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Author Topic:   Weekly Checklist, what should be on it.
Dirt Administrator

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posted April 13, 2002 12:57 AM UIN: 16262997
d4490 had a suggestion that we compile a weekly maintenance checklist for everyone to put in the toolbox, what I am looking for is what your thoughts are about what should be in it. I will combine them all on one document for download from the toolbox. You guys are making this one up, so what are your thoughts?


Dirt Forum Racer

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posted April 13, 2002 04:59 PM
We start up front and check for bent or damaged upper & lower control arms, upper & lower ball joints, tie rod ends, drag link, idler and steering arms, to include that all cotter pins are intalled were required, also check front wheel bearings. Then we move to the rear and check the trailing arms, J-bar, drive line and u joints, also check all rod ends for damage and free movement. also check for bent or damaged shocks. when checking suspension parts take time to look at thier mounting points for bends, wrinkles, cracked welds and cracked paint. we also do what we call NUT AND BOLT the car Just check all nut and bolts for tightness. Then we check front end for correct caster and camber and toe settings. Any major difference in these settings is a sure sign of damage and you need to recheck all front end parts. And dont forget to check and fill all fluids In the car. These are our weekly checks.

Dirt Full Roller

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posted April 13, 2002 08:49 PM
after you have raced for a while you know every thing that gets loose and only about once a mounth and each winter you sould really have to do a run through but every week you should check sepention bolts

Dirt Administrator

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posted April 14, 2002 06:26 PM UIN: 16262997
I still think a list would be good, especially if you have helpers that might not know the parts as well as you might.


Dirt Full Roller

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posted April 14, 2002 09:27 PM
Dont forget to double check your SAFETY equiptment. If your suit was covered in fluids ,get it cleaned. If you bring a fire extiguisher for your pit area,make sure its charged.
Check belts,window net-release mechanism,steering release & fire bottle if you have one. (I had a fire bottle leak out one time from a cracked line. I found it by chance)
I always double check any bolted on ballast.
I dont want an oversight on my part to hurt someone else.

Dirt Maniac

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posted April 15, 2002 07:53 AM UIN: 27426975
before leaving for the track and the long haul, double check to make sure you have your money to get in! they don't take IOU's. LOL.


Dirt Freak

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posted April 15, 2002 12:37 PM
Set valves , test valve spring pressure , clean or replace oil filter ,change oil , clean or replace fuel filter , check oil pan for dent's or other problem's that will make the oil pump pick up suck bottom (wet sump) , service carb linkage , check water level , check fuel system for loose fitting's or bad line's , check ignition timing , check fan belt's , check water line's and hoses , check oil line's , check header bolt's , check intake bolt's , just to name a few

Hendren Racing Engines
Rutherfordton , NC

Dirt Full Roller

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posted April 15, 2002 08:37 PM
The guys have good suggestions. I agree check for bolt tightness, u-joints, Lubricate all ball joints, tie rod ends etc. I also think that all ride heoghts should be checked, and the car scalled. Any variation in these numbers will indicate bent suspension. A previous post indicated more then enough information for motor checklist. I don't think they mentioned cutting the oil filter in half and checking for particles. This could save a motor from premature failure. Other then general maintenance of suspension, motor and reviewing set-up this sets the weekly standard. We basically go back over our prerace set-up sheet and duplicate the numbers prior to any changing such that we know that the car is undammaged and there is no resultant set-up deviation.

Dirt Forum Racer

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posted April 19, 2002 01:22 PM UIN: 6762482
Well, first we always start with washing the car! After washing, we always take a brush to the brake rotors to get the rust off and at the same time remove the calipers and check the brake pads. Otherwise, the other lists are great. Only other things I would add are refilling your fuel cans. Making sure all the trailer tools and supplies got back in the trailer and weren't left in the shop. And the most time consuming thing for us... tires! We wash... if necessary, grind... then mount new ones and remount old ones until we get a "set" that works together in terms of stagger. Sometimes we can go a couple weeks with the same tires, but not always... and it always seems to take forever to find "matching" tires that will work together.

Dirt Freak

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posted April 19, 2002 05:22 PM
Yeah!! modman97,
someone who pays attention to safety too. I think its a good idea Jammin and will get one as soon as its on the site. Judging from what I read I can't think of anything else to add.

Dirt Freak

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posted April 20, 2002 01:48 AM
I won't try to make a list......I will give my thoughts on getting things done in a orderly fashion.
The day following the last race of the week the car should be washed, top to bottom, inside-out......then one guy should be checking the motor over, valves, oil, those things......this way if there is a problem you find it with enough days before the next race to replace the motor or repair if nessesary. If you have a helper he can start at the front of the car checking nut and bolts.......every nut and bolt on the car.

The following night can be spent changing thing for the next race........springs, shocks, mounting tires, cleaning air-fuel filters...........

then the next night everyone stays home with thier own family.....this will keep you buddies wife from getting toooooo upset with the racing thing........VERY IMPORTANT.

thenext night is spent re-stocking the trailer, filling fuel jugs, paper towels, fixing lights on/in trailer, loading car....

The first night being Monday, then Tuesday, with everyone taking Wednesday off to be with family, loading the car Thursday night to be ready for Friday...

I will also say, who ever does one job should do the same job week after week after week...........they get faster and spot problems easy that way..........

If you found a motor problem on monday the schedule will be off a little the rest of the week...........LOL

The other check list is for IMCA racer only......enough money to claim a motor, or enough money to make bail in the event you GET claimed yourself.......


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