So I just barely put my brand new Novak HV4.5/ESC in my brand new E-revo. I didn't even get 3 passes when a huge burst of smoke started billowing out from the car.
I stopped in between each pass to get temps from the motor and ESC. Both were in the 110-130 degree range. Not bad at all!! I hurried up and went to investigate, before I could get there it burst into flames. Upon further inspection, it turns out the capacitor had somehow caught fire. Once things cooled down, I noticed the input signal harness and the sensor harness are melted together. I had the capacitor zip-tied to the power wires from the ESC. I suppose next time I'll be mounting it to the chassis.
I have all Novak ESCs and motors in ALL my cars and have never had a problem. Ever. This post is not to complain or discourage. Just a simple FYI. I love Novak products and will continue to buy them as long as I get addequate service on warranty/fixing this.
Since this happened yesterday(Saturday), I have not been able to contact Novak yet about any warranty possibilities. The HV 4.5 was purchased brand new and didn't come as a combo with the ESC. So the ESC should be warrantied. But due to the input harness and sensor harness melting together, I cant run the motor. So we'll see if they will send me a new motor as well, or at least the parts to fix it.
Has anyone else encountered this issue?
Here are a few pics, I appologize, they are a little blurry. The iPhone doesn't automaticall focus: