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#1 WigWag Workshop

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Posted 19 August 2016 - 11:56 AM

Good Day Folks!


I have another newbie type question.  I was running a brand new X-Traction car, and all was well, until it de-sloted and hit the floor.  I did a quick inspection, and all looked fine, so I put it back on the track.  When I pulled the trigger, it didn't move, and next thing I know, I was smelling smoke.  What happened? Is there a way to salvage it? 






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Posted 19 August 2016 - 12:29 PM

One of the arm stacks shorted out creating enough heat to melt the chassis.
Bet that arm is toast too.

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Posted 19 August 2016 - 04:06 PM

 " next thing I know, I was smelling smoke "  

What you have here is a common problem referred to as " Letting the smoke out ".


Slot car motors run on smoke. If any leaks out the motor stops running. Problem is getting the smoke back into the motor. :dash2:

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Posted 19 August 2016 - 06:06 PM

You can salvage if the chassis is ok inside. Top gear plates are replaceable, and a new arm, brushes and springs can be had as well. Magnets should be ok.
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Posted 20 August 2016 - 04:58 PM

In the wreck the gears locked and allowed the motor to dead short across the com?? Perhaps one of the brushes or both shifted in the brush holder holes??? Post-mortem is always a best guess at best. Did you make sure it rolled free when you put it back on the track?

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Posted 20 August 2016 - 10:24 PM

That's weird. I've never had an X-traction run hot, much less burn up.


It's not worth worrying about. It only cost $13.50 shipped for a new complete chassis: http://www.ebay.com/itm/391532233868

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 05:47 AM

What you have here is a common problem referred to as " Letting the smoke out ".


Slot car motors run on smoke. If any leaks out the motor stops running. Problem is getting the smoke back into the motor. :dash2:

Like the electrical systems on my MG and my BSA. 

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 08:07 AM

Sam, luckily some smoke is available through Lucas. See below. 


George, I feel your pain. Used to fool with Triumph twins. I used to put the Routts big bore kits on them. When they ran they really hauled ***. 


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