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SCar from newly purchased set not running

NS

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Hi,

I'm new to Scalextric, just bought the Sunset Speedway ARC Pro (C1388T) set for my kids yesterday. One of the three cars in the set has stopped running, less than a day since we set the set up.

I'm trying to figure out how to debug this, and determine if this is a problem with the car, or the setup.

The problematic car was running ok at first, but now, when placed on the track, does not respond most of the time. A couple of times, it did come alive, and managed to do half a lap before it stopped and would not move.

I've tried pairing it to a different controller, and replacing the braids, to no avail.

When using the Scalextric app on an Android tablet, the car similarly does not move when attempting calibration.

Any suggestions on how to remedy this issue would be greatly appreciated. If I can't get this to work, I will have to return the set.

Thanks!

Andy P.

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Community Moderator

It sounds very much like a wire has come loose inside the car.

To be sure though take a 9 volt battery and apply it to the braids. If it is still not working take the braid plate off and apply the battery deirctly to the metal pick ups under the braid plate.

If the motor works then likely the braid plate is on upside down and not making contact to the pick ups.

If it still doesn't work you will have to inspect the insides of the car.

The cars with the set come with digital chips in them already but I am not sure if they are the digital chip plugs or if they are soldered directly to the car.

In any case, carefully take the body off by unscrewing it remembering where which screw was removed (they might be different lengths) and make a visual inspection if any cables have come loose.

You may have to jiggle them a bit.

The digital plug is the microchip in the middle of the car. Check it for obvious signs of damage or burning.

If you can, get a 9 volt battery and try to connect it directly the motor. You may need a small piece of wire to do that or someting else that conducts electricity.

If anything seems out of order after all this you should first contact where you got the set from and/or Hornby customer care with the links at the right.

NS

2 posts

Thanks so much for the detailed response, Andy. Applying the 9V battery to the braids would intermittently get the motor to run. Applying the battery directly to the motor worked every time.

I didn't spot any loose wires or damage to the chips, so I suspect I may have to send it in for replacement or repair.

Thanks again!

Andy P.

1844 posts


Community Moderator

It could just be bad contact between the plate and the pickups.

Make sure the plate is on correctly (they have a front/back and top/bottom) and/or apply power directly to the pickups under the plate.

If the motor works with power directly to the pickups it is defintiely a a plate problem.

Chris99

80 posts

@Andy P.

If you can, get a 9 volt battery and try to connect it directly the motor. You may need a small piece of wire to do that or someting else that conducts electricity.

Hi,

For future reference, if you connect a battery to the motor directly, you should unplug the DPR chip first otherwise it can damage the chip by inputting electricty to the output stage!

 

A common cause of the loss of power is a break in the wires hidden inside the black bead next to the brown capacitor.

Andy P.

1844 posts


Community Moderator

Thanks Chris99. You are correct. The plug should be taken out of the circuit before the direct to motor option is done..

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