This question is relevant for many people in the United States and all over the world. If you have ever bought a remote control car, boat, or aircraft, you probably know that the term of their service is no too long. For example, a RC car can fail to pass certain obstacles. Both adult hobbyists and children like to test the functional abilities of their vehicles. They make them jump from high ramps, turn over, or even ride through the water. Helicopters and other remote control aircraft also often crash. Sometimes air accidents with such toys take place because of the strong wind. In other cases the pilot’s insufficient qualification becomes the reason for them. The same is relevant for remote control boats. They often crash into the shore ore into each other. As a result – the owners can lose their favorite and quite expensive toys. But is there a way to make them ride, sail, or fly again? Well, in some cases the only thing you can do is to buy a new RC toy. If the remote control car, boat, or aircraft you have bought a short time ago is fully crashed, you can do nothing about that. But there are also situations when remote control toys are reparable. The only thing you need to know to bring them back to life is the basic principle of their construction. In this article we will tell you about it and give a few advices that will help you repair your favorite remote control toys.
Define if the repair is possible
Let’s imagine a situation: you have bought a RC car in US, began to drive it, and in a few days an accident occurred with your vehicle. The first thing you have to do in this case is to define if the repair of the remote control car is possible and if the expenses on it will cover the price of a new device. Knowledge of remote control vehicles categories can help you solve this issue. The first thing you have to know about remote RC vehicles is that they are subdivided into two large categories.
The first of them includes toy-grade vehicles. They are designed especially for children and teenagers. The remote controls of these devices are as simple as possible. Often they even have no sensitive joysticks to make the control of the vehicle simple for a child. As you know, children like to crash their toys. Probably, each one of us has crashed the things we used to play with in our childhood. Sometimes children break their toys intentionally. In other situations they do that unwillingly. Anyway, the result is always the same: the child is upset. In such cases the parents try to come up with the cheapest solution: to repair the child’s favorite toy, or to buy another one. The main thing you have to take into account when speaking about toy-grade remote control devices is that in most cases the price of a new toy is lower than the price of spare parts. Hence, if the toy is totally crashed, it is better to buy a new one. However, there are also situations where remote control toys lose only a part of their functions. In such cases you can help them return to normal condition by repairing them.
The next category includes hobby-grade remote control devices. Please, consider the fact that these are not toys for children, but vehicles for adult hobbyists when choosing a boat, car, or helicopter from this category. As you understand, hobbyists know how their devices function. Sometimes the vehicles from this category are soled not in their final condition, but as a set of spare parts. It means that you can buy some spare parts from those sets after your vehicle crashes. However, just like with toy-grade devices, the grade of the damage is important to define if the device is repairable or not. For example, if you have a remote control helicopter with an engine that works on gas, the probability that it will be repairable after an accident is lower than in case if the helicopter has an electric engine. That can be explained by the fact that fuel is a flammable material and if the aircraft crashes, it often ignites. The fire is harmful to all details of the helicopter, hence, its repair will cost as much as buying a new device, and sometimes – even more. But there are also other situations. For example, if your RC car falls from a high ramp and breaks its mounting frame, you can simply buy a new detail and the problem will be solved.
As you can see, it is extremely important to evaluate the damage before making a decision on the repair of the vehicle or buying a new remote controlled car, helicopter, or boat. The difference between toy-grade and hobby-grade models can be critical in such case. But you also should not forget about the types of damages and kinds of broken details.
Details that can break
Now let’s talk about the most important issue in this article and describe the details of RC cars, and other vehicles you can buy in US. The first thing we have to mention is that most people think that RC cars, helicopters, and boats are too different to have similar details. However, it is not true. The shape and design are not the main things in all these vehicles. Their internal construction and principles of work are much more important. In other words: the main thing in the definition of any RC vehicle is that it is remote controlled and not that it is a car, boat, etc. After learning the main principles of fork similar for all remote control toys and devices, and reading about their main details, you are able to repair almost any RC vehicle regardless of its type.
