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    6516 Transmitter Factory Reset (Or... Something Went Wonky!)

    I bought the Stampede 4X4 XL-5 for my 9-year old grandson. He's pretty tough on it. Fortunately, I'm "usually" pretty good at fixing it. Everytime he breaks something, I replace it with the VXL version, or something stronger from aftermarket.

    But this time, he stumped me. I "think" maybe he messed with the setup button on top of the remote. Today, with a fully charged 2S Lipo, the truck would barely go forward. I verified that the drivetrain was rolling freely, nothing binding up. I also tried a different battery that I verified with my Cellog was full. Still, the truck would only go forward very slow. It would go backwards somewhat faster. Then, while I was checking that out, it quit running at all. The steering servo still responded, but only to the left. Something is really wonky.

    Traxxas apparently has not provided full instructions for use of this radio. The manual tells how to reverse the servo and the thottle, but nothing about factory reset. I wanted to start with a fresh reset so I can troubleshoot from baseline.

    Any advice that I can get from Traxxas specialists would be greatly appreciated by my grandson who is depending on me to be a hero. I promise I'll give proper credit!!

    UPDATE - MORE INFO: I should mention that the first motor let the smoke out the first day, even after proper break-in. Traxxas sent another one on request, but I did not wait. I wanted the kid to have his truck, so I bought him an HPI Firebolt 15T. We broke it in and it ran nice, fast and cool.

    ALSO: Regarding the ESC, I verified that it is set for LVC and that it is set on Mode 1 (full fwd and reverse). I tried reprogramming the ESC per Traxxas instructions, but it did not change anything.

    Today's problem happened just out of the blue, but I know my grandson had been fiddling with the controller, so that's why I suspect the controller.
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    I am not sure of a reset procedure for the single button TQi looking remote...

    I would try unplugging the servo and seeing if that cures the other issues... sometimes a dead servo can cause all kinds of electrical havoc.
    Whatever it is I just typed... could be wrong.

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    YOu say it is in LiPo mode?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmie Neutron View Post
    I am not sure of a reset procedure for the single button TQi looking remote...

    I would try unplugging the servo and seeing if that cures the other issues... sometimes a dead servo can cause all kinds of electrical havoc.
    Hi Jimmy - I tried that after reading about it on the Traxxas toubleshooting site. The motor did not run with the servo unplugged. After that I went through the ESC reset procedure a couple of times. It simply failed to respond. That is, the first step after plugging in a fresh battery and putting the ESC into programming mode is to squeeze the FWD trigger after the first red blink. That is where it fails to respond. I am never able to move past that point.

    Quote Originally Posted by judy2383 View Post
    YOu say it is in LiPo mode?
    Judy, Yes - I put it in LIPO Cut-off mode because I'm running a 2S 5000 mah 50C pack. It ran great on that for a couple weeks (which is how old the Stampede is) before today.

    I plan to call Traxxas tomorrow to see if they can help me troubleshoot this. I figure it has to be either the transmitter or the ESC. I'm still leaning towards the transmitter. Maybe they can tell me how to reset it. I figure it has a "SET" button for a reason, besides just to look cool.

    P.S. - If this was my rig, I'd just put in a new brushless ESC and motor. However, my 9-year old grandson is not ready for that kind of speed yet.
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    Ya i know what you mean. If its in LiPo mode already than i dont know man sorry

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    I decided to hold off calling Traxxas today. I wanted to try a couple more things after work. The first thing I did, which I should have done before, was pull the motor and put power directly to it. FAIL. I connected it to a 6V power supply which I verified with my Fluke volt meter was, indeed, producing 6v. I didn't even get a wimper from the 3-day old HPI Firebolt 15T.

    I can't think of a good reason for it to have died already. I know why the original Titan 12T died the first day - it was from a bound-up bearing on the right front that my grandson did not notice as he was driving it. By the time he brought the smoking beast to my attention, it had gone to Titan heaven. Not it's fault, may it rest in peace.

