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Quick Motor Cleaning Tutorial

Posted 02-23-2008 at 10:28 AM by MZRSpoon
Updated 02-23-2008 at 10:32 AM by MZRSpoon
First, your supplies...

A dirty motor, motor cleaner, compressed air, some paper towels, a well-ventilated space.

I start by removing the motor from the chassis. Some motor cleaners are plastic-safe but I would rather not take the chance and it's much easier to clean the motor once it's separated from the car.


Then I get a few layers of paper towel, fold them over and lay the motor inside. I orient the motor so I can access the screw holes.

I give it a few quick blasts of electrical parts cleaner, not too much or it will soak through the paper onto your hands...I am sure this stuff isn't good for you.

Once I am satisfied that I am not getting any significant gunk out of the motor, I hit it with some compressed air.

Then I set it on a paper towel in front of a fan and just put it all back together before I race. I usually let it sit for a couple of days before I put it back. It may not be necessary but I usually clean my motors a few days before races anyway.
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If you want to take it to the next step you can use bearing/bushing oil and comm drops to keep the motor running as smoothly as possible!
Posted 02-23-2008 at 01:57 PM by cdog4w cdog4w is offline
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good point cdog.

You will have to lube the motor after cleaning it this way since the motor cleaner will blast away any lube on the bushings/bearings...I guess I need a part II.
Posted 02-23-2008 at 05:26 PM by MZRSpoon MZRSpoon is offline
 
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