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Just setting up my LE. Excited to play my first game and the left flipper button gets stuck in or is very slow to pop back out. I believe this is my first game with this flipper button assembly. Thoughts on how to loosen it up?
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Use needle nose pliers to remove/loosen the "tin" pal-nut that holds the button in.
Remove the button and see if its "sticky" out of the game.
Sometimes they are just poorly molded and need to be freed up, or replaced. Sometimes there is something sticky on them and can be washed with hot soapy water.
You can add silicone oil the the button shaft to help it, but often it needs to be ripped apart, sanded a bit then trim off any bits of plastic left over from molding it.
They can be tough to rip apart. I hammer them thru a hole on a piece of wood, sometimes this works without destroying them.
But mostly, I just replace them with ones that are NOT sticky, they used to be 50 cents, I have a bag of them.
Sometimes its the opto interrupter thats binding on the optos.
You can easily remove the board and assembly to see whats binding and free it up, or just assemble it better.
Sometimes the plastic interrupter binds on the metal spring steel.
I just pull it apart and dremel out a little of the steel to free it up.