How to repair power breaks or weak power sections on Scalextric

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How to repair power breaks or weak power sections on Scalextric

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There are power breaks or weak power sections on the Scalextric layout. Check here step by step how to repair.


Step One

When a car stops on a circuit this can indicate TWO breaks in electrical continuity since electricity travels in both directions around the track. If there was only one break then you would not notice it as electricity flows in both directions!The way to correct this problem is to:


Step Two

Disconnect the track behind the power base.


Step Three

Then drive a car forward at a slow speed. When the car crosses from one piece of track to the next there should not be a drop in power/speed.


Step Four

If there is a drop or loss in power, then fix the track connection. Disconnect both track pieces (the track piece immediately before and after the fault). Turn them over on a hard surface. Ensure that the metal rail tabs at the ends of the rails (there are 8 of them on every track piece) are fully pressed and clamped down to the plastic. Use a stout screwdriver or similar to push them tight


Step Five

Reconnect the repaired track pieces and retest by placing the car back at the powerbase and again drive the car slowly forward until you meet the next reduced or lost power section.


Step Six

Continue the above repair process until you get to the last track piece before the powerbase.


Step Seven

Reconnect the last track piece to the powerbase.


Step Eight

Full power should now be restored.


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