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Hey everyone I'm Charles with Speedway Motors Tech Talk and we're here in the shop today with Frankie Galusha the general manager of EMI and our local micro sprint expert we're gonna talk a little bit about drivetrain maintenance today and some of the important things we need to remember Perfect thanks Charles yeah no I think it's extremely important that this is something we share with customers and and micro sprint drivers across the nation because the drivetrain components are obviously critical to getting power to the ground right so

Anyways once you get your drivetrain components taken apart off the car the first thing you want to do that's it's probably one of the most important is check your chain for straightness What I like to do is dangle it and look down you know just kind of right above and what I'm looking for is any bent links or anything that indicates any type of damage to the chain you don't want to put a damaged chain on your car because it could potentially risk ruining sprockets it could break Come off Yeah it could come off and inflict damage on other components that are obviously important in that area Yeah so you're checking for probably side to side bend and also if like a link isn't free

Exactly make sure as you go through and you check it you make sure all the links are free and they are not bound up anywhere but you'll kind of be able to tell if that's gonna be the case because you'll be able to see when you're inspecting your chain whether or not one of the links are bent Alright well we got it checked this one straight ready good to go now I say we clean it So with the chain specifically one of the things I like to do is put it in a small pan and I'll just fill it up with the with the solvent here from the parts washer that way while I'm scrubbing it it's soaking well too to help kind of break some of that grit and grime loose Now what if you don't have a parts washer? Brake cleaner just mineral spirits anything that can get a lot of the grime and grit off of the chain one thing I like to use is wd-40 when I'm at the racetrack but literally just get in here and scrub the links real well It's really important to get that thing good and clean so you always go back and rinse it off a couple times make sure you get it good and clean

Same thing with the sprockets we've got a couple sprockets here just go through scrub them off rinse them well rinse them well with the with the solvent So once you get these components clean and your gonna rinse them off with water and then let them air dry just gonna let them air dry wipe them down? Yeah so typically what I do is once I get it thoroughly scrubbed and rinsed off with the solvent I just literally pull it out and and I'll just wipe it off with some towels You could always use compressed air once you're done with that but just to make make sure you wipe it good and clean once you got it scrubbed Okay so once we got it clean the next step is to lubricate the chain so so one of my favorite things to do is just let it soak and oil all week this is this is one of the first things you should do when you unload your car that way you get it clean because it's important that this change soaks in oil for a few days right So what I like to use is chainsaw bar oil something like that and literally just fill a pan up you can see over here I've got some other chains that have been cleaned they're just sitting in oil

It's important that not only before you put the chain on the car it's well lubricated but even between races you continue to lubricate your chain because when your chain gets dry it can get hot when it gets hot it can get weak this is going to help with performance obviously when everything's free it's working better it's easier for the engine to pull the chain but also longevity wise you know when it when it gets overheated multiple times it's more apt to break or fatigue so Right and this is something that we're gonna do weekly week in and week out it's not a once a month thing it's Correct I literally do this every time I race so when I get home from a weekend of racing and unload the car into the garage the first thing I do is take these components apart get them cleaned up get the chain in the oil So I've got them clean we've got them in the oil do you just take them out of the oil put them out on the car do we let them drip dry a little bit? This could get messy once you pull it out of the oil right so one of the things that I recommend and then that I do every time I I get ready to put the chain on the car as I actually I hang it up and let it drip some of the excess oil off of it so And it looks like it drips just right back into the tray that way you're not wasting any

It can make a mess but I try to keep it quarantined and hang it right over the pan of oil so we're not getting it everywhere all over our shop floor but maybe let it hang for 30 minutes or so it'll drip all the extra oil off and then once it's done dripping you can go ahead and put it on your racecar Well thank you so much for showing us a little about drivetrain maintenance today and thank you guys so much for watching

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