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Hi Guys,

I have recently brought a Cars Micro set for my boy for Christmas with the intention of fixing it to a board for his bedroom. I have had it set up and it works like a dream however last night when I was giving it a test run and trying different track layouts. The red light on the power base started flashing and the transformer was clicking. The transformer was warm to the touch and the instructions mentioned about the short circuit protection. Wiped the track over unplugged for 45 secs for it to reset and upon plugging it back in the exact same thing was happening.

Left it for the night and tried it again today only for there to be no red light on the power base and obviously no movement on the cars. I had a look in the bottom of the power base and it looks like that one of the diodes and capacitors have burnt out.

I'm all for taking it back to modelzone but this particular set was the only one they had left and i,m not sure that me changing the track layout (making it smaller) has some how damaged it.

Could some one tell me if its alright to run a micro set without using all the track. If it is ok to do this, I seem to have a defective powerbase and will take it back and sort out an exchange.

I don't want to mention i made the track smaller and them say " Shoudn't have done that, your fault, you broke it so buy another".

Many thanks in advance for any advice.
 

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Hi.

There's no problem running with more/less track.

I wouldn't worry about having done anything wrong. Short circuits are easy and can occur when a car spins. Sounds like a duff power base. If Modelzone don't have a replacement then you can always get the exclusive Cars 2 set from Argos for £40 instead. Comes with Shu Todoroki which I think is a much nicer car than Nigel Gearsley
 
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