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Outdoor racing is set to begin!

Outdoor racing is set to begin at Kvindlog’s outdoor dirt race tracks. We have an oval course and a road course on the property. We will host outdoor races set to begin on October 2. See the events calendar for more dates.

A few items to note about the outdoor racing:

We will alternate between the oval course and the off-road course each week. If the weather holds, these races may extend into November.

There are NO tables or chairs onsite. Please bring your own! Outlets are at a premium. We will have a few power strips available to use, but it is best if you come prepared with charged batteries.

The cost is $15 per person – cash only.

Food, beverages, and extra RC parts are available for purchase at Kvindlog’s. Please support our local business – we work hard to bring these events to you on our own time.

Transponders are OPTIONAL. If you want to be scored, you’ll need one.

This event is weather permitting. If the event is canceled due to inclement weather, it will be posted on Kvindlog’s Facebook page AND the Waldo RC Madness group page.

We will follow the same rules and classes as Indoor RC Racing. 4x4s and Nitro cars will be placed in the open class. It is obvious that we cannot please everyone….if you are not sure about your RC vehicle, bring it with you and we will find a spot for you.

We are looking forward to a FUN time racing. We hope you are able to join us!

Summer Hours

Our summer hours begin May 24!

Indoor Racing/Indoor Flying Canceled

In accordance with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Emergency Order, indoor racing and indoor flying have been canceled.

Indoor Racing Update

Just a reminder that there is NO RACING on February 8!

We will return for a fun night of racing on Saturday, February 15. Open track time will be from 4 to 6. Races will begin at 6 pm.

Serpentine Belt Service

Don’t you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you’re zipping down a busy road? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator – which charges the battery; the water pump – which cools the engine; the air conditioning and the power steering pump. All are pretty important parts. It is called a serpentine belt because it snakes around a bunch of engine components.

Serpentine belts are amazingly tough. They can last for years and go long distances. Like all moving parts, however, they eventually wear out. If your belt breaks while you are driving around, everything will come to a halt within minutes. You need to stop the vehicle immediately or it will overheat, potentially causing engine damage. You can be sure that it won’t happen at a convenient time or place. (As if there was a convenient time or place!) You might even need to get your vehicle towed to Kvindlog Services. It’s no wonder that vehicle manufacturer’s recommend a belt replacement on schedule. It’s one of those “have-to’s.”

Drivers who hear a squeal when accelerating, or a slow, slapping sound at idle, should have their serpentine belt looked at. The pros at Kvindlog Services will visually inspect your belt to see if it needs to be changed sooner than scheduled. If the belt has more than three or four cracks every inch or couple of centimeters, has deep cracks that penetrate half the depth of the belt, is frayed, is missing pieces or has a shiny, glazed look, it needs to be replaced regardless of age or mileage.

Serpentine belt replacement is relatively inexpensive, especially compared with the cost and inconvenience of being stranded or getting a disabled vehicle back to Kvindlog Services for repairs.

You’re mom was right: an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

Tentative Racing Rules

The following are our tentative rules for indoor racing at the Waldo Memorial Hall.

Kvindlog Hobby racing rules are put in place to keep the racing safe, fun and family friendly. All drivers must sign in before using the track.

All RC vehicles must be electric powered. No nitro or gas.
1/10 scale or smaller
All LiPo batteries must be charged in approved LiPo sack
A “pit towel”must be used while working on your vehicle in the pits.
No smoking in the building, this includes E-cigarettes.
No alcohol or drugs.
No foul language or bad behavior of any kind.
Drivers must clean up your pit area before leaving.

Sportsman Novice Class (TRAXXAS division)
Must be a stock 2 wheel drive Slash, Rustler, Bandit or Stampede.
Must be NON VXL with a Titan 12T motor.
Batteries must be NIMH only. NO LiPo in this division.
Batteries must be no more than 8.4V and 3300MAH.
Tires must be stock Traxxas tires.
The two upgrades that are allowed are metal gears in the steering servo and the upgraded shocks part #TRA5862.
Absolutely no personal modifications to the chassis, suspension or steering.
Replaced parts must be TRAXXAS brand.

