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Winterizing a Traxxas Rustler, a remote-controlled car

Kidsday reporter Justin Ronzoni's Traxxas Rustler in action.

Kidsday reporter Justin Ronzoni's Traxxas Rustler in action. Photo Credit: Ronzoni family

You open your new Traxxas Rustler and you go outside on a chilly winter day. It seems like it’s going to be awesome, but if you want your Rustler to last through the winter, some parts need to be winterized first. These parts are ubiquitous at all hobby stores and online. The Rustler is a battery-powered remote-controlled car that goes super-fast. Here are a few things that I do to make sure my Rustler lasts:

First things first, your tires need to be changed. The stock tires do not get good grip in the snow. It’s better to use a paddle tire. The paddle tire flaps dig into the snow to charge the car through the snow. However, they are not useful on ice because the flaps don’t dig into the ice.

There are many metal parts on the Rustler that can rust from snow and water. One thing to do to prevent the parts from rusting is to use WD-40. Before you go in the snow, you should spray the WD-40 on all the metal parts. WD-40 protects the metal parts from water.

Finally, you need to protect your metal ball bearings. Every wheel has ball bearings that help the wheels spin. The ball bearings need to be filled with grease to keep the water out. You will also need to take off the rubber cover on both sides with a sharp object and your parent’s help. Once you fill the ball bearings with grease, you can put the rubber covers back on. Now you are ready for the snow.

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