(Topic ID: 328451)

Books or resources for maintenance

By Cire113

87 days ago



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  • Latest reply 82 days ago by PinRetail
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    #1 87 days ago

    does anyone recommend any resources or books on modern day pinball repair and maintenance?

    I’ve got modern lcd games and wanted to learn all about maintaining and repair the games

    Many thanks for the help and links

    #2 87 days ago

    Some of the articles on Pinball New's Learn section might help.

    https://www.pinballnews.com/learn/index.html

    LTG : )

    #3 87 days ago

    You just posted on the site with all the information you'll need if you search thru the threads. Find the game in the machines tab and look at the topic related to your issue.

    #4 87 days ago

    Vid’s guides. You Tube. The Internet.

    #5 87 days ago

    pinball repair guides are great, but they won't help you with new stuff. New stuff is very hard to repair, since it's nearly all surface mounted components.

    #6 87 days ago

    This is my go to.
    http://www.pinrepair.com/

    #7 82 days ago

    The technology on the LCD games is new enough that your best bet is to contact the manufacturer.

    Resources (manuals, in some cases schematics) are available for individual games, but every new pinball has it's own features that frequently have their own circuit boards or mechanical assemblies that are unique to that machine.

    So there isn't a 'general purpose guide' to repair all LCD pinballs.

    The modern method is to remember:

    Google is your friend.

    Do a Google Search for 'Wizard of Oz Pinball Monkey Problem', and you may find someone who has the same problem and might have mentioned how they got that problem fixed.

    Or search for 'Turtles pinball button stuck', or 'Godzilla pinball glass is tight'.

    The Pinwiki:

    https://pinwiki.com/wiki/index.php/Stern_SPIKE%E2%84%A2_System_Repair

    https://pinwiki.com/wiki/index.php/Jersey_Jack_Repair_Guides

    Is starting to be more complete, but most of the problems with modern pinballs are: LCD Display is bad. Replace the LCD Display. Node board 8 is bad. Replace Node board 8.

    Pinball repair has always been parts intensive (you aren't going to fix your problem unless you have a specialty part).

    Modern pinballs are much more advanced technologically, buy they rely on modules, assemblies, and proprietary programming to an ever-increasing degree.

    So...

    To 'learn all about' pinball repair, you could do what I did... Get a job with a company that has about 500 pinballs on their amusement route, scattered in bars, taverns, arcades, across three states, and do nothing but fix pinballs 40+ hours a week for a bunch of years.

    Hehe.

    Or you could lurk here at pinside, and as new problems are solved by the pinball community you can learn all the new problems and the new fixes that people are discovering all across the world.

    When you 'git gud', be sure to offer your services to other people. Pinball technicians are in VERY high demand, and when I (very rarely) do service on pinballs that I didn't sell I charge over $100 an hour... and people are glad to pay.

    As you gain in experience and knowledge, be sure to bring your tough problems here... let people benefit from your experience!

    We need more people like you!

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