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- The remote will not power on
- Unable to get the screws out to change the batteries
- The remote will not control the boat
- Water in Battery Compartment
- The boat will not stay afloat
- The boat will not travel forward but is semi-functioning
The remote will not power on
The light indicator does not blink initially like in normal operational use, and shows no signs of working.
Incorrect Battery Orientation
Slide the battery cover off the back of the remote control by firmly pressing your finger against the cover to slide it. Check that the positive and negative sides of the batteries are aligned appropriately. The battery should have both terminals labeled if you do not know which side is which.
Slide the battery cover off the back of the remote control. Replace old batteries with new ones.
Leakage of ‘Battery Acid’
Wear protective gloves. Clean the ‘battery acid’ with a Q-tip and vinegar or lemon juice. Try dipping the Q-tip in the solution and gently rub the acid spots on the battery. Replace with batteries of the same type.
Loose Battery Contacts
Remove the battery cover with a Phillips-head screw driver. Turn the tool counterclockwise to loosen the screw, and turn the tool clockwise to tighten them back. Be careful not to over tighten! Replace metal contact points within the battery compartment by bending the tab up to allow it to slide out.
Loose Battery Cable
Remove the battery cover with a Phillips-head screw driver. Turn the tool counterclockwise to loosen the screw, and turn the tool clockwise to tighten them back. Be careful not to over tighten! Check for any loose wires. If a loose wire is found Replace by soldering the wire back on to the contact point. Get a soldering iron and let it get warm enough. You may need an extra set of hands so get a friend to help you. Have them hold the wire on the contact point. Hold the tip of the iron right next to the contact point and apply solder to the tip of the iron, this will allow the solder to melt and gravity will let it drip down and bond the wire back to the contact point. Let cool and test.
Unable to get the screws out to change the batteries
The Phillips head screw is stripped for the cover.
The screw head is stripped
Able to use screw extractor tool and drill to remove the screw. Often the instructions on how to use a screw extractor can be found on the kit. Use this information from your screw extractor kit.
Excessive wear on the screw head
Put rubber band over screwdriver and remove the screw. To replace the screw, it is best to lay the rubber band over the screw first, then press the screw driver down, pinching the rubber band in between the screwdriver and the screw head. This allows maximum contact.
Rust on the screw head
Spray with rust remover then use screw extractor. Allow some time for the rust remover to set in and wipe off any excess rust remover.
The remote will not control the boat
There is no signal light coming on and no control of the boat.
Make sure the boat is in water. If the boat is not in water the two screws located at the bottom of the boat will not have an electrical connection. So the boat will not work unless put in water.
There are two AA-batteries located on the back of the remote. Simply slide off the cover to replace the batteries. Located in the boat itself are six AA-batteries and these will involve removing six screws located on the top of the boat. Keep track of all the screws by placing them into a small cup.
Make sure batteries are installed in the correct direction
Batteries have a positive and a negative terminal on the opposite sides of the battery. You have to make sure that the positive terminal is on the flat connection and the negative terminal is on the spring connection.
Water in Battery Compartment
Water keeps leaking into the battery compartment while the cover is on.
Replace the screws in the cover with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Ensure you have the right screw size by removing one and taking it with you to your local hardware store. Turn the screwdriver counterclockwise to remove screws. Turn the screwdriver clockwise to tighten new screws. Do not over tighten because this will strip the threads in the boat!
Remove the main cover and the battery compartment cover with a Philips head screwdriver. Replace the three gaskets.
The boat will not stay afloat
Water is leaking into the hull of the boat and I do not know why.
Possible cracks in the boat hull
Scan the hull for any possible cracks and if one is found a user can apply some form of leak sealant. Apply the sealant evenly and check the instructions for your particular sealant on how long it needs to dry before use.
The sealant that bonds the top half of the boat to the hull has failed
Try super-gluing the two halves back together. Apply a thin layer of super glue down the portion that has failed and allow to dry. Repeat this step one more time to ensure the bonds are resealed.
Leak has started at the propeller motor
Examine the point of contact between the propeller assembly and the boat hull. It was noted that some of the glue used to seal the boat was shown in this area. If that seal has failed this is a likely area for water to be entering the boat hull.
The boat will not travel forward but is semi-functioning
The boat is traveling in a circle and when I try to go forward.
Boat Propeller is broken
Examine the two boat propellers located on the bottom of the hull. If one of the propellers is bent or broken, this is the likely cause. To replace simply pull off the old propeller and push on the new one. The friction fit will hold it.
Servo motor has failed
Replace the servo motor by separating the top half and bottom half of the boat. User discretion is advised because this can be a fix that is more expensive than the boat itself. (Not recommended)