What\u2019s better than speeding through the neighborhood with your RC car? Nothing! Am I right? The truth is that the remote-control car industry has us by the accelerator. We are hooked on the feeling of freedom and thrill it brings our lives. Most enthusiasts are thoroughly involved in the building and mechanics of their car, while others just like to push the buttons. Wondering if you have a clutch under the hood? Let\u2019s find out!\n\n\n\nDo RC cars have clutches? As RC cars do not typically have more than one gear, a traditional clutch is not necessary. However, a \u201cslipper\u201d clutch is usually a common part of RC cars to keep the wheels from spinning and the gears from grinding. Minor adjustments may be necessary to keep it working properly.\n\n\n\nCruise around with confidence, in this article you will learn all about your RC car clutch, and how to adjust it!\n\n\n\nWhat Kind of Clutch Does an RC Car Have?\n\n\n\nWhen it comes to remote control cars, there are a few different levels of quality and sophistication. If you buy the basic model of car, you will obviously not be getting all of the \u201cbells and whistles\u201d that a top-of-the-line deluxe model will deliver. You get what you pay for.\n\n\n\nFor instance, some RC cars on the market have a slipper clutch, also known as a back-torque limiter, which helps reduce the spinning of your rear wheels. But not all RC cars have these. Most RC cars cannot shift gears, so when you wonder if your remote-control car has a clutch the answer is no, and yes.\n\n\n\nDoes the Slipper Clutch on an RC Car Need Adjustment?\n\n\n\nYes. Should your slipper clutch need adjustment, it is important to give it exactly what it requires. Ignoring the issue could damage the gears inside of your transmission. So, how do you know when the slipper clutch is failing?\n\n\n\nA whirring sound will be your first clue that the slipper clutch is beginning to malfunction. The sound it makes may be so gentle that you don\u2019t even notice it. \t \tAs the problem gets worse, the sound will become louder and louder. If you hear a loud, harsh screeching or howling noise, it may be time to dismantle your RC car \tand prepare for a bit of a tune-up.\n\n\n\nHow To Adjust A Slipper Clutch\n\n\n\nMost miniature car mechanics require specific tools for the job. Do you have the necessary tools to adjust your slipper clutch? \n\n\n\nGather your tools. Before you sit down at the workbench in your shop, make sure you have everything you need. Depending on your clutch, you\u2019ll need one or more of these: \tNut driver \t\t \t\tT-wrench \t\tOpen-ended wrench \t\n\n\n\nGrab your owner\u2019s manual or download the PDF online. If you have the owner\/operator\u2019s manual, that is often the best place to start looking for the \tspecifics suggested on clutch adjustments. Don\u2019t have the manual? Most companies offer online diagrams and manuals for downloading or ordering a replacement manual.\n\n\n\nHow Much to Tighten the Slipper Clutch\n\n\n\nA general rule of thumb is to tighten the slipper clutch back to its original factory settings. If you are not sure what the original factory setting is, try tightening it all the way, then backing it off just under a quarter of a turn. Righty-tighty, lefty loosey.\n\n\n\nDid Tightening the Slipper Clutch Work?\n\n\n\nOnce you have made your adjustments, it is time to test out your work. Before you put all the pieces back together, run a quick test on it to see if you have made the proper adjustments or if it needs a bit more tweaking.\n\n\n\nTurn transmitter on \tTurn vehicle on \tSecure vehicle to a flat surface \tPress throttle in short bursts \tVehicle\u2019s front tires should raise up 3-5.\u201d\n\n\n\nHow was that? Did your front wheels rear up?\n\n\n\nIf your wheels didn\u2019t reach at least 3\u201d, your slipper clutch is possibly too loose. Give it a quarter of a turn to the right.\n\n\n\nBut, if your wheels came up higher than 5\u201d, your slipper clutch is showing signs of being tightened too much. Adjust it by turning the nuts a quarter of a turn towards the left.\n\n\n\nTest and adjust until you are 100% confident that you have it right, and then take the time to properly reassemble and get back to driving!\n\n\n\nHow Do Electric- and Gas-Powered RC Cars Differ?\n\n\n\nIt comes down to speed, weight and price. And, very likely, driver preference.