Quoted from Atrain:
Received my AFMr SE on June 12. Made in Dec 2017. Some very frustrating issues
1. Left flipper doesn't work. Same exact issue as posted 5months ago in this thread. The bottom bracket fell off into the cabinet and the solenoid isn't working
2. Lockbar is so hard to work with. Never had an experience like this before.
3. When shot into lock, balls falls off of wire rail into out lane
Very very frustrating experience so far
Coil stops fall off all the time, especially on the flippers.
Put a drop of blue loctite on the threads of the screws this time, they will hold.
The screws need to be fairly tight on flipper mech parts, but dont strip them out.
Reassemble the flipper mech, make sure its intact i.e return spring etc.
While you are there, check all of the screws you can see on everything (I mean every single screw on the entire game. It will take about 15 mins). Tighten as necessary or blue loctite on metal/metal parts.
If you strip out a screw in the wood: put a 3/8" piece of toothpick or bamboo skewer in the hole with titebond III wood glue, the re-insert the screw and tighten it up. it will be better than new when done.
Lower your flipper power or increase the pitch of the game if balls are flying off the wireforms.
Get a digital torpedo level if you dont have one already.
My game pitch is set at 6.6 degrees (measured on the playfield not the glass) and flippers on set at default.
The game is set very level side to side or horizontally (measured in 3 places as an average).
Balls are not flying off the wireforms. If they were I would lower the flipper power incrementally until it stopped.
I using pinball life super bands on the flippers in red. They have less bounce and are easier to live catch the ball.
Pinball is an action game and takes maintenance. All pinball machines fall apart without maintenance.
This is not an issue with CGC or any manufacturer its just the truth.
The lockdown bar is fully adjustable. the brass screws in the receiver adjust it with patience.
Press down on the lockdown bar above the yellow handle while pulling the yellow handle.
Installation is the reverse.
If its super tight (preferred) loosen both screws 1/2 turn each or tighten 1/4 turn each as needed.
The simple tweaks, adjustments and repairs you need on your game are not difficult or even time consuming but they need to be done.
Remember for the home user, pinball is as much of a hobby as it is a game to play.
If you are looking for a turn key perfect environment with no maintenance, get a video game or an Xbox.