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04-05-2009 03:26 AM  10 years ago
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sonnyhad

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Glow adapter cap
Whats the trick to getting the glow adaptor cap back on? I had a wire come out and pulled it off but can't seem to get it back on! Its got some kind of spring in it to keep it on, and I dont want to force it!
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04-05-2009 04:03 AM  10 years ago
TaleGunner

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PUSH real HARDCRASH! GLUE! REPEAT!
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04-05-2009 05:05 AM  10 years ago
rotormonkey

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If you're talking about a remote glow extension, mine has a spring too. The trick is you pull the wire a little bit, and slide it on while pulling.

If you pull the wire, and don't obviously feel the spring you probably don't have that type.

Hope that helps.
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04-05-2009 05:11 AM  10 years ago
sonnyhad

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Yes that the kind I have, with the spring! The wire came off it while the spring and cap was still attached. I don't know if the wire was once soldered on and the solder joint broke or what. I don't have any experience with these!Bald Pilots usually wear hats!
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04-05-2009 05:19 AM  10 years ago
rotormonkey

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I've never taken one apart to find out, and haven't had one fail on me yet. But if I had to guess, I'd say that's exactly it. It's probably supposed to be soldered on to the metal bit inside the cap. You could try soldering it back, but honestly, if it were me, I'd just go buy another. They're only $5 or so.

It's not like you can't fly without it. Just take the canopy off for starting until you get another.

That's what I'd do anyway
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04-05-2009 08:23 AM  10 years ago
mchammer

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My experience with them is once they fall apart it will continue to give you alot of grief if you try to repair it.

Throw it away and be done with it. I like the aligator clip type better.
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04-05-2009 01:44 PM  10 years ago
sonnyhad

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Thats sounds logical, will probably give me more trouble than its worth! Thanks guys!Bald Pilots usually wear hats!
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04-05-2009 02:01 PM  10 years ago
Hellsiege

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Like mentioned above with the aligator clip, keep it the way it is now and solder the aligator clip to where the spring spark plug looking cap was and be done with it. This way instead of replacing your paying $2 for clips from radio shack...

I struggled with getting one off once the wire came out as well - had to just plyers and pull, and it eventually wiggled off.
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04-05-2009 02:34 PM  10 years ago
sonnyhad

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Hellsiege, can those wires ground out and cause the motor to lose power and cut out?Bald Pilots usually wear hats!
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04-05-2009 03:31 PM  10 years ago
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can those wires ground out and cause the motor to lose power and cut out?
No, after the engine is running the plug needs no electric to stay lit. If the alligator clip shorts against the engine, before the engine starts, it won't start. In my experience of 12 years, that's all I've been running on all my helis. Never liked the boot on the remote adapters because of no air flow over the glow plug, don't need anymore heat than necessary.
Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?
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04-05-2009 06:02 PM  10 years ago
Hellsiege

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I've had the clip grounded out on the head and it still worked on the rcats system I have... just took 3 or 3.5a to light the plug. Depends on how you have aligator clipped if it can rotate to come in contact with head when you put canopy on. In my case it was always good until the canopy went on

I'm not a big fan of the boot either, seems when head gets hot it melts the solder holding wire in boot and with zero airflow ends up causing this whole mess in the first place
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04-05-2009 06:45 PM  10 years ago
rotormonkey

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Meh.. I don't get what everyone's problem with the boot is. I like it just fine. And it DOESN'T ground out on the head no matter what.
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04-05-2009 07:16 PM  10 years ago
Zaneman007

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The boot is crap. The wire has come out of all three of mine.

So, I switched to "Fuel tubing", yep fuel tubing.

Just cut of a quarter of an inch or less. Then run the wire into it, now push the fuel line with the wire in it onto the glow plug. Works like a charm.
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04-05-2009 07:31 PM  10 years ago
sonnyhad

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I wonder if the glow plug got so hot it melted the solder! I am afraid i burnt the piston! I'll know in a few minutes when i stick a probe in the glow plug hole and feel if thats a little tear in there or not!Bald Pilots usually wear hats!
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04-06-2009 07:09 AM  10 years ago
mchammer

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I wonder if the glow plug got so hot it melted the solder!
your engine would have seized long before the solder melts.
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04-06-2009 10:38 AM  10 years ago
artimus

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+1 on the fuel tubing method...and if you ever have a problem with it just cut another piece of tubing ....Fly Hard......Team Viagra
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04-06-2009 12:06 PM  10 years ago
sonnyhad

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I guess once you see how the wire and spring go on the glow plug its not so bad. You have to pull the wire and push the fitting with the hole in it, in opposite directions while you lift it off!Bald Pilots usually wear hats!
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04-06-2009 06:42 PM  10 years ago
Raffy

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For the fun of fixing it, pull the spring lock mechanism off the boot with a needle nose plier. Resolder the wire and reinsert it back in the boot. If you do a good job it might just last longer.
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04-06-2009 06:43 PM  10 years ago
chopper_crazy

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I never had good success with the spring loaded type. I use the alligator type and has worked great.It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!
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04-06-2009 06:56 PM  10 years ago
sonnyhad

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Yep, if it doesn't work right, its the alligator clip or the fuel tubing!
Thanks for all your input fella's
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