So, the first thing that you have to know about all remote control devices is that they always have a motor. Like any other detail, a motor can break. It can be a result of a mechanical damage or incorrect care. Regardless of the principle of work (electric or internal combustion) all engines are subdivided into two large groups: brush motors and brushless motors. The first group includes motors that base their work on the friction principle. They have small brushes inside of them that create friction and make the vehicle move. The service time of these brushes is limited. After it comes to its end you have to replace them. If you ignore this requirement your vehicle may still work properly but the risk that it will come out of order will grow day after day. A brushless motor is much simpler in exploitation. It has no parts that should be replaced after a certain term of service. However, such motors also can break. Usually they break after mechanical damages. For example, when a RC car crashes into a tree or a stone wall it may not move anymore. The first thing you have to check in this case is the motor. Its axis can be in a wrong position after the crash. In such case you have to put it back on its place carefully and try to move your car again. If the car moves and reacts to your commands the problem is solved. But if this manipulation with the motor didn’t help, the problem can be in some other detail.
The second detail that is extremely important and similar for all kinds of remote control vehicles is the mounting frame. This detail is actually a construction that holds all other details together and formulates the shape of the device. For example, the motor and the controller are placed on the mounting frame. In case of an accident with your vehicle they may be replaced as a result of a crash. That is why the first thing you have to do in this case is to check if all necessary details are on their places. If they are not there, the balance of the vehicle may be disturbed and as a result – it does not move even if all details still work properly. The mounting frame is also an important detail itself. It has different forms in various kinds of RC vehicles. However, it is often made of the same materials. A typical mounting frame of a RC car you can buy in US is made of high quality hard plastic. Iron mounting frames are rare because they add weight to the vehicle and as a result – decrease its average speed. But there are some remote controlled devices with iron mounting frames. These are usually cars and copies of armored military vehicles. Such RC devices are more reliable than those with plastic mounting frames. However, the main thing you always have to keep in mind about the mounting frame is that it can break after mechanic damages. If your remote control vehicle is a hobby-grade device, changing a mounting frame is not a problem. It is probably the cheapest and the simplest repair you can do with your own hands. The only things you need to do is to buy a new mounting frame and to place all other details on it.
The controller is the next important detail that makes your RC vehicle move and respond to your commands. It is actually a set of two details. The first of them is the controller (or the transmitter as it is also called) itself. It is situated inside a waterproof iron shell in the heart of any RC device. It is quite hard to break this shell because it can withstand even very strong damages like a fall from the sky or a car crash. However, transmitters also sometimes get out of order. In such case you have to define if the problem is with the transmitter itself or with its shell. If the shell has small damages, the vehicle can continue its normal work. However, you have to remember that a shell with damage does not protect the transmitter from water. For some types of remote control vehicles like boats and off-road cars you can buy in the US it can be critical. If the transmitter itself is damaged the problem is much more serious. In such case you may need to buy a new transmitter. Remember that it is the most expensive detail in every remote control vehicle. But such repair will still cost you cheaper than a new RC device. The second part of the controller is the remote. It is the part you hold in your hands when sending commands to your RC car, boat, or aircraft. Various types of remotes have various designs. However, they also have some similarities in their construction. For example, most of them have joysticks. They can simply break if the remote falls on the board. If the damage relates only to the part of joystick you usually move with your fingers, it is not a problem at all. You can simply fix it by using glue for plastic. But if the joystick is broken from inside, you may need a new remote. Anyway, a remote is not the most expensive part of any RC device.
How to verify the problem?
Some kinds of remote control vehicles damages are hard to verify. For example, the pilot can see that his RC car bought in US is inclined to one of the sides. He thinks that it is a damage resulted by the jump from a high ramp. But he is not sure about that. The only way to verify, if it is a damage or not, is to repeat the maneuver. However, you always have to remember that such actions must be carried out carefully. Otherwise you will risk to worsen the damage of your vehicle and get no information on the verification of the problem.
We hope that this article will help you repair your favorite remote control toys and hobby devices.