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What To Do If Your Nitro Engine Pull Start Locks Up?

Have you ever been out with your Friends and you went to start your nitro RC car but when you pulled the string it did not go back in? maybe it has done it before but always went back in after a couple of seconds but this time will not. Well in this article we will go over everything you need to know about your nitro engine pull start and what to do if it locks up. 

So what do you do if your nitro engine pull start locks up?

Although you can normally fix the engine pull string by taking a screwdriver and tapping on the pull string box, the proper way to completely fix the issue is to replace your pull string starter with either a new one, or a drill start conversion kit. 

If you want to see the best place to buy a replacement pull string starter, you can find them by clicking here

If you want to know more about replacing your nitrogen pull start and what to do when it locks up you will want to keep reading this article. You can also check out this video to learn exactly how to temporarily fix it if you are at a race or with friends. 

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Nitro RC cars

Although there are many people that own RC cars, not all of them are nitro. There are a lot of RC cars that are battery operated. Although having a battery operated RC car is not bad, a lot of people want the real sound of racing when they go out to use their RC car. There are only a few battery operated cars that have a speaker and put out sound, while the rest are simply quiet. Even the ones that have the speaker that pumps out sound, it is not near as good sounding as a real nitro RC car. 

Nitro RC cars run on actual nitro fuel, and normally use a pull string to run their engine. They are normally pretty loud, for their size, but that is what makes them so much fun! When you are playing or racing one of these nitro RC cars, you don’t feel like you are playing with a kids toy, but instead, can feel the rev of the engine in your chest with every acceleration. 

How to replace and fix your pull string starter on your nitro RC car

Many people have had the issue where their pool stream starter on their nitro RC car did not go back in. This is a very common problem and although it is very annoying when it happens it can normally be temporarily fixed fairly easily. In order to fix this pole string issue you’ll want to take off the cover to your RC car to where you have visible access to the pool string starter box. Once you can see the pull string starter, all you will need to do is hold the pull string in your hand and take a screwdriver or something hard to tap the pull string box. This tapping should loosen up whatever is stuck on the inside and your pole string should begin to retract back into the box. Although this is not the proper way to fix your pool stream starter, it will work so you can continue to race and use your RC car right now. 

The proper way to fix your pole string starter on your nitro RC car is by replacing the pull string starter. You can replace it with a new pull string starter or a drill conversion kit. Replacing your pull string with either of these items is not very hard to do and normally only takes a few minutes. All you need to do is to get access to the engine, and remove the four screws that hold on the pull string. From there you can simply replace it or attach the conversion kit. If you were looking for the best place to buy a new pull string starter you can find them here. If you decide you do not want to deal with a pull string anymore and you want to use a drill conversion kit to start your nitro RC car you can find one of those here

Should I use a drill starter instead of a pull string?

As you can see replacing the pull string is not hard to do, but some people still do not do it, as it makes one more piece for them to carry when they take the RC car out to be used. Even if you are not going to change your RC car pull string to a drill operated one, it is not a bad idea to carry the kit with you. 

This is because the pull string that you are using over time will eventually begin to fray and then break. There is nothing worse than getting to a place to play with your friends or race your nitro RC car, and your pull string breaks. If you do not have one of these conversion kits, you will be sitting there without any way of starting your RC car. 

Noone wants to be sitting there with all of their friends and not able to start their RC car because they continued to use a pull string instead of the drill conversion kit. If you already have this kit installed on your car, you not only know how much easier it is to start your car, but you do not have to worry about the string breaking as the drill uses a steel rod to start the car. This is why many people will replace the pull string on their RC car, once the pull string starts to show some wear, and others will replace the pull string as soon as they get the RC car. 


Now that you can see that there are multiple options to replacing or fixing your pull string that is locked up, you will have to decide what is best to do. Some people will decide to keep using the pull string that they have and keep tapping the pull string box to fix it every time. This would drive other people crazy, and they would immediately replace the pull string with a new one. Other people will replace the pull string with a drill conversion kit so they never have to worry about the pull string breaking or being stuck again. 

Although there are different options to fixing your pull string that is stuck, you will need to decide what is best for you as every person has a different preference on what they want. 

No matter what option you decide to use when you fix your RC car pull string, you will see that none of the options are complicated to do, and you can easily do them yourself. Replacing the pull string normally only takes a few minutes and the only tools required are a screwdriver. If you do not use your RC car that often, you may not want to spend the money on a new pull string or conversion kit, but if you race or use your RC car all the time, replacing the pull string is probably your best option.