    The next thing I tested was the steering servo. I don't have a dedicated servo tester, but I disconnected it from the receiver and put 6v power to it one side at a time. It works fine. Yet, when connected to the receiver and run through the ESC, it only turns left. By reason of default, I believe it's the ESC, not the radio, that is at fault. I believe it's entirely likely that the original Titan 12T put way too much stress on the ESC when it burned up. My guess is that the ESC slowly followed in the doomed motor's footsteps and took out the new HPI motor as part of the deal.

    It's all speculation on my part, but it comes as a reasonably educated guess from my 56 years of life experience being a pretty good hobbyist, shadetree mechanic, handyman, computer tinkerer and aerospace engineer. I put the engineer part last because it's just the result of the other stuff anyway.

    So, tomorrow I will call Traxxas with this info and see what they'd like to do. I don't really hold them responsible, but I've certainly been impressed with the customer service so far.

    As a final note for today (yes, I know it's getting long-winded), I actually am considering just putting in a new brushless ESC and motor combo for the kid. After all, if I get the right one, it will have a "learning mode" or a "power reduction mode" of some sort that I can envoke without the grandson knowing about it. That way, I will get the reliability of that system now, with the ability to expand to his need for speed as he improves his driving skills. I want him to be happy in this hobby. I've felt bad that his truck has been on the bench more than it's been on the ground since I gave it to him. He's been amazingly patient about it, which makes me want to do something even more special for him.

    If anyone has some suggestions of an affordable, non-exotic setup fit for a youngster on 2S, I'm open to your suggestions! Whatever it is needs to be waterproof (or capable of being waterproofed by me). He doesn't need a submarine, but he would be upset not being able to drive it through puddles or wet grass.

    Thanks!
    Michael
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    http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXDRLN&P=0

    It can be programmed to run less throttle. The esc can't be full submerged but puddles shouldn't hurt it. You could always liquid electrical tape it if he likes a lot of water lol. They recommend to dry it if you are running in wet conditions.


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    Or u could get a better reciever that u can adjust the throttle with the controller. Either way


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pede4x4owner View Post
    http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXDRLN&P=0

    It can be programmed to run less throttle. The esc can't be full submerged but puddles shouldn't hurt it. You could always liquid electrical tape it if he likes a lot of water lol. They recommend to dry it if you are running in wet conditions.

    Or u could get a better reciever that u can adjust the throttle with the controller. Either way
    Either way, or BOTH! Thanks for the recommendation. That is a really affordable price for a good name combo with a 3800KV motor, which seems to be the sweet spot for the Stampede 4x4. I ordered it! On top of that, I ordered him a FlySky GT3b controller. It's crazy cheap, but will have far more capability than the basic unit that came with the XL-5 system.

    Live and learn. I should have just bought him the VXL in the first place. I've already spent more on upgrades than I would have on the VXL.

    To anyone else who finds this thread while doing reasearch before buying a Stampede 4X4 XL-5, or any other Traxxas XL-5 rig, take it from an old guy who's been around the block one too many times, BUY THE VXL VERSION!!

    Peace, out.
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    UPDATE: Even though I ordered a brushless conversion for my grandsonís Stampede 4x4, I still want to figure out whatís wrong with the original electronics. Thatís both because I am curious and because Iíll save the motor, ESC, Transmitter and Receiver for use on a simple project for my 3-year old granddaughter. If Iím gonna spend thousands on this hobby (which I seem to have already done in just three months Ė OMG!!), I might as well make everyone in the family enjoy it with me. Actually, the granddaughter desperately wants to drive my car and is very frustrated that I wonít let her. Therefore, Iíll build her something that I donít care if she wrecks while she learns to drive. My Summit is off limits. I wonít even let my grandson drive it anymore. Heís a pretty good driver, but he pushes the envelope. He broke the left rear half shaft last weekend.

    The new Titan 12T that Traxxas sent to me for the Stampede works just fine when connected to a battery source, but doesnít work at all when itís in the car. When connected to the ESC, the steering servo goes nuts and twitches like a severed lizard tail, but only to the left. As I mentioned in the previous post, I verified that the servo works outside the car and noted that the ESC wonít respond to reprogramming. That lead me to conclude that the ESC is the problem.

