Question about Fisher Price Geotrax Remote Control Train Demolition Team
I had the same problem with two of our three engines. I read somewhere that you can get them running by hitting the side of the engine against a hard surface. I can't believe it... IT WORKED! I guess the motor gets **** and hitting it will get it going. All three engines are working now.
Posted on Dec 14, 2010
I didn't believe striking the train against a hard surface would work, BUT it did work. I was about to trash my sons train after the new batteries failed to make it work. But I happened across this web post and read the comments. I dropped the train on the floor and the darn thing start working!!!! Seriously. Thanks guys. My son is happy and you saved me sixty bucks. :)
Posted on Jul 14, 2012
Can't believe it but yeah, a couple of gentle whacks works. We had two trains that had been stored for less than a year, got them out and put fresh batteries in but nothing happened. We read the posts about whacking the engines and after taking one apart to no avail, my sister picked one up, whacked it gently against the table top and PRESTO! it started working again. Even the one we took apart and reassembled began working after a couple of whacks. I don't know whether to be impressed with the quality of the Geotrax or appalled!
Posted on Dec 08, 2011
I'm laughing hysterically..... IT WORKS!!! This is our 3rd year with this train and my son has been so excited to set it up. The remote made the noises, the train lit up but wouldn't move. A few good hard WHACKS on a think, soft cover book (flat on the side of the "coal car") and the darned thing is running!!!
Posted on Nov 29, 2013
Here it is 2014 and whacking the trains still works! LOL!
Posted on Jul 02, 2014
I was whacking on our table but it was not working so we whacked it on our hands we tried it and it was working.
I hope you like this solution.
Posted on Nov 25, 2013
Honestly??? So I whacked my kids train outside on the cement a few times. That did not work. Came back inside and just kept gently smacking it against the desk on the mouse pad and it truly just started working. So strange. I tried the friction thing too and that did not work. Crazy.
Posted on Sep 15, 2013
Copied this from another forum. It worked on all 4 of our broken trains and seems less damaging than banging. :
Make sure you have good batteries and hold the controller in the forward movement position. Then run the train forward repeatedly on a surface with friction (I used my pant leg). I got two old trains to work again, and I'm hoping to fix one more.
The theory is that this works because it uses a magnetic coupling instead of a direct drive.
It only took me one super gentle swipe across my leg! Better than smacking/bashing them because that can knock wires loose and stuff. Hope this helps everyone! :D
Posted on Aug 13, 2012
I have 6 Geo Trax trainsand a million miles of tracks LOL. All pretty old and boxed up for years in climate controlled storage. He wanted to play with them again after seeing all the bins they were in. They didn't work. We both were so sad and contemplated buying all new trains because we loved them so much. Came across your forum and tried hitting them as suggested. IT WORKED!!!!!!! TY so much for the suggestion.
Posted on Nov 02, 2012
It is 2015 and thankyou so much for your tip. I love our Geotrax set and was so disappointed when it stopped working after changing batteries. The first two trains needed a BIG few hits. The other one needed several. We now have three WORKING trains and some very happy children and parents!
Posted on Apr 26, 2015
Smacked them against my hand and it worked! I've got some happy 2 1/2 year old grandbabies!
Posted on Dec 31, 2014
Haha! Amazing! It worked for us! We have some old trains...bought second-hand in 2010. One controller works two of the same trains and the train that actually matches the code on the controller is what stopped functioning. Hasn't worked in a couple years. Tapped a few times each side on the table and it started right up! (Aug 2014)
Posted on Aug 23, 2014
It didn't work for me and we smacked it down a lot and I think its my controller because my train turns red and my controller I charge it it doesn't require batteries because its the old trains and they won't work and my controller doesn't want to move the train any help??!!
Posted on Dec 14, 2012
Sept 2018: pulled out the old Geotrax from its box and set it up. Remote worked fine (made its sound effects, etc.) but the locomotive had corroded batteries from long storage (I know, I know...). Replaced batteries and the light worked, but the locomotive didn't run. I despaired when I couldn't find a replacement for sale at the Fisher Price/Mattel website, but then I found this site. I can't believe it myself, but it worked! A couple of smacks and it was working like new. Thanks!!
Posted on Sep 23, 2017
2017. Just got a set of Geotrax from Goodwill. 5 trains used but in good condition. All the trains lit up but none of them moved.. A few wacks on my carpet and bam, all of them are working!! My two year old thanks you guys!
Posted on Jan 12, 2017
I cannot believe that this worked! I gently banged the engine against a solid surface and then ran the wheels across my jeans a few times(quickly) until the engine started! Did the same thing to the other engine that wouldn't work and it started as well! Thanks
Posted on May 12, 2016
It worked! One good bang on the floor and it started working!
Posted on Dec 13, 2015
Hurray It worked . i tapped against the floor from all sides and waited fr some time and lo! the train started.
Posted on Sep 17, 2015
I am so excited. I bought 3 engines with a complete set for my granddaughter 9 years ago. Now that my 5 year grandson took interest, 2 of the 3 did not work. With some slamming on the floor a few times...BAM! It works...both! Yay!
Posted on Jul 05, 2015
Just tried this now on our Christmas train that has been unused for 2 or 3 years. Sure enough, a couple of smacks on my knee got the wheels spinning again. Thanks!
Posted on Dec 20, 2014
It worked!!! The grandsons are happy and so am I! It took 5 good whacks on each side and then finally popped it a good one straight down on the wheels and it started up good as new. Not gentle but not a destructive blow...just let it know who was boss. Good luck!
Posted on Oct 13, 2014
It really Worked!!!! THANKS!! you made a 4 year old sooooooooo happy!!!!!
Posted on Oct 02, 2014
Mom was obviously aggravated when I came home last night after spending hours switching batteries and trying to get any of the 6 old engines working. These were stored in a non-climate controlled 100 degree garage. We have a ton of track and buildings all bought 2nd hand.... neways... before heading out to buy 1 new train, I saw this post and have gotten 2 engines to work with hand smacking onto the carpet. You will certainly at least smile when an engine starts. G-luck... I've not given up on the others... so we will see.
Posted on Sep 20, 2014
It worked for me!!! Thanks
Posted on Jul 11, 2014
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