I picked up a $200 Super-Flite that kind of works, and is in nice shape... I've avoided getting an EM because I'm not familiar with them, but after resurrecting my Evel Knievel SS, I figured I couldn't pass up a $200 pin and a chance to learn about EMs! So here's what's going on (hope this makes sense):
When you hit the power switch, and hit the left flipper, the game turns on and all lights work (the lighting fuse was blown when I got it). The problem is that it's not resetting the game to 1st ball and zeroing out the score reels when you start it up. Sometimes when you turn the machine on, it comes on mid-game and you can play for a little bit, then it "locks up" for lack of a better term - the flippers go dead and scoring stops working. Every now and again, it'll actually reset the reels, start at ball 1, and play okay. If you do play to the end of a game, hitting the start button will do nothing to start a new game. Just now I started it up, it played a single-player game until ball 4, then froze. Lights are on, but flippers, targets, etc are all dead.
Occasionally, it'll turn on, reset the reels, kick a ball into the shooter lane and play a game just fine. When it does this, it's usually in 2-player mode, and sometimes when you turn it on, it starts up mid-game from the last game that locked up..
Things I've tried so far:
- Cleaned all the connector pins that I could find. They were a little crusty, but not terrible. Figured this wouldn't hurt
- added a 3-prong power cord (didn't think this would fix anything when I did it, but the old one was taped together and looked real sketchy)
- Cleaned the contacts on a few relays and looked at switches to the best of my ability - lock, reset, score reel, ball count stepper, and player relay.
I've started reading the EM guides on Pinrepair, and I'm pretty mechanically inclined, but this EM thing is definitely a whole new ballgame to me, so any help is appreciated!