange. Everything kind of has to work together just right. Sometimes just taking it apart and putting it back together again can fix issues. Given you re-align things correctly. Plus it allows you to close inspect any parts for cracks or bends or anything.
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    Check to make sure the pillowballs are not too tight, or if you take it apart, don't overtighten them when reinstalling.
    Either you are the Predator or you are the prey

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    dang...I always forget that too!! good call!

    Quote Originally Posted by tphill View Post
    Check to make sure the pillowballs are not too tight, or if you take it apart, don't overtighten them when reinstalling.
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    are the pillowballs the silver screws with the ball on the end of it?

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    Yes. The piece that holds them in place can sometimes get tightened too much. Make sure your pillowballs have room to move, but not to much room for play.
    Either you are the Predator or you are the prey

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    like loose enought where if you dont have on that blue rubber that you can see some threads, or just not so tight that the allen hurts your hand?

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    Not the actual pillow balls, but the caps that go in the end of them.
    You need the grey plastic tool that comes with the truck.
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    It's the retainers that you are checking, not the actual pillowballs being screwed into the a-arms.
    Either you are the Predator or you are the prey

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    oh the plastic black set screw?

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    Have you taken the rest of your front end apart lately? if so I would suggest checking your diff. it has the alignment T on it... if that T is not on the front casing like it should be it will be in the way of your steering arm and cause it to not want to turn one way.. normally will turn more to the left than it will to the right!!!! and it will make your steering feel tight because it is in a bind!!

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    got It! loosened the plastic caps the go over the pillowballs and it works perfect now! thanks tphill

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    I shoulda known that too! Glad you found it though! That tphill character is purty smart sometimes...for a shroom boy
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    You're welcome.
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    I've been the victim of that as well before also lol. Took me 4 hours to figure out the problem was those haha! I've also tried tuning a vehicle with an empty gas tank, not realizing why it didn't start

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    what always gets me is the red fuel shut off clip
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    I've been the victim of that as well before also lol. Took me 4 hours to figure out the problem was those haha! I've also tried tuning a vehicle with an empty gas tank, not realizing why it didn't start

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcdriver5 View Post
    what always gets me is the red fuel shut off clip
    I left that clip off of the lines for that very reason when I redid the fuel lines haha

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    LOL now that is funny. But yeah, the red clip got me more than once and has since been retired.

    Quote Originally Posted by MSNSazabi View Post
    I've been the victim of that as well before also lol. Took me 4 hours to figure out the problem was those haha! I've also tried tuning a vehicle with an empty gas tank, not realizing why it didn't start
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    i left mine on just to shut it off because when i jump ,40% of the time, the exhaust falls of where it attaches to the smaller part
    Quote Originally Posted by morganko View Post
    LOL now that is funny. But yeah, the red clip got me more than once and has since been retired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcdriver5 View Post
    i left mine on just to shut it off because when i jump ,40% of the time, the exhaust falls of where it attaches to the smaller part
    That shouldn't happen. Do you have your coupler zip-tied?
    Either you are the Predator or you are the prey

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    just the blue one that came on there. i probably need a new rubber piece because the end is all cut up
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    That shouldn't happen. Do you have your coupler zip-tied?

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