What Oil Do You Use in RC Car Shocks?

RC cars are a great hobby that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and levels. But to keep your RC car running smoothly, you need to know the basics of maintenance.

One key component in keeping your RC car running smoothly is the shocks. The type of oil you use in your RC car shocks will have an important impact on how your car performs.

The shock oil you use should be matched to the type of shocks your RC car is equipped with, as well as the weight of your vehicle and terrain you are riding on. For instance, if your RC car has oil-filled shocks, a lighter oil such as 10w30 or 5w40 will help to reduce friction and provide superior suspension performance. However, if you’re racing on rougher terrain that requires more grip and stability, a heavier weight oil such as 20w50 or 30w90 is recommended.

Another factor to consider when selecting shock oil for your RC car is the viscosity rating. Viscosity indicates how thick or thin the oil is and affects how well it flows when subjected to heat.

Generally, lighter oils have lower viscosity ratings (such as 10w30) while thicker oils have higher viscosity ratings (such as 20w50). It’s important to select an oil that has the right viscosity rating for your application; otherwise it could lead to premature wear or even damage.

Finally, it’s important to use a quality shock oil in order to get the best performance out of your RC car. Low-quality oils may contain impurities that can cause wear and tear on internal components such as pistons and seals over time.


When selecting an oil for your RC Car Shocks, it’s important to take into account factors such as weight, terrain conditions, and viscosity rating. Using a quality shock oil will ensure that your vehicle performs at its best while minimizing any potential wear or damage caused by impurities in the oil.

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Karen Watkins