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Can I wash a Titant 12t 550 motor in water?

Old 01-03-2017, 06:57 PM
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Default Can I wash a Titant 12t 550 motor in water?

I have upgraded my Stampede's motor to a Castle Sidewinder and now I have this useless Titan 12T motor. I'm going to sell it on eBay and get about $12 from it and it had dirt all over it so I was wondering if I could use Warm soap and water to clean it. Could I maybe use simple Green instead of/as well? Or should I just use it for something else?
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Yes, you can. I don't know why you would want to. Water will just sit inside for long time without any drying assistance. I would spray the motor with motor spray/electrical contact cleaner to flush out any residue, and speed up water drying process. Don't forget to oil the bearings.

I always just use motor spray to clean my motors.

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use motor spray and do it right, I don't see how anyone will give you ten bucks plus shipping for it anyway
Old 01-07-2017, 10:16 AM
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Use WD40 after to displace any moisture left inside. If possible, add bearing lube to the rotor bearings.
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Originally Posted by EXT2Rob View Post
Use WD40 after to displace any moisture left inside. If possible, add bearing lube to the rotor bearings.

I know this is an old thread so hopefully you have not done this yet. If so it will hopefully stop the next person.

DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES SPRAY WD40 INTO THE MOTOR
. WD40 is a great cleaner but a terrible lubricant. It's simply designed to remove water and for very mild lubrication. Getting old on the motor brushed will also destroy the motor in very short order. Problem is spraying it into the motor will get it on the comm, rotor and brushes and they will be toast.

To answer the original question. Yes you can wash it with soap and water. A better option is to set the motor in a cup of water and run it slowly for about 1 minute. This is a very common thing for Titan motors for both break in and cleaning. Once the motor comes out of the water you can run it up to speed once to remove 90% of the water then break out the hair dryer and get the the motor warm to remove the last bits of water.

Lastly you'll was to place 1 drop of some type of oil on each bushing. Don't get too picky about what you use here. Just don't use WD40. Light weight shock oil works great as well as norma motor oil. Only use one small drop per side and you'll be good to go.
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Originally Posted by john01374 View Post
I know this is an old thread so hopefully you have not done this yet. If so it will hopefully stop the next person.

DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES SPRAY WD40 INTO THE MOTOR
. WD40 is a great cleaner but a terrible lubricant. It's simply designed to remove water and for very mild lubrication. Getting old on the motor brushed will also destroy the motor in very short order. Problem is spraying it into the motor will get it on the comm, rotor and brushes and they will be toast.

To answer the original question. Yes you can wash it with soap and water. A better option is to set the motor in a cup of water and run it slowly for about 1 minute. This is a very common thing for Titan motors for both break in and cleaning. Once the motor comes out of the water you can run it up to speed once to remove 90% of the water then break out the hair dryer and get the the motor warm to remove the last bits of water.

Lastly you'll was to place 1 drop of some type of oil on each bushing. Don't get too picky about what you use here. Just don't use WD40. Light weight shock oil works great as well as norma motor oil. Only use one small drop per side and you'll be good to go.

I learned that the hard way MANY years ago(pre internet era so had no way to look it up) when I decided to put some on some model trains motors to stop their squealing. It sure did stop it, and stopped them from moving.

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