How to convert the Power Wheel into an Remote Control
Currently, there are many remote-controlled cars. Power Wheels cars are something that is still powered by batteries because of how they are made (the child is the one controlling the car that is the ride-on). Power Wheels has a way to transform the car into a giant remote-controlled car. Not only is it safe for the kids, but it’s fun for you!
Convert Power Wheels into Remote Control Yourself
How will this help?
A remote control car with drive wheels offers many advantages in addition to safety. It can also be beneficial if your child has not yet developed into a motor vehicle with drive wheels. If you have read this article to the end, you will have all the information you need to convert your motorized vehicle into a remote control vehicle.
1. Bring your tools together
Before you can begin there are some items you’ll need to purchase or locate:
- The Power Wheels car
- Double adaptors for batteries
- Large Servo
- Switches that are not normally used
- Remote Control (make sure it’s suitable for Power Wheels cars)
- Batteries for remote control
What is a Servo?
A servo can be described as a type of device that allows control over what it is connected to. In this case, you can control certain functions of your wheeled vehicle, including power, speed, and steering. It sounds very complicated, but converting your Power Wheels Car into a remote control is easier than it seems!
In terms of the tools you’ll require for your work, they are:
- Solder iron
- Electric tape
- Hand saw
- Wire cutters
- Spare wires
Check that you have everything you need prior to starting. If you are looking to purchase receivers by brand name there’s a broad selection of quality brands available in online stores.
Look around to see which one is suitable for your particular power wheel. Whatever the price of your receiver and servo be sure to purchase the top-quality one that is available to fit your budget. They will last for years of fun!
The most crucial thing is that the voltage of the receiver matches that of the power wheels of your vehicle. If it doesn’t, the moment you switch it on, your vehicle will not move, or its electrical system will be damaged! Everything else you require can be purchased at the local hardware retailer.
2. Remove Parts that aren’t needed
It is now time to start getting into the details of changing your vehicle’s power wheels. Certain components of your car can hinder your access to the wires that you need.
They are under the dashboard, you’ll have to remove:
- The steering wheel
- The bar in the back
- The windows
- The seats
- The grilles on the front
- The dashboard covers
If you are dealing with your steering wheel, simply have to cut up the middle portion that you then take away. This will leave a circular mark in the middle, which will let you know whether you’ve removed the correct piece. The circle will also inform you where to place the servo in the future.
As a rule of thumb, everything that is between you and the wires that you have to access must be kept to the side. A majority of these wires are located on the dashboard of your motors, however, some are located underneath the seating space.
When you have removed the parts of your power wheel ensure that you put them on a side that is secure since you’ll be reattaching them in the future.
What you have to take off in order to access the circuit inside is dependent on the model of the motors you are using. The dashboard will be located beneath the seat of the quad bike. There is no need to take off to access the steering wheel. which will save you time!
It is, however, necessary to require removing the whole plastic cover in order to get to the space. In the case of trucks, the majority of all wiring is hidden beneath the dashboard however, the wires will be an extended distance to travel across the vehicle.
Keep this in mind when you purchase additional wires to make extensions. The sports cars are usually similar in size to regular power wheel models and also have wiring underneath the dashboard on the front.
If this isn’t the case for your particular model, make sure to review your power wheel instruction manual. After that, you can turn the power wheels vehicle, remove the four tabs of the gas pedal and then remove it from the vehicle. Utilizing a handsaw, rid the area of any plastic around the region. Be sure to take out all wires that are surrounding the pedal, too.
3. Eliminate the Battery
Once you’ve removed any unnecessary parts It is now time to concentrate on the battery in the car with power wheels.
Unscrew the shifter to get access to the battery. Unscrew the battery connector as well as cut off the cable connecting the car’s power wheels and the adaptor for batteries.
You may be wondering how your car with power wheels will operate without batteries.
Don’t worry, you can place it under the seat back. This gives you the space to attach your servo.
The cables you’ll need in the next step are concealed beneath your dashboard in the vehicle with the power wheels. They are the ones that you will need for the next step.
If you’re just beginning and are unsure which equipment to purchase to make the switch to a vehicle to power wheels.
You can purchase an adapter kit for the remote control specifically designed for power-wheel vehicles. These kits are great for parents just starting out in the world of power wheel conversion.
