There are many guides out there that explain how to start a nitro RC car but many beginners can still struggle as the guides assume that you already have a little knowledge or do not go into enough detail.
So if you are pulling your hair out and just can’t get it going then don’t fret, if you follow this guide from start to finish and don’t miss a single step then you will get it going.
IMPORTANT – Before We Start..
- Do not skip a single step. Some things may not seem important but actually if not done then it will stop the engine starting. Take your time and make sure you follow every step carefully.
- If the engine is very cold it is going to make starting it a little bit more difficult. If it is the middle of winter and you are outside trying to start a brand new engine in the cold for the first time you are not going to have a nice time. Instead, make yourself a nice hot drink, take it somewhere warm and take your time. Of course you should not run a nitro engine indoors as they give off fumes when started but for pre-starting setup do it somewhere warm and if you do start the engine you can just turn it off again straight away.
- It’s useful to have a basic understanding of how the engine works so that the instructions make more sense. The engine sucks up fuel from the fuel tank and air through the air filter. Inside the engine the fuel is mixed with the air and compressed against a glowing coil (glow plug) which ignites the fuel and air mixture causing an explosion. This explosion forces the piston down which turns the engine and also sucks up the air and fuel for the next explosion. The important bit to remember is that the more air in the mixture the bigger the explosion will be. So when you apply throttle it opens up the air flow so more air can get into the engine making the explosions bigger and therefore making the engine go quicker. So if you have an air leak more air will get into the engine making it accelerate on its own and almost impossible to start.