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Earthshaker flippers losing power?


By Jimmyhonda

61 days ago



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#1 61 days ago

Hello, I was playing Earthshaker tonight and all of the sudden the left flipper lost probably half to all it’s power and the upper flipper went completely dead. Everytime I hit the flipper buttons, the Playfield flashers flash? Any idea what could be going on? Thanks all!

#2 61 days ago

Check the end of stoke gap.
Not sure why flasher would be effected tho.

#3 61 days ago

So I checked the EOS gap on all three flippers. Everything looks good. Now all three flippers are either very weak or don’t work. Also, when I hit the left flipper button, the flashers on the ramps flash? Any other suggestions? Thank you.

#4 61 days ago

Which ramp flashers flash? The entry ones? Or does it do the strobing like you made the ramp?

Does it do it in test mode as well? Likely something is shorted to the switch matrix or a jumper wire has fallen off one of the solenoids. (Or something in the switch matrix)

Inspect all the connection points by tugging on each connection to make sure they are all secure - sometimes there's something hanging by a single strand of wire so you think it's ok, but it's not.

#5 61 days ago

Change your flashers from LED back to Incan. They are doing similar things on my whirlwind, this tip didn’t help me but that’s the advice I was given.

#6 61 days ago
Quoted from slochar:

Which ramp flashers flash? The entry ones? Or does it do the strobing like you made the ramp?
Does it do it in test mode as well? Likely something is shorted to the switch matrix or a jumper wire has fallen off one of the solenoids. (Or something in the switch matrix)
Inspect all the connection points by tugging on each connection to make sure they are all secure - sometimes there's something hanging by a single strand of wire so you think it's ok, but it's not.

When I hit the left flipper button, only a few of the flashers on both ramps turn on. They do not flicker like the ramp switch was hit. Also, the flashers work normal in test mode. I couldn’t find any loose connections anywhere. I did find a loose wire that connects GI bulbs, but that wouldn’t cause the issue, would it? Any other suggestions?

#7 61 days ago

Here’s a picture of the loose GI wire I found. This wouldn’t cause the issue, would it? Does anybody know where this should go? Thank you!

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#8 61 days ago

That wire goes there

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#9 61 days ago
Quoted from Jimmyhonda:

When I hit the left flipper button, only a few of the flashers on both ramps turn on. They do not flicker like the ramp switch was hit. Also, the flashers work normal in test mode. I couldn’t find any loose connections anywhere. I did find a loose wire that connects GI bulbs, but that wouldn’t cause the issue, would it? Any other suggestions?

Are they normal flasher bulbs or LED? The flashers if LED might be a red herring.

#10 61 days ago

Normal Flashers.

#11 61 days ago
Quoted from jhanley:

That wire goes there
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Thanks man! Hopefully that’s what’s causing the short, but I really doubt it. It can’t hurt to repair it and see. Thanks again

#12 61 days ago

What's the voltage measurement on the flippers? Should be between 50-75 volts.

#13 61 days ago

Has exact same issue, for me was a bad upper left flipper coil, after swapping out and checking all flipper / 50v fuses all was well

#14 61 days ago
Quoted from slochar:

What's the voltage measurement on the flippers? Should be between 50-75 volts.

I’ll check that. Thank you.

#15 61 days ago

Weird thing is I noticed now that actually everything seems like it has low power. The slings are probably 50%. The VUKS aren’t working either? Flippers are dead or at 30-40% power. Could a bad coil cause that? Seems odd. Seems like I have a power issue. I fixed the Loose GI wire and that didn’t fix it. Any other ideas? I will check flipper voltage now. Thank you.

#16 61 days ago

I wonder if you lost 1/2 of a bridge on the power supply.

Try reseating the transformer connectors a couple times down in the cabinet sometimes they get corrosion on the pins.

#17 61 days ago
Quoted from slochar:

I wonder if you lost 1/2 of a bridge on the power supply.
Try reseating the transformer connectors a couple times down in the cabinet sometimes they get corrosion on the pins.

Tired that. Still no luck. Everything seems low on power??

#18 61 days ago

What voltage are you getting at the coils?

#19 61 days ago

So, I’m still a newbie on a lot of this stuff. I’m learning more and more everyday. Sad to say, the only thing I know how to check is continuity. I’m not sure how to check specific voltage on things. Like where to put the setting on the dial to check voltage, etc. All I know is I turn my dial of my multimeter to the right two clicks and I can check continuity. That’s about it. Lol. Thanks for any help.

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#20 61 days ago

Put it on the one that says V with the solid line under it

Leave your leads where they are

Put the red lead on a coil lug

Put the black lead on the ground braid in the cabinet

#21 61 days ago

Flashers are normal, two red on center ramp and one on fault ramp light each time either flipper is hit

#22 61 days ago

Check your fuses on the main power board one will be blown most likely.

#23 61 days ago
Quoted from slochar:

Put it on the one that says V with the solid line under it
Leave your leads where they are
Put the red lead on a coil lug
Put the black lead on the ground braid in the cabinet

Thanks man!! Good to know. I will check now.

#24 60 days ago

having same problem today on same game. lol.

#25 60 days ago

mine was f7 fuse on aux power board ….bottom right board, bottom right fuse.

#26 59 days ago

Thanks man. I think its just a fuse, but of course, I don’t have the right fuse right now. Just ordered.

#27 59 days ago
Quoted from Jimmyhonda:

Thanks man. I think its just a fuse, but of course, I don’t have the right fuse right now. Just ordered.

4amp, glad I could help

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