Sportsman Class
Must be 2 wheel drive 1/10 scale RC Vehicle
Brushed motors only (no brushless motors)
2S LiPo batteries or Nimh 8.4V batteries
Traxxas LCG Chassis is allowed in this class.
No large bore racing shocks
Personal modifications to the chassis, suspension and steering is allowed.
Open tire rule
Aftermarket parts (RPM, Proline ect…) are allowed.

Modified Class
1/10 scale RC Vehicle 2 or 4 wheel drive
17.5T Brushless motors maximum
2S LiPo batteries or Nimh 8.4V batteries
Open tire rule
Open shock rule
Aftermarket parts (RPM, Proline ect….) are allowed.
Personal modifications to the chassis, suspension and steering is allowed.

Open Class

Indoor RC Racing Set to Begin!

We will begin indoor RC racing on Saturday, November 9 at the Waldo Memorial Hall (308 W. First Street, Waldo). Racing will be from 4 to 9 pm. A driver’s meeting will be held at 7 pm to discuss future race programs.

Spectators are free; drivers are $8. Snacks, soda, and water will be available for purchase. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

Join us as we race off to a great RC season racing on a carpeted oval track!

To stay up to date with the racing schedule, join our Facebook group “Waldo RC Madness.”

Cooling Systems

Today we want to talk about a system in our vehicles – the cooling system. It’s one of those things that auto owners don’t give much thought to until it fails and then they’re stranded by the side of a road in Wisconsin.

Cooling systems fail more often than any other mechanical system – usually because of neglect. Don’t you hate it when something breaks and you could have done something to prevent it?

The good news is that if drivers take care of their cooling systems, they can keep working for the life of their car.

Here at Kvindlog Services, we emphasize preventive maintenance services like replacing your coolant according to the factory schedule. But the various parts that make up the cooling system need attention too. The major components of the cooling system are the water pump, freeze plugs, the thermostat, radiator, cooling fans, the heater core, the pressure cap, the overflow tank and the hoses.

It sounds complicated, but we residents don’t have to be experts – we can leave that to our friendly and knowledgeable service manager, Dave, at Kvindlog Services. But, having an overview will help us remember how to take care of your car’s cooling system.

Most folks would be surprised to know that burning fuel in your engine produces up to 4,500 degrees F/2,500 degrees C of heat. And all that heat has to be dealt with. If the heat can’t be drawn off the engine, the pistons will literally weld themselves to the inside of the cylinders – then you just have to throw the engine away and get a new one. That would cost thousands of dollars.

Now the water pump is what forces the coolant through passages in the vehicle engine to absorb heat. The pump is driven by a belt that needs replacement from time to time. And the water pump will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Spending some cash on replacing the belts and water pump is much less than the cost of repairing the extremely massive damage that can be done when an engine seizes.

There’s another little known but important part of the coolant system that protects the engine. It’s called a freeze plug. If you remember from high school chemistry, water expands when it freezes. In very cold areas, the coolant can actually freeze when the vehicle is left sitting.

It is hard to believe, but the expanding frozen coolant is enough to actually crack the engine block. The freeze plugs fit into the engine block. They fit tight enough to withstand the pressure of a running engine, but can expand or pop out if the coolant freezes. These little things save a lot of engine blocks.

The team at Kvindlog Services can check your cooling system and make any necessary adjustments or repairs. Give us a call.

Kvindlog Services
WALDO, WI 53093

Conventional Oil vs. Synthetic Oil

When you get an oil change, it’s always a safe bet to just use the type of oil the manufacturer recommends. But sometimes we’re asked if we’d like conventional or synthetic motor oil. We glance at the price tags on the two options and choose the cheaper one. But in this case, the more expensive oil might be the better bargain for drivers.

Conventional oil is made from petroleum. Its molecules form long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil is either more highly refined petroleum or completely man-made. Its molecules are more uniform. This provides advantages over conventional motor oil.

First of all, the molecular structure of synthetic motor oil makes it more slippery than conventional oil so it lubricates better. This translates to better wear protection for drivers, cooler operating temperatures and more engine power.

