I was able to get a good deal on a Dr. Who pinball machine last weekend and couldn’t pass it up. Brought it home and the only issue it had, other than needing a good shop job, is that the left upper flipper was working when the game was going. It would fire in test mode but not during the game. Sometimes however, it would randomly start working (not sure what triggered it to work) and then would work as long as I didn’t power the machine off.
Then a couple days later I was playing and noticed that the captive ball popper would sometimes have issues not firing right away. I thought it might be a sensor that was going out or it wasn’t recognizing that the ball was there so the coil didn’t fire. All of a sudden the game turned on and then off. I immediately shut off the power. It turns out the plunger rod got stuck and wasn’t operating as it should because the spring was too weak. This game had been sitting for a couple years from what the guy said. I tried turning the game back on and there was only the topper lights and some random lights in the DMD that came back on.
I checked all the fuses and they checked fine. I noticed that the CPU lights were not on and I tested the 5v test point and got .19. Tested the 12v and got 12.03. Tested the 20v and couldn’t get a stable reading. If I moved my MM probe around on the test point it would give me random numbers between 8 and 19.
I’m new to pinball and trying to learn and understand the electronics side of things. Any advice would be helpful!