This guide describes possible speed control problems, causes, and
simple solutions. Check these items before contacting Traxxas.
Steering channel works, but the motor will not run:
• The motor could be bad or have a damaged brush. Check the
motor and motor connections by supplying power directly to the
motor. Note: Disconnect the motor from the ESC before testing.
Remove the pinion gear from the motor or elevate the driving
wheels to avoid a runaway and damage to the vehicle.
• The speed control has thermally shut down (look for a solid
green LED). Allow the speed control to cool down. See the
• Make sure the XL-5’s power cable is plugged into the throttle
channel of the receiver (Channel 2). Check the operation of the
radio system’s throttle channel with a servo.
• Possible internal damage. Return the XL-5 to Traxxas for service.