This is my first post but have visited here quite a bit. Lots of knowledge to be had and I love the older EM pinballs. So i got my first EM bingo and it was purchased as-is needing TLC. I went through a LOT of the parts so far, and lubed, cleaned most of what I need to so far.
But I still have the same issue as when bought, hitting start relay or adding coins, the game never throws a ball in the lane to start a game.
When I first power up the game, both motors are running, and if there is any credits on the meter, it properly resets to zero. The motors stay running even with no coins (not sure if that is right or not).
Adding coins does get it to run through the steps of adding features, incrementing the pay tables, etc., but i never get a ball to start the game.
I have found if I hit the extra ball relay or some random relays, that occasionally it makes a ball pop up. If it does, then I can shoot that ball and the others come up as well. Scoring seems to be ok, though may need to clean contacts still a bit for bulbs. I can even do an extra ball and will get the five balls and game offers the payouts if i have a win. So, overall, the game seems to be functioning mostly once I can get a ball, but the problem is getting the ball.
Not really confident on the leaf switches on the shutter motor, as some arc a bit, but generally they are clean and do what they are supposed to.
Could someone maybe fill me in on what to expect when I power this game up, especially if the motors should turn off until I put in money, which they do not now? If i tilt the game, they do shut off, and adding a coin turns it back on.
And maybe you could suggest where to look or the sequence of events to have a ball raise up?
I have manual and schematics, but still very new to the way the schematics are laid out and a bit lost on what happens to start a game.
Thanks for any help!