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    Something Smoked, but what was it?

    Hi,

    Today I was running my Summit around on concrete and a bit of light grass. My channel was clear and the only other person running their car was a toy RC and it was IR controlled. I noticed toward the last few minutes of my run, it seemed liked I was getting some interference. I had no control of the vehicle momentarily, but then I regained throttle. The steering was still stuck. I drove it and engaged forward and reverse, and the next thing I saw was smoke pouring out from under the body, so I grabbed a compressed air can and cooled off the parts (ESC, motor, etc.). No more came out. I carried it back inside, but haven't taken a look at it.

    I don't have any mods and it is a brushed Summit. I was running with two stock NiMH Power Cell 1200mah batteries with parallel connector.

    My three questions:

    1. What most likely failed and smoked?

    2. Will this be covered by warranty even though the purchase date was Sept. 20, 2012?

    3. If I have to repair it myself, what will the repair cost be?

    Thank you for your time.
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    RC Racer
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    Maybe the hot glue from the lights came loose....

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    RC Turnbuckle Jr. Jimmie Neutron's Avatar
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    1) Probably the servo

    2) Your warranty expired long ago... 30 days after purchase. Traxxas does have a life time exchange program though...

    3) Cost of the servo... $20ish depending on what you decide to do. I suggest upgrading... the stock servo is not known for its' strength.
    Whatever it is I just said... I could be wrong.

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    Found it!





    You were right Jimmie! I noticed the burnt insulation on the wire this afternoon. Everything's charred! The speed control is fine. Was able to salvage the gears. Don't know why I would need them. But I really don't mind the stock servo. I've only have to replace the gears once, and I like the waterproofiness. So I'll stick with the stock.

    I didn't even think about the hot glue on the lights melting! Very possible, but not this time.

    Thanks for your help!
    Last edited by wpfo3453; 06-24-2013 at 05:01 PM. Reason: Screwy Pictures
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    Wow Jimmie...ur good! wpfo, I agree with Jimmie on upgrading the servo. He speaks from experience.

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    Dead servos have a very distinct odor too.lol.
    I've smelled it on numerous occasions with the last being 2 days ago when the one on my daughters Fiesta gave up the ghost.
    Luckily I had one spare left and she was up and gong again in about 10 minutes.
    Need to restock the toolbox now.lol.
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    Too late, the servo already got here! Works just dandy now. Next time it burns out, I'm upgrading!
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