Team Associated Monster GT – Maintenance Articles

Team Associated Monster GT – Maintenance

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Team Associated Monster GT – Maintenance


Even if the Monster GT is a tough and reliable truck, you must do maintenance to keep it in good running order. With time, I realize that a preventive maintenance is the best way to prevent frustrating problem on the race track or when bashing.

Like the full scale cars, I made a maintenance schedule based on how many fuel tanks you ran. This schedule is not definitive, I’ll adjust it as long as I run my truck.

Before starting

  • Be sure air filter is clean and securely installed.
  • Charge your receiver pack.
  • Charge your glow starter.
  • Charge transmitter batteries.
  • Make sure all servos operate perfectly and all trims are adjusted.

Every tank

  • Check for loosen wheels nuts.
  • Be sure air filter is clean and securely installed.

Every 5 tanks

  • Do all previous maintenance.
  • Clean air filter.
  • Inspect spur gear for wear.
  • Check drive shafts cups pin for loose or damage.
  • Check turnbuckles’s end for any loose or bending.

Every Quarter

  • Do all previous maintenance.
  • Check cracked fuel tubes.
  • Clean air filter with soft soap and apply air filter oil.
  • Tight all easy to access screws (shocks, skid plates, servos, bumpers, …).
  • Inspect pivot balls for any dirt located between pivot ball and pivot cap.
  • Disconnect the steering servo arm and check your steering system, wheels should turn freely from right to left.
  • Check your clutch bell bearings and clutch shoes for abnormal wear. You can use 300 sand grit to remove dirt on the clutch shoes.
  • Check fuel tank o-ring located in the tank cap. If dry, apply a thin coat of grease or oil on the o-ring.
  • Use a tooth brush to clean your engine head fins to prevent overheating.
  • Check shocks for any oil leaks, refill shocks with fresh oil.
  • Remove the slipper clutch and inspect pegs for wear. If the pegs are worn, replace them. Reinstall your slipper and tight the nut until the spring is fully compressed and then loose nut about 1/4 turn.
  • Unscrew shocks from the a-arms. Check all your a-arms, they should move freely. If not, their is chance that your pivot balls or hinge pins are dirty.
  • Tight all CVA and drive shafts pins.
  • Inspect front and rear diffs for any looses.
  • Inspect transmission drive cups for wear.
  • Inspect all wheel bearings for loose or dirt.

Every gallon

  • Do all previous maintenance.
  • Remove major parts (engine, transmission, diffs, skid plates) and clean your truck.
  • Replace all worn, bent or broken parts.
  • Reinstall all parts, use thread lock to secure metal to metal screws.
Sylvain Lafrance

Sylvain Lafrance

Hello, my name is Sylvain Lafrance and I am the man behind I have bought my first hobby grade RC in the early 90s. With years, what that started as a simple hobby, quickly became a strong passion. I am so much passionate about R/C that I have created in 2006 to share my experiences with R/C products that I use for racing and bashing. Follow me !

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