so i was using my slash the other day running the factory batteries and out of no where it stopped and then white smoke came out of the esc.
i am thinking that since i am just past 30 days of owning this i am screwed.
sucks that traxxas makes a product that cant perform much longer then a month...
is there anything i can do or am i SOL?
i can see this thing getting put away in a box and collecting dust
that is what happened to me too..
i had my slash 4x4 for a month and the esc got burnt...
i bought a cc mamba max esc and i am happy again!!
i have changed the motor too..
Last edited by FOTIS; 03-31-2012 at 08:11 AM.
Call the tech line at Traxxas and talk with them. I have found that for new product failures they will often due a courtesy replacment. Very good service.
I have to disagree as i have had two Vellion BL fail after the warranty and they did a courtesy replacment. I had to pay shipping to them only. If you look at other post/ threads this is more common than not depending on the age of the part. Then again I live in the USA and sure shipping to Crete would not be cost effective.
U can find a used esc for 40 or 50 bucks all over the place. I just sold one for 50. Lots of people upgrade and sell their used stuff. Just a thought.
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where would i ship it to? (exact address)
i think i might just ship it to them with an explanation of what happened and see what comes of it. worse case i am out a esc, which isnt any worse then i am now.
are aftermarket motors/esc waterproof like the factory ones?
Exactly... most/ some are water resistant but not touted as waterproof like Traxxas promotes.
My Slash was 2 years old and they sent me a brand new replacement no questions asked (not even an RMA#)
Don't make it harder that what it is just give them a call. They have replaced many esc's for me that was over the 30 day mark
Told me i had to pay 55 to send it in 2 months old and not even used that much, when i get it replaced its going straight up for sale. Also forgot that the bearing siezed in the motor when it was 2 weeks old never ran anywhere but a track and my driveway when it was dry, they did send me replacement bearings but the esc dying sucked...
Last edited by raw111; 03-31-2012 at 08:17 PM. Reason: forgot
Quote from the site itself :
In addition to these warranties, Traxxas offers an extended service plan for electronic components after the 30-day warranty has expired. This plan states that Traxxas will repair electronic components, excluding speed controls, at any time throughout the life of the part, for a flat rate of $15.00 plus $5.00 for shipping and handling.
Traxxas will also repair electronic speed controls (ESCs) at any time throughout the life of the part for a flat rate plus $5.00 for shipping and handling. The repair rate varies with the ESC model - And you can look at that Flat Rate here http://traxxas.com/sites/default/fil...rranty_ESP.pdf
So snake eater got his by a staff member not doing his job right. after 30 days, It's just best to get a Hobbywing SC8 ESC - for around $80
The ONLY thing factory ESC's have going for them is their ability to claim "waterproof" The button getting stuck, and vehical stopping to a complete halt and then the ESC going up in smoke are fairly common, happened to me 2x in a row with just NiMH batteries.
Last edited by Themadcat945; 04-01-2012 at 01:47 AM.
I also had one give up the ghost recently and had a new one in under two weeks, free of charge thanks to Traxxas. Can't hurt to call them
We bought 2 stampede 4x4 bl vxl. Trucks last week. Running 2s lipos on the one truck no issues. The other burned a motor and esc after one week so the replaced it. 2 packs through it and the esc is fried again. Super unhappy I've spent over 2k in 8 days on 2 trucks parts hop ups and batteries only to wonder how long the esc will make it till it puffs smoke. I used to think nitro was bad for issues but this is ridiculous.
it sounds like its not even worth going back to a traxxas esc even if they replace it for free because ur just going to have to replace it again i guess.
Blew one again today. What's the best aftermarket combo out there? And anyone want to buy a stock vxl motor and esc?
Mamba monster 2650 combo, it's a beast on 3s
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Get the Castle 2400 sct system! It is great! It runs cooler and theamba Max Pro is proven to be a reliable esc! I have had a MMP for over a year and a half without any problems. I just mated that with the 2400 motor. I've had my 2400 sct system for over a year without any problems.
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I'm not worried about the warranty at all. Its the inconvenience of going back and fourth. I've already fixed all the weak points on the truck, now if the electronics would hold up. I'm not abusing it at all they just don't last. Been monitoring temps and all. Truck will run fine and bam done