\n\n\n\nSpeed\n\n\n\nHalf the fun of RC cars is the speed. Hot nasty speed. How fast does your RC car go? Many enthusiasts prefer gas or nitro powered RC cars for high-speed fun. It can be argued that fuel-powered RC cars are much faster but less environmentally friendly than electric ones.\n\n\n\nWeight\n\n\n\nAnother large difference between fuel & electric driven RC cars is the weight. Typically, an electric (battery) driven vehicle is heavier due to the weight of batteries. But, the battery-powered vehicle will often run longer than a fuel-powered one.\n\n\n\nPrice\n\n\n\nOne more way that RC cars are often compared is by cost. On average, an electric or battery-powered RC car is more affordable. Not only is the initial purchase price considerably lower than a fuel-powered RC car, but it is also cheaper to run because you don\u2019t have to pay to refuel it.\n\n\n\nDoes a Clutch Help With Off-Roading?\n\n\n\nWhere is your favorite place to run your remote-control car? Through the woods, or around a local pit can be an adrenaline rush. When you play off-road, the ride is often unpredictable, giving the handler a more exciting adventure than if you were to ride around town via the paved sidewalks.\n\n\n\nSome racers enjoy staying close to the yellow brick road, and others can\u2019t stand being in the concrete jungle. They crave dirt, rocks, mud, and hills over flat land.\n\n\n\nIf off-road racing is your idea of fun, then you probably already know that having your slipper clutch in tune is absolutely necessary for keeping your car in the race. Stay in tune with your car to always be one step ahead of any mechanical issues. Where your vehicle goes, your tool bag should also go!\n\n\n\nIf you\u2019re ready to get your tires (and boots) dirty, what kind of RC car do you prefer for outback driving? Here are some of the most popular off-road vehicles:\n\n\n\nRock crawlers \tBuggies \tDesert racer \tMonster trucks\n\n\n\nHow a Slipper Clutch Helps When Racing\n\n\n\nNot limiting yourself to the blocks that surround your home, you may let your RC car take you wherever your imagination goes. Wonder what it would feel like to race your car up and down that huge blacktop ramp in the parking lot?\n\n\n\nOr wouldn\u2019t it be cool to take it to the local skate park to run it up the half-pipe? If you\u2019re up for a race, join an RC car group and ask them to meet you at the park for added fun in the sun!\n\n\n\nHow will a slipper clutch help you while racing through the streets and parks? It helps reduce the spinning of your wheels, and deterioration of your transmission\u2019s gears. Keep it tuned up for optimal performance.\n\n\n\nChecking and adjusting the slipper clutch is an important part of your RC car's maintenance. Check out this video below to learn how to do that. \n\n\n\n\nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=B2kGUZ4Vzy0\n\n\n\n\nCan a Clutch Help You on Wet Pavement?\n\n\n\nPicture this; you are whipping through the woods at top speed. And, the next thing you know, your remote-control car runs right into a puddle the size of a small pond. What now? Will the clutch help you gain traction?\n\n\n\nWhile a slipper clutch can be used to improve traction and reduce wheel spin on slippery surfaces, you\u2019re still not going to want to go through standing water for extended periods of time. You risk damaging sensitive components on your RC car including all of the many electronics that are on board. \n\n\n\nIf you have the water-resistant kit on it, you probably have less to worry about. But, if you do not have the protection plan, you could be looking at a very expensive repair bill.\n\n\n\nAttempting to take an RC car that is not made for water through a wet area could result in damaging your car, perhaps beyond repair. When a waterproof RC car comes into contact with water, there are seals and other things preventing the water from getting up into the sensitive mechanics of the car.\n\n\n\nSave yourself the headache of replacing your new toy and take our advice. Only introduce your RC car to the water, if it is built to sustain getting wet.\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nSo now you know more about clutches in RC cars, how to adjust them, and even if your car has one. With the RC hobby there are always new things to learn so it is important to keep learning at every step along your journey. \n\n\n\nIf you are interested in learning more about RC cars you can find an article that I wrote about how to pick the best RC car by clicking here.