(Topic ID: 242963)

Earthshaker Fault Line Issue


By JKaiser123

10 days ago



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#1 10 days ago

Hello,

I am having an odd issue with my earthshaker fault line. When the ball is fed to the ramp to the up kicker, and the fault line remains closed, the ball does lot follow or sit in the shallow black channel. It just rolls down and randomly falls on to the playfield after hitting the back of the institute. To me it looks like the wireform needs to be moved a bit but there is zero play in mine due to the size of the screw head holding the end of the wireform down. When I removed the screw it was unlike any thread pitch I have seen before. I was planning on replacing it with a screw with a smaller head and move the wireform. Any ideas as to what is going on? Images I have found online seem to point that my wireform ramp is too far to the right for the ball to land in the shallow channel. When the fault is open the ball follows the correct path to the shelter. I tried to take the best pictures possible. Thanks in advance.

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#2 10 days ago

It's kind of strange, some pics online show that area with the blue bumper pad and some show it without - would certainly affect how the ball rolls out. Does it seem like the VUK puts it into the wireform with too much force? I occasionally get a ball that will come down other than in the groove but most (probably 95%) make it.

#3 10 days ago

rubber pad does belong there (is there on mine)

#4 9 days ago

I recently had a similar problem and solved it under the playfield. You can adjust the "Zone Opener Assembly" to alter the distance between CA and NV as well as how loose CA feels. See page 58 of the manual for a schematic. In my case, I needed to tighten things up so CA was closer and not as wiggly. There is a nut on the plunger that is adjustable and the whole plunger rotates to move it in and out. This in turn impacts how the vertical piece of metal (actuator assembly) that goes up through the playfield holds/moves CA. Took a lot of fiddling but it works great now. I also have the blue pad.

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#5 9 days ago
Quoted from RonSwanson:

I recently had a similar problem and solved it under the playfield. You can adjust the "Zone Opener Assembly" to alter the distance between CA and NV as well as how loose CA feels. See page 58 of the manual for a schematic. In my case, I needed to tighten things up so CA was closer and not as wiggly. There is a nut on the plunger that is adjustable and the whole plunger rotates to move it in and out. This in turn impacts how the vertical piece of metal (actuator assembly) that goes up through the playfield holds/moves CA. Took a lot of fiddling but it works great now. I also have the blue pad.
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Great thanks for the info and pic! I will give it a shot!

Only thing is I saw in some pictures it looked like my wireform was too far to the right if you were looking at the game from the front. Even with the fault fully closed if I manually feed the ball through the shallow trough it hits the area of the wireform that the blue pad attaches to on it's way down. The ball then rolls out of the trough.

Also it looks like the bent portion of the wireform end opposite the blue pad is not lined up enough with the shallow trough to feed the ball down properly. I hope what I am describing makes sense. It's like the mounting screw needs to be loosened and the wireform pushed slightly left. Problem is I have no play because the screw head is so big.

Any chance at a picture of where your wireform mounts to the top of the CA-NV fault line? I tried to take pics of the misallignment. I can try to take better ones if needed.

Thanks!!

#6 9 days ago

Hope these help. We clearly have different screws in that position.

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#7 9 days ago

One problem I see in your photos is that the end of one of the rods in your habitrail is bent, it's likely allowing the ball to exit a little earlier than it should. I've circled what it should look like in the photo below.

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#8 8 days ago
Quoted from RonSwanson:

Hope these help. We clearly have different screws in that position.
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They do very much thanks! Yeah my screw is not even close to that one. Looks like someone lost the original and decided to substitute. Really appreciate the help!

#9 8 days ago
Quoted from jibmums:

One problem I see in your photos is that the end of one of the rods in your habitrail is bent, it's likely allowing the ball to exit a little earlier than it should. I've circled what it should look like in the photo below.
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Yeah mine certainly has a bend in it compared to yours. I could definitely see that causing the problem too. The metal seems quite rigid but I wonder if I could bend it back into place somehow. Appreciate the guidence!

#10 3 days ago

Hi everyone,

I fixed the issue today. I found a screw of the same thread pitch but with a smaller head that allowed me to shift the VUK wireform to the left slightly. The ball now travels down the shallow groove instead of crashing down on to the playfield. Thanks to everyone for their help!!

#11 2 days ago

Glad it worked out!

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