Anyone who has tried to drive during rain or even only on a very wet track knows very well that at the end of the session the kart is almost a disaster. Beyond the mud and dirt, water in the long run, can create problems with the functioning and efficiency of the vehicle. Therefore, a well-done cleaning is certainly something that should be done. True, cleaning the kart is one of the least exciting upkeep jobs for kart drivers, yet by following these 7 simple steps (+1), things might seem faster and not as boring.
First of all, no specific products are necessary. A simple degreaser like the ones used at home are sufficient. Spray the product(s) all over the chassis, then with a soft bristle brush go over the entire frame focusing on the dirtiest spots like the steering shaft and its support struts, the bearings, the uniballs, the “Cs” of the spindles and the junctions of the pedals. The correct procedure requires moving the brush vigorously until foam is formed, then rinse with a water hose. The ideal way to quickly and thoroughly remove all the dirt would be to have a pressure washer available, but it is not exactly that easy to bring one to the track!
Using a very common air compressor, dry the kart by having all the water blown away, especially the water that gets in between the joints and the bearings. Special attention should be paid to the steering shaft support structure and the stub axles screws because if the water is not completely removed from these areas, it can “sit” in there and cause rusting of essential components.
One of the elements which requires the utmost attention is the air filter, because if water gets in there it would be a big problem. When returning to the pits, therefore, it is necessary to remove the filter and blow it out with the compressor, making sure the no water is left inside it. Once the filter is reassembled, if you have to go back onto the track, you need to cover the air intake holes in order to prevent the water from getting inside and reaching the carburetor. On the market there are various products available which provide a suitable cover to be used in case of rain, otherwise, following an artisan method, you can use the number plates or some small plastic water bottles cut with an appropriate knife.
As for the entire engine compartment, you need to use a lot of lubricating spray (like WD-40 which is always available in a kart driver’s toolbox). It must be applied particularly on the connectors of the control unit in order to form an insulation layer which will help in reducing electrical problems.
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