Slot cars staged a comeback ever since their heyday back in the 1960s. The introduction of Carrera digital slot car sets totally changed the way slot cars are played as it allowed more cars to run on a single track. If you are new to 1/32 slot car racing here are some tips to guide you.
Issue: Slot car Won’t Start
9 times out of 10 the problem is the motor is not getting enough electricity due to poor conductivity. Sometimes new braids are wound too tightly that they fail to achieve good contact. To correct the problem, use a brass wire brush on the braids to fray and curl them and also to remove the waxy coating that usually is on the braids themselves. If the slot car still does not run, remove the body carefully and check the wires if the connections are sound. A simple way to test the motor is to lift the rear of the slot car off the track, ensure the guide is in the slot and braids have good solid contact. Apply power and the motor should run, as it should. If the motor is the problem it will not run at all or it will run very briefly only and then stops.
Issue: Slot Car slows down on certain areas of the track
The problem most likely is with the track rather than the slot car itself. Check to see if the track does not have poor connectivity. Usually with movement and frequent set up and take down, the track connections can become loose. Check the track for any problematic areas. If you see some that are bent or deformed, use a small screwdriver and bend them back into their proper shape and then reconnect the layout. If the damage is really bad, it is possible that you may have to replace the track itself.
The most common reason would be the axle not in its correct position. Take the body off and snap the rear axle back into place usually solves the problem. There may be instances that a tire may be rubbing on a fender or chassis. Usually a little trimming with a dremmel tool or an Exacto knife corrects the problem. There may be some rare instances where the chassis has cracked or there is a defect in the car itself from some manufacturing flaw. A missing chassis screw may cause some warping and can be corrected by replacing it.