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    Toothpaste on the piston actually works!!

    I bought a few T-Maxx trucks from a guy on craigslist to have something to tinker with before its actually warm enough to drive out there. The first truck I am working on is a 2.5 that ran well but I like to break them all the way down and clean them really good. To me its the only real way to find all the flaws of a used truck. So when I took the motor apart the top of the piston had a lot of carbon on it. I tried a couple of methods to remove it without using anything that would damage the piston with no luck. Then a simple search from the google machine mentioned toothpaste and a toothbrush. In about 30 seconds that thing looked almost new compared to the 20 minutes I tried other cleaners and elbow grease. I cleaned off the toothpaste and oiled it back up and it fired right up. I wish I would have taken a before picture!

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    Good to know that...I think it might be the abrasives in the toothpaste...just a guess.
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    what toothpaste was it? plays a huge role you dont want to use baking soda in it and not the crest or you dont want to use colgate not the aim haha just playing but what did you use?
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    I think it was crest with whitening something or other. I think any brand should do

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    cool trick ill do this on all my engines the next time they are tore down..
    Traxxas is good, but so are other Manus

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    Here is the newly cleaned piston. It was almost black with carbon when I started on it.


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    Dont forget to floss your piston skirt journal
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    Quote Originally Posted by NitroTrout View Post
    Dont forget to floss your piston skirt journal
    Hahaha that is too funny rolling right now. Nice trick too if i had my nitro still
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike-susieq1 View Post
    Hahaha that is too funny rolling right now. Nice trick too if i had my nitro still
    Hahaha I have never though of using toothpaste.


    @Mike, you got rid of your souped up Pede? I spy an Emaxx though
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