Why Is My RC Car Going Backwards?

If you are experiencing trouble with your RC car going backwards instead of forwards, it can be a very frustrating experience. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced RC racer, this problem can cause a major disruption to your race day plans. There are several potential causes for this issue, and understanding them is key to getting back on the track.

The first thing to check is your transmitter settings. Make sure that the car is set to go forward when you push the throttle forward. If this is not set correctly, then the car will not go in the direction you want it to.

The next thing to look at is the wiring of your motor. If there is a loose wire or short in the motor wiring, then it can cause the motor to spin in reverse when you try and move forward.

To test for this, remove all power from the motor and use a multimeter to make sure that all wires are properly connected.

Another potential cause of your RC car going backwards could be due to an issue with its battery power. An undercharged battery can cause problems with your vehicle’s performance, as it will not have enough power to move forward properly. Make sure that your battery is fully charged before attempting any further troubleshooting.

Finally, if none of these solutions work then you may need to replace some of the internal components of your RC car. This could include replacing worn gears or bearings, or even replacing the entire motor itself. If none of these solutions work then you may need to take your RC car into a repair shop for further diagnosis.


In conclusion, if your RC car is going backwards instead of forwards there could be several possible causes such as incorrect transmitter settings, faulty wiring in the motor, an undercharged battery or worn internal components. By diagnosing each potential problem one at a time you should be able to get back on track in no time!

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Stephen Dunn