Slot car racing is an amazing hobby to have. The cars are mostly durable and require little maintenance. However, with repeated use and sometimes abuse they do tend to breakdown as well. If you own one of the most popular variant of slot cars available: 1/32 slot cars, here are some common FAQs to guide you when they do go on the fritz.
Why do I have sporadic performance issues on my 1/32 slot car?
Assuming the most common cause is the reason, your slot car probably has a conductivity issue. This means that the motor is not getting a constant supply of electricity to allow it to run smoothly. To correct the problem, check the braids (or contact brushes) in order to ensure they are not dirty or worn. If you have one that is directly out of the box, make sure the braids are properly frayed and are curled downward so that the frayed portion touches the track 1st
Why does my 1/32 slot car keep derailing off the track?
This is more of skill rather than a functional issue. The key to avoid derailing is to practice driving your slot car until you get the hang of it. Most folks coming from the HO scale slot cars are often discouraged when they finally encounter a slot car model that requires a bit of skill in order to drive properly. Assuming that you are already a skilled driver and your slot car still keeps derailing, make sure that you clean the digital slot car tracks of any debris and then replace your current tires with silicone ones in order to achieve better traction especially around corners.
Why does the motor run but the back wheels does not even turn?
First step to rectify the problem is to take the body off in order to determine if the rear axle did not come loose from its holder on the chassis. If it did come loose, simply snap the axle bushings back into place. Another problem may be the motor, which popped out of the holder. Just snap it into place and use some glue to ensure it does not pop out.
After a crash, make sure to inspect your slot car 1st prior to putting them back into the track. Rough handling, crashes and incorrect shipping or just careless assembly can cause motors and axles to come loose causing issues.