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Cure for squeaky shooter rod?

By Trace_on

8 years ago

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#1 8 years ago

Been loving my new IMVE! Unfortunately the shooter rod makes a nasty squeaking sound like you would associate with rusted metal. Did I get a bad spring or something? I would hesitate to spray WD-40 or anything else on a brand new game.

#2 8 years ago

Light oil.

Please keep wd-40 away from pinball machines.

LTG : )™

#3 8 years ago

I put a little bit of wax on the rod !

#4 8 years ago

After oil, I would consider replacing the shooter housing or, better yet, the two Oilite bearings. I haven't had much success getting the bearings back in after removal, but it's not that expensive to put a new shooter housing on.

I have two Stern games, both of which were routed, and both needed new many new shooter parts due to binding action -- except the inside spring, which is probably fine.

[edit: I have oiled the shaft on these, but I have yet to have it help much.]

#5 8 years ago

Sounds like oil will be a good start. Any specific recommendations? I see some of the online pinball store have lubricants.

#6 8 years ago

No, don't ever put any oil on it (that's the whole idea of the Oilite bearing, graphite is permanently impregnated into the bronze). Oil will mess it up.

Near the rubber tip there is an E-clip, remove it (and the rubber tip) and the whole rod will slide out.

Roll the rod on the edge of a flat table and see if it is bent. If you can't bend it back, replace it.

Look for any gouges or damage to the rod.

If it all looks good, put a coat of PASTE auto wax on it. Wax won't attract dust or make your hands black like graphite .

While the wax is drying, wash and dry the springs.

Reassemble and give it a few pulls.

If it binds or squeaks still, replace the 2 Oilite bearings - they are a standard hardware store item (3/8" ID Flanged Oillite Bushing)


#7 8 years ago

I have had good luck with Teflon Lube, you don't need to put much on. I just pull the shooter out as far as it will go and then wipe the shaft with a rag with a little of the Teflon Lube on it. Just a light film. Works fine for me most of the time but sometimes you do need to get a new one if it's bent or metal too worn somewhere.

Lube your shaft if you need to!


#8 8 years ago
Quoted from homebrood:

Lube your shaft if you need to

True this

#9 8 years ago

Thanks guys! Will report back with results.

#10 8 years ago

No oil, try graphite.


#11 8 years ago

Ok, disassembled the shooter rod, the shaft itself is straight. However, pushing the shaft by itself through the bearings makes a halting, scraping action. There are no noticable imperfections on either shaft or bearings. I am going to pick up some of that car wax and lube the shaft tomorrow (hard to say without smirking).

#12 8 years ago

Try reaming out the bushings with a bottle brush or even a rolled rag.

See if some crap is hung up between them.

Sight through them and see if one has been knocked out of alignment with the other.

#13 8 years ago

I have had no problems with two or three drops of sewing machine oil on the shooter rod. I made sure there was nothing underneath that could be damaged by dripping oil first.

#14 8 years ago

Oil attracts dirt.

The whole idea of an Oilite bushing/bearing is that it does not require lubrication that could creep through out the game.

Oil can microscopically spray onto the shooter lane and then everywhere the ball travels, attracting abrasive dust.

#15 8 years ago

You're right as always vid, but I planned on doing full restos to my games, so this is just my way of making sanding to bare wood more fun.

#16 8 years ago

Waxed up the shooter rod shaft and bottle brushed the bushings, its a bit better but still leaves a lot to be desired. Going to pick up some new bushings.

#17 8 years ago

Btw is there an easy way to remove the oilite bushings? Don't want to damage anything...

#18 8 years ago
Quoted from Trace_on:

Btw is there an easy way to remove the oilite bushings? Don't want to damage anything...

If they are tight, tap the first one out with a small hammer and dowel. Move in a circle, a little at a time so you don't bind it.

The second one obviously you can just easily knock straight out.

#19 8 years ago

Thanks Vid!

#20 8 years ago

leave everything in place, don't disassemble. I use Mills wax and give a good going over on shaft and spring and pulling the rod all the way out and do that to the front side too.
Leave and wipe off residue.
Voila, no squeak and silky smooth action. Your welcome.

#21 8 years ago

Silicone spray (Walmart or whatever ) works well and does not attract dirt. Spray on paper towel, then wipe on shooter.

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