Pendle Slot Racing's 10 step guide on how to maintain and keep your Scalextric cars in top working condition. Simple cleaning and repairs that take minutes will get your worn out cars racing again... good as new!
Time: 15 to 30 mins
What you will need
- PSR Fine Gear and Bearing Oil
- PSR Braid Conditioner
- PSR Tyre softener and cleaner
- Small soft brush
- Green Scouring Pad
- Screw driver (pozi type in most cases)
- x2 pieces of Cloth or Kitchen towel.
- Duster or Microfiber cloth.
- New Braid
Step by Step Guide
In this guide we have used the Scalextric Audi R8 model but the basic principles applies to all slot cars.
Remove chassis screws and remove the body shell from the chassis.
Carefully unclip the rear axle and motor from chassis being careful not to crack the chassis around the motor or axle mounting points.
Use the Brush to remove all the debris from the chassis, rear axle and motor and then wipe over the chassis, axles and Motor with a paper towel to remove any old oil or debris that have been left behind after using the brush.
Apply PSR Tyre Cleaner to the tyre surface.
Rotate the axle/wheels while pressing the scouring pad or cloth onto the tyre to remove all the build up on the tyre surface.
Repeat the process if necessary.
Place the motor followed by the rear axle back into the chassis, again being careful not to crack the mounts.
Lube the rear axle bearings and gears as well as the front axle mounting points as this will make the car run smoother and quiter.
Remove the old braids from the guide plate and cut a pair of new braids ready to be fitted. We recommend around 2.5cm long.
Refit the new braids and keep them clean for improved electrical pick up. The PSR braid conditioner comes in a handy sized bottle with lid and a pointer for precision application. Simply apply a small drop onto a cloth and wipe your braids or track rails until dry and clean.
Use the brush to remove debris and dust from the inside of the body shell. This will help prevent any dirt from getting onto the tyres.
Replace the body shell using the body screws and then lightly use some house hold polish and a duster to clean the body shell. Just remember to be careful around wing mirrors and detailing on the body shell.
All complete and good as new!
What is in a Slot Car?
The diagram below shows the typical chassis parts as used on Scalextric cars and other models.