I apologize if this has already been addressed, but I am having a weird, yet recurring problem with both of my 6803 games (Escape From the Lost World, and Special Force). What is happening is, on some of the #555 wedge sockets, the bulbs and/or LED’s are not easy to place from above the playfield. What I mean is that when I try to push the bulb/led into the socket the metal harness holding the socket in place bends under pressure of trying to push the bulb/led in place and it is very difficult to get it to seat properly.
My problem is this: on a few of the sockets, after pushing too hard or bending them too far, the socket goes out completely and just stops working. Just that one socket. After this happens neither LED or incandescent works in the socket. This has happened on BOTH of my machines and has happened to both playfield lights and GI lights. I know it has to be a problem at the socket itself because all of the other GI works just fine, its just a single, individual socket that seems to die completely.
To be specific, on my EFTLW, one of the two “ESCAPE” lights located on the back panel of the playfield adjacent to the blue “escape” door is out. These are both on the exact same circuit and should always light at the same time, yet one absolutely refuses to. Yes, I have checked solder connections and tested with both LED and incandescent working bulbs.
On my Special Force two of the GI sockets are out under the right ramp. These worked just fine until I tried putting a new bulb in, pushing too hard on a slight angle, and now the sockets are dead. This also happened tonight on the left “SPECIAL” light in the left side drain. I simply bent the metal leaf that holds the light socket in place just enough to pull the (working) LED out and replaced it with an incandescent. Now the socket is dead. Nothing works in it. I checked the solder connections and they are fine. Is there some issue with the diode? Am I crazy? Please help!