RC car tires, just like any other tires found on the real car, will likely need to be repaired at one point or another during their lifetime. Glue is most often used to do most of the RC tire repairs so it is essential to have it in your kit all the time for the sake of fixing your tires if they happen to need to be repaired at a bad time. \n\n\n\nIf you race your RC car off-road, eventually, your tire will start to separate from the rim or it\u2019s possible that the rubber of the tire itself might even break apart.Of course these things will happen when you least expect them so it is important to be prepared for these possibilities. \n\n\n\nOnce your RC car\u2019s tire has come off the rim or the tire itself has become damaged your first thought will likely be asking how to repair it. If you are unsure exactly how to do that then this article is for you. \n\n\n\nHow you repair the RC tire depends on what exactly the damage is. If the glue has just come loose between the tire and the rim then the easiest way to fix it is using some quick drying glue. \n\n\n\nIf however the tire itself has come apart you might have to replace the tire with a new one and reglue the new tire to the rim which is not the kind of fix that you can do in a couple of minutes. \n\n\n\nHitting the track with a tire coming unglued isn\u2019t an option and panicking as it begins to come unglued, well that never fixes a thing.\n\n\n\nWhat you need to do is get your tire and rim combo to stick together and stay together for an entire race but whether that will actually happen depends on how well you glued the tires in the first place as well as how old the RC tires are. \n\n\n\nSince many people (us included) often stress how important it is to start with impeccably clean tires and rims when gluing, this whole idea of quick track fix might sound unlikely, but read this article and see how it works \n\n\n\nHow to repair an RC tire trackside\n\n\n\nIf you find yourself in need of a quick repair when you are in the middle of a big day of racing or when you are simply out running your car around at the park, knowing how to fix a tire that has come loose from the rim quickly is an important skill to have. \n\n\n\nDe-glue\n\n\n\nIf you have to do a quick repair of your RC tire when you are on the go you will want to use a hobby knife to scrape away the loose glue residue that is still stuck to the tire and rim.\n\n\n\nBefore you begin adding new glue, use a sharp hobby knife to scrape off any glue from the separated tire rim carefully. It will enable the pieces to be pressed together more tightly, thus allowing for better glue bond.\n\n\n\nBrush\n\n\n\nUse an old brush to remove the dirt on the area to be glued. A clean surface is needed for the best possible repair task.\n\n\n\nUse the old brush to clean out the scraped glue pieces from step 1 and all of the large pieces of dirt. Ensure you work in a way that pulls the debris away from the tire and rim and doesn\u2019t force it in deeper. \n\n\n\nDeep clean\n\n\n\nAfter you remove loose dirt, finish your task with a cleaner such as motor spray or rubbing alcohol. There are many types of solutions that you can use to clean out dirt from the area to be re-glued.\n\n\n\nOne of the best solutions is the ordinary rubbing alcohol; also, the motor spray will work. Soak a paper towel with a cleaner and apply it to the tire and rim, but don\u2019t thoroughly soak the pieces, or you will run the risk of saturating the foam insert.\n\n\n\nRedo the process, switching to a clean section of towel each time, until the sheet stops picking up dirt.\n\n\n\nAdd glue\n\n\n\nUse high-quality glue that is specifically designed for RC cars and is also fast drying. In this step, you need to master two crucial things, which is using the right adhesive and applying the right amount of glue. Note that all CA glues are not equal.\n\n\n\nThere are a lot of good CA glues on the market, but you should make sure you stick with glue explicitly made for RC cars and since you are doing it on the fly they should also be fast drying if possible. \n\n\n\nAKA and Losi glues will work perfectly for most people (you can find those by clicking here).\n\n\n\nDo away with store brand glues and stick with thin glue. The medium might be a little easier to work with since it pours slower, but the thin glue dries very fast which is a must when you are repairing your tire trackside. \n\n\n\nFlexible glue is not recommended for racing either so that is something you should keep in mind. \n\n\n\nOnce you have the right adhesive, use the right amount, and use enough glue to wet the surface.\n\n\n\nHold tight\n\n\n\nTo get the bond to be as secure as possible, the tire must be firmly held in place until it sets, and the longer, the better. You can use a rubber band or wrap some electrical tape around the tire to keep everything in place.\n\n\n\nOnce the glue has dried to the touch (which if you use the right glue shouldn\u2019t be too long) you are ready to hit the track with your freshly repaired tire. It is important however that once you get back home you do a complete removal and replacement of the glue that failed as if one spot came off during use it is likely another part will in the future as well. \n\n\n\nIt is much better to make sure to do a proper cleaning and reglue than to have to repair the same tire or a different one the next time you are out racing your RC car! \n\n\n\nFactors that lead to frequent RC tire repair\n\n\n\nSome things will reduce the quality of your RC tires and will prematurelyLo wear them out. These things will cause you to constantly have to be repairing your tires which is certainly no fun at all. \n\n\n\nSome of these factors are: \n\n\n\nHeavy track use\n\n\n\nAn enthusiast who is into indoor track racing knows that 30 minutes of hardcore track looping will entirely shred a set of tires. Indoor tracks use a unique material that is very grippy. The reason behind this is that it keeps the tires from slipping but it does cause many issues in return.\n\n\n\nThe aggressive turns found on the typical indoor track are very challenging and harsh for the standard tire, which might not withstand such pressure and will often cause them to break the glue or get torn up even worse. \n\n\n\nThe massive turns will most likely do a number to your RC car\u2019s tires. So if you belong to this class of users, you are likely to spend a lot more money on replacing your tires and will be having issues much more often. \n\n\n\nUse of the wrong tires for the terrain\n\n\n\nWhen you use off-roading tires on paved roads, expect them to last for a much shorter time than they should. Off-roading tires tend to have aggressive tread that is meant for muddy conditions so using them on a hard surface will wear them out. \n\n\n\nBesides this issue your car will not accelerate as quickly either, and you will also risk damaging your car\u2019s internal parts. Using tires with deep thread is a waste of money on on-road conditions. The same thing applies to slick tires on trial-like terrain. \n\n\n\nRacing when it rains\n\n\n\nYou are really not being fair to your RC car when you decide to use it while it\u2019s raining or on a wet road. Most likely, your tires will not provide adequate traction and you could end up wrecking your RC car entirely. \n\n\n\nIt\u2019s best to avoid using your RC car to drive on wet roads like I have said above, because slipping tires and drifting with your RC car will cause severe deterioration of the tires.\n\n\n\nUsing your RC car aggressively in wet conditions is like deciding to destroy your tires and eventually, you have to repair or replace them.\n\n\n\nDoing stunts and tricks with your RC tires \n\n\n\nWhile doing things like donuts and drifting with your RC car might be fun and everything these things will destroy your tire\u2019s rubber. If you have an interest in doing stunts and tricks, hobby shops sell special tires mainly meant for that purpose.o\n\n\n\nThese particular tires are very slippery, which makes them perfect for doing these types of tricks and stunts. It is recommended you buy those special tires instead of using normal ones for donuts and drifting, which are meant for putting the power down instead of sliding around.\n\n\n\nConclusion\n\n\n\nWith nitro and electric systems getting more and more powerful and more prominent and powerful batteries coming out every day, the RC cars and trucks we race are certainly getting faster. The challenge is that almost every component is becoming much more taxed with all that extra power. \n\n\n\nItems like tires get abuse, and even the most perfect glue job can come undone at the worst possible moment. Understand and follow the steps discussed in this article, and you will be ready to fix your tires.