    However, today I called Traxxas tech support to run it past them. After I described the situation, the tech said it sounded like a radio problem. Interesting! Thatís what I thought it was from the start because I saw my grandson messing with the setup button on the radio. I told the tech I could not find the reset procedure online and asked where I could find it. He said itís not published. I asked if he could e-mail it to me. He said no, because itís not published. Stumped, I asked him why. He said he didnít know. Between you and me (and a few thousand other forum members), I find that strange.

    He was willing to walk me through it, but Iím at work right now. He said to call back this evening when Iím home and someone will walk me through it real-time. Iíll post back with the results.
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    I find that strange as well... I don't understand why a controller reset needs to be so secretive.
    Whatever it is I just typed... could be wrong.

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    I had a similar problem with 4x4 stampede vxl. Right turned left left turned right. I thought why not factory default the transmitter. So I consulted the manual and found the procedure but bit wouldn't work so I consulted the manual from my p2de vxl and followed the default procedure. It worked. Kind of strange. The p2de used 2.4 transmitter with small movable antenna while the p4de used 2.4 transmitter with no built in antenna. Kind of weird?

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    FACTORY RESET 2-CHANNEL 2.4GHz BASIC RADIO TRANSMITTER 6516, 6517, 3047

    I just got off the phone with Traxxas tech support. Resetting the transmitter worked! It feels good to have followed this through to a successful conclusion. It will also give my grandson a good lesson in not messing with setup buttons until he's learned what they do. The result was he lost his vehicle for a week so I could bring it with me to the hotel and work on it.

    Mr. Jimmy Neutron, this should be good news for you because a Google search turns up this same question in several places on the Traxxas forum where you have wanted to help but could not. Now you will be able to!

    The reset instructions that follow are for the most basic transmitter that Traxxas offers. Reference Traxxas part numbers 6516, TRA6516, 6517, TRA6517, 3047 and TRA3047. These are all different part numbers for the same radio transmitter. It is used in basic 1/10, 1/16 and 1/18 size BRUSHED RTR vehicles using either the XL-2.5 (XL2.5) or XL-5 (XL5) ESC (Electronic Speed Control). Examples of the vehicles affected are various 2WD and 4X4 versions of Traxxas and LaTrax vehicles such as the Stampede, Slash, Nitro Slash, Rustler, Nitro Rustler, Bandit, Mini E-Revo, Rally, Raptor, LaTrax Rally and many others.

    The transmitter is 2-channel, 2.4GHz. It has one trim adjustment knob on the size and one red set button on the top. It does NOT have an antenna. Here is a picture of it:



    And finally, the news you have been waiting for (drumroll please... )...

    1. Start with the controller turned off. Make sure it has fresh batteries in it.

    2. Hold down the red SET BUTTON and continue to hold it while turning on the transmitter. Do not let go of the button yet.

    3. Continue holding the red SET BUTTON for about 10 seconds. During this time, the transmitter status light will be blinking red.

    4. After 10 seconds, the transmitter status light will change to blinking green. NOW you can let go of the button. But wait! There's more!

    5. Turn the controller steering wheel all the way LEFT, hold it there and press the red SET BUTTON once. The status light will blink green faster than it did before. Let go of the steering wheel so it can go back to center position.

    6. Turn the controller steering wheel all the way RIGHT, hold it there and press the red SET BUTTON once. The status light will blink red slowly. Let go of the steering wheel so it can go back to center position.

    7. Squeeze the throttle trigger for FORWARD, hold it there and press the red SET BUTTON once. The status light will blink red faster than it did before.

    8. Push the throttle trigger for REVERSE, hold it there and press the red SET BUTTON once. The light will now change to SOLID GREEN - YOU ARE DONE!