Further, synthetic oil is more heat-resistant than conventional oil, and it doesn’t vaporize as easily. It provides better protection for severe conditions like stop-and-go driving around and very hot or freezing Wisconsin temperatures.

Also, synthetic oil doesn’t generate oil sludge like conventional oil. This prevents small engine passageways from becoming clogged, which can significantly extend the working life of your vehicle engine.

Manufacturers are aware of the advantages of synthetic oil, and many of them are using it to fill their vehicles before delivering them to be sold. Many owner’s manuals now come with the recommendation to use only synthetic oil. Because synthetic oil wears better and protects better than conventional motor oil, it can be changed less often. If your vehicle came with a recommendation for synthetic oil, you may have noticed that the recommended period between oil changes is longer than what you’re used to. However, if you switch to conventional oil, you need to be aware that you can’t follow this longer service interval. You’ll have to change your oil more often.

On the other hand, if you are using conventional oil and you switch to synthetic oil, you may be able to lengthen the time between oil changes. You can ask the pros at Kvindlog’s for more information. They can offer you good auto advice about oils and service intervals based on your driving habits and requirements.

Oil changes are the hallmark of preventive maintenance at Kvindlog Services. All drivers need them. So we should get excited about a product that reduces how often we need them. Synthetic oil is more expensive, yes, but it can pay for itself by lasting longer than conventional oil. And when you add in the hidden savings of an extended engine life and improved fuel economy, not to mention increased engine power, there’s a good chance that synthetic oil actually saves cash in the long run. All drivers pay for vehicle care. But understanding what we’re paying for can make us more savvy shoppers.

Kvindlog Services
104 S. Mill St.
Waldo, WI 53093
(920) 528-8343

Engine Air Filter from Kvindlog Services

Many drivers have found themselves in the following situation: They go to get their oil changed and their friendly service adviser at Kvindlog Services recommends a new engine air filter. They say yes, but don’t know what an air filter is or what it does.

If this has happened to you, rest assured that you did the right thing by getting a new one. But you should never be too embarrassed to ask our service manager, Dave, for more information. It’s your vehicle and you have a right to understand what you’re paying for.

Let’s review: “What does an air filter do?”

Air is the focus of this discussion. What is the air like outside right now? Can you see any smog? Is it full of pollen? How about dust? Anyone in with hay fever can tell you that there’s plenty in the air that you can’t see. Well, the engine air filter’s job is to clean that air before it goes into your vehicle engine, to mix with the fuel and be burned. Without an engine air filter, the inside of your vehicle engine would be extremely dirty from all the gunk that was burned in the cylinders.

In fact, your engine needs 12,000 times as much air as fuel for it to run. That little filter does a very big job. It’s no wonder that the air filter gets dirty and needs to be replaced. Think about a vacuum cleaner. When the bag gets full of dust and dirt, the vacuum doesn’t clean as well. It can’t move enough air to create good suction. A clogged engine air filter is the same way – the vehicle engine can’t get enough air to burn the fuel efficiently. That means less power and reduced fuel economy.

That’s why your owner’s manual has recommended that you change your filter at regular intervals. Of course the conditions you drive in will affect how quickly the filter gets dirty. If you drive in WI where it’s very dusty or where there’s lots of pollen or pollution, you may need to change the filter sooner. The filter is easy to check visually, so your friendly and knowledgeable Kvindlog Services mechanics can quickly make the call. Thee might recommend immediate replacement or simply let you know that it is getting close and that you’ll need to replace it soon – like at your next oil change.

Because a severely dirty vehicle air filter hurts your vehicle, many residents find that a new air filter pays for itself in better fuel economy before the next oil change. They also make premium air filters that have been proven to increase your horsepower and torque. If more power is important to you, a high performance air filter is some of the cheapest horsepower you can buy.

The better your car breathes, the better it runs – kind of like people. And don’t worry – if you have a question or don’t understand a recommendation just call and talk to Dave.

Kvindlog Services
WALDO, WI 53093


October 2022


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