Thursday, May 13, 2021
Saturday, May 8, 2021
My son got an XPower "Pulls up to 50 Lbs!" dump truck for his birthday, but within a week it had stopped working. It would turn on and make noise, but would only drive sporadically. It turns out the problem is a somewhat flaky button design with an easy repair: Add a spring to the button.
There are only two kinds of screws used, both with Phillips heads, so disassembly is easy. You have to remove the wheel drive assembly to get to the circuit panel on which the problem switch is located.
- Remove the bottom plate, which includes the battery pack.
- Remove the wheel assembly (all four wheels come off in one large assembly). This will reveal the two screws noted below (Figure 2)
- Slide the cab off of the gear and motor assembly. The cab slides "up" from the truck's perspective.
- Remove the circuit board, speaker, and bed-closure button (Figure 3). There is no need to disconnect any wires.
- Remove the button (Figure 4)