    I recommend re-programming the XL-2.5 or XL-5 ESC at this point, just to be safe. Those instructions can be found all over the internet, but here they are again just to keep everything in once place:

    1. Connect a fully charged battery pack to the ESC.

    2. Turn on the transmitter (with the throttle at neutral).

    3. Press and hold the EZ-Set button (A). The LED will first turn green and then red. Release the EZ-Set button.

    4. When the LED blinks RED ONCE, pull the throttle trigger to the full throttle position and hold it there.

    5. When the LED blinks RED TWICE, push the throttle trigger to the full reverse and hold it there.

    6. When the LED blinks GREEN ONCE, programming is complete. The LED will then shine green or red (depending on low-voltage detection setting) indicating the ESC is on and at neutral.

    And there you have it. I hope this helps someone down the road (preferably a rough and bumpy road - those are the most fun!).

    Cheers!
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    Good job following through with this. That's a lot more steps than what the traxxas manual call for a transmitter default. I'm a little confused. Going to go look through both manuals I have and see what all is different. I know I didn't have that many steps to follow. Great info though and should help out other members down the road.

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    I been looking for solution how to factory reset transmitter TQ 2.4 GHz model 6516, 6517 and 3047 (at least that what the label says). I couldn't find anything anywhere the most often I was directed to this page so finally i call Tech Support and they solve my problem in minutes.
    Here is the procedure how to reset TQ 2.4 GHz transmitter with only one SET button it's the copy of the e-mail i got from traxxas support. Thank you Traxxas !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reset transmitter to its factory default settings.
    1. Press and hold the set button.

    2. Turn the transmitter on

    3. After 10 seconds release the set button. The LED will start blinking slow green

    4. Turn the steering wheel full left and hold. Press the set button and then release the steering wheel. The LED will blink fast green.

    5. Turn the steering wheel full right and hold. Press the set button and then release the steering wheel. The LED will blink slow red.

    6. Pull the trigger all the way back and hold. Press the set button and then release the throttle. The LED will blink fast red.

    7. Push the trigger all the way forward and hold. Press the set button and then release the trigger. The LED will turn solid green.

    Binding 2.4GHz transmitter to receiver.

    1. Install the AA batteries in the transmitter. Press and hold the SET button. Turn on the transmitter and release the SET button. The status LED will flash red slowly, indicating that the transmitter is in bind mode.

    2. Press and hold the LINK button on the receiver

    3. Turn on the speed control by pressing the EZ-Set button, and release the LINK button.

    4. When the LEDs on both the transmitter and the receiver turn solid green, the system is bound and ready for use. Confirm that the steering and throttle operate properly before driving your model.

    Calibrate the speed control to the transmitter.

    1. Disconnect one of the motor wires between the ESC and the motor. This is a precaution to prevent runaway when
    the speed control is turned on before it is programmed.

    2. Connect a fully charged battery pack to the ESC.

    3. Turn on the transmitter (with the throttle at neutral).

    4. Press and hold the EZ-Set button. The LED will first turn green and then red. Release the button.

    5. When the LED blinks RED ONCE, pull the throttle trigger to the full throttle position and hold it there.

    6. When the LED blinks RED TWICE, push the throttle trigger to the full reverse and hold it there.

    7. When the LED blinks GREEN ONCE, programming is complete. The LED will then shine green or red (depending on Low-Voltage Detection setting), indicating the ESC is on and at neutral.

    Finally unplug the steering servo from the receiver and see if the ESC programs normally. A shorted servo can cause the system to fail.

    If that does not fix the issue I suggest calling us and going through it with a phone tech. They should be able to get it straightened out pretty quickly.

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    Could we sticky the "transmitter reset" sequence in the Radios sub forum mods/admin, pretty please? As it is a good quick reference, also those of us that are international that don't use the support hotline can quickly find this via our phones if we are out at the local bash spot. Cheers
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    My pedes throttle works fine but the steering doesn't, only partially works with the trim knob, already switched the wires from channel 1 to 2 and vice versa and still do the same. The steering works with the throttle but the motor only works with the trim knob. I think is the remote. Anybody please.

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    Start a new thread. Thats really strange. Are the wires in correctly?
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