(Topic ID: 194458)

Ball getting stuck in orbit


By RonSS

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    General question, but I'm talking about an Al's Garage Band if that helps at all.

    Occasionally, the ball will get stuck in the left orbit, usually at lower speeds. At first I thought it was the switch, and it may be adding to it, but upon further inspection I think it is the metal that is too close at that particular point. Any ideas on how to fix (without disassembling the entire guitar section and/or playfield)?

    General area:
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    Pic with ball: (that wood is a skewer part I placed in there to start, thought the plastic was catching the ball)
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    Metal guide seems to touch here:
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    Is this a remove, heat, and bend back type of thing?

    #2 2 years ago

    Metal guide needs to be bent slightly. It's easiest to do this by removing it entirely, but that may require too much disassembly. You should be able to just push it away from the ball with your fingers, and give it a slight bit more clearance (it's spring steel, so will tend to resist deformation: Bend it more than you want and it will spring back.

    #3 2 years ago

    Yeah, my fat fingers weren't making that small space with enough force.

    Ended up taking a wine cork, cutting to just larger than a pinball, and rolled that sucker up in there!

    After I figured out how to get it unstuck (small hook tool) all seems good.

    Thanks!

    #4 2 years ago

    I'd take it apart just to clean out 30 years of crud in there.

    #5 2 years ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    I'd take it apart just to clean out 30 years of crud in there.

    Don't think it is crud: From the photo, the lane-guide is just slightly bent in towards the ball, leaving too little clearance for a slow-moving ball. Sounds like RonSS managed to bend it back out (Congrats on the wine-cork idea: Brilliant!). Any fix that avoids complete/complex disassembly is a win!

    #6 2 years ago
    Quoted from Dr_Dude:

    Don't think it is crud:

    I'm did not say the crud stopped the ball, I'm saying that there is 30 years of abrasive crud in that orbit.

    #7 2 years ago

    Yeah, have a few other small issues I'm problem solving right now. If I lived near Vid, I'd let him take it apart!!!!

    I'm the newbie, remember, the less I mess, the better things stay

    #8 2 years ago

    I did take off (or move) the plastic and vacuum and microfiber. There is more there now, and more to come, but I'll do my best to clean that sucker. This was the topic of my PM to you about cleaning the PF. I'll get to it, eventually. No sense in total breakdown until I get it running 100%. IMO anyway.

    #9 2 years ago

    On route, I sometimes would drag a monofiliment aquarium brush though tricky games like Whitewater and find little plastic bits and long lost screws.

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    #10 2 years ago


    I love these tips! However, they usually cost me money. You're nickel and diming me Vid!

    #11 2 years ago
    Quoted from Dr_Dude:

    Don't think it is crud: From the photo, the lane-guide is just slightly bent in towards the ball, leaving too little clearance for a slow-moving ball. Sounds like RonSS managed to bend it back out (Congrats on the wine-cork idea: Brilliant!). Any fix that avoids complete/complex disassembly is a win!

    Thanks! I was half impressed with myself and the cork.

    #12 2 years ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    On route, I sometimes would drag a monofiliment aquarium brush though tricky games like Whitewater and find little plastic bits and long lost screws.

    Looks like more had the same idea LOL, did the same in my Swords of Fury.

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