The standard kit of conversion includes:
- Remote control
- Gearboxes 2
- Circuit board
- Steering motor
- Overload protection
It is simpler for you to change your existing power wheel to remote control since everything you need is included in the kit.
Instead of making intricate connections to various components of the vehicle All you have to do is connect to the correct parts of the vehicle’s power wheels using the appropriate switches.
These kits can be purchased starting at just $60 and they are a good value in terms of price. The only drawback to these kits is the fact that you will need to purchase your own battery because none of them are included.
4. Connect Your Servo
Now the time you read this, your car’s power wheels are no longer operated by hand. This makes space to mount your servo onto the dashboard. This will let you manage your car’s power wheels via remote.
This is where things become complex, so be sure to adhere to the steps with care. Consult the user’s manual for the servo you have and the instruction guide for your car’s power wheels when you’re stuck.
Connect a wire to your battery and then put the other end of the wire in the switch. It is possible that you will require a longer piece of wire to complete this process. The switch will then be located beneath the dashboard.
Locate the plus sign at the top of your servo. Make use of these signals to determine the best place to put your servo in the dashboard. There should be spots in which you can place your servo on the dashboard.
The ideal location to do this is near the edge of the area where the steering wheel is to be attached later.
After that, screw two pieces wooden pieces into the dashboard, and line them in conjunction with the servo. Connect these two pieces of wood to the servo with two wire cables.
This will ensure that your servo is securely attached to the power wheels of the vehicle.
The user’s manual of your servo will provide more details about how to connect to your specific device, but we’ve included some general guidelines below.
Think of it as a larger and more sophisticated variation of a traditional jigsaw.
Which function should you connect to which component of the car’s power wheels typically corresponds?
For instance, the notion that the motor wheels make depend on the foot pedal the on/off switch on the power wheels car is connected to the source of power for your receiver.
Check out the table below for which servo components must be connected to what parts of your car’s power wheels.
There may be additional wires to connect specific parts of your power wheel vehicle.
5. Connect the Servo and Receiver
It is now time to connect the Servo and receiver to ensure that you can manage your power wheels car.
Begin by using your electric tape to secure the receiver to the dashboard. Next, you need to find the appropriate channels on the Servo you must connect your receiver.
It is typically the first channel, however, you should double-check it using the manual for the receiver you have. After that, switch on the receiver and join it with the battery.
All you have to do is connect the receiver to the remote control. For this, start the motor wheels. Press the middle button on the remote control.
Three light bulbs on the central part of the control. They should start to blink. This indicates that it is connected to the receiver.
After a short time, the controller and the power wheel will be connected. If it doesn’t then you might have put the wires in the wrong place and you should take another check to ensure they are in the correct order.
Another option is connecting the servo to another switch which will allow users to switch off the receiver. But, this is an optional option, and not required to enable your Power Wheels car to work.
After you’ve checked everything is wired properly, you are able to put the wheel back in place with the help of a drilling tool and screw.
Be sure that everything is secured securely to ensure it’s secure for your child to ride on.
6. Try it out for an outing
Do you believe you’ve connected to everything? For your security, it is recommended to go on a Power Wheels car for a driverless drive.
Pick a location in which you lose control of the vehicle, but where there are no pets or children are likely to get through the accident.
Utilize the ‘S’ (speed button) to regulate the speed at which the power wheel turns. The speed at which you are at the minimum is displayed by the light that is at the bottom of the remote control.
Click the ‘S’ button repeatedly to increase the speed once the lights on all three are on.
If you are sure you are safe, conduct a second test by placing your child sitting in front of you. This is to make sure that their weight will not alter how fast the motor wheel spins, or their connection to the receiver.
When you’ve made sure that your Power Wheels vehicle passes these tests, you’ll be ready to start.
However, if problems occur in these testing, you should bring the PowerWheel automobile back to the workshop and have it tested once more.
It is possible that you have connected the wrong wires or the circuit might not even be connected. Check your servo or the manuals for power wheel vehicles to ensure that all wires are connected properly.
You should always make sure you have the right batteries for your remote control!
Lithium batteries are used. It opens in a new window Your Remote control (if compatible) will help you save cost, as they’re rechargeable, and you don’t have to purchase more.