(Topic ID: 101799)

Fish Tales Reel Issues


By Collin

4 years ago



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  • Latest reply 4 years ago by nighttaco
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#1 4 years ago

Hey all,

My Fish Tales decided last night to develop reel issues. It was fine the previous time I played it. Now, the reel spins longer than it should after each ball is locked. When the second ball goes into the caster's club, it doesn't end up in a hole in the reel (the reel isn't going into the correct position after the first ball is locked.)

What I've done:
-Cleaned optos
-Verified that optos work fine in test mode
-Verified that reel test works with no issues
-Replaced connectors to motor controller board
-Replaced rubber ring between gearbox and reel

What am I missing here? I'm stumped.

*Edit 9/1/14* This seems to have been simply a case of a loose connector on the CPU. Everything seems to be resolved now!

#2 4 years ago

You probably already did this - make sure that you have the reel in the right position - there are blades that are marked with numbers that show you the position.

#3 4 years ago

You probably are, but make sure you're using the right part for the rubber ring. If you're just using a regular white rubber ring it can slip.

#4 4 years ago

I had the same problem and here is the most likely issue.... The 3 opto board that everything connects to has something going out in it, take the board out and reflow the solder and see if that fixes it. That's the identical issue I had and its the controller board that the optos connect to rather than the optos if you have already replaced them. You may neet to just get a new board if that's the issue, good luck with the fix!

#5 4 years ago
Quoted from nighttaco:

take the board out and reflow the solder

This is some good information to know. My FT is getting old, and I expect some issues to pop up just like this one in the future.

#6 4 years ago
Quoted from chubtoad13:

You probably are, but make sure you're using the right part for the rubber ring. If you're just using a regular white rubber ring it can slip.

Agreed.

On Cyclone you can get by with using a rubber ring for the ferris wheel.

On Fish Tales you can't. It's not precise enough with start/stop and screws with the optos. You need the OEM nylon band.

#7 4 years ago

I don't have the correct band for the reel, and plan to buy and install the right one. It worked previously with a 3.5" black playfield rubber, and I replaced it with a new one of those for the time being. While waiting for that to arrive, I'm going to try troubleshooting other issues, as the onset of this issue was sudden enough, I have to imagine there's some electronic issue somewhere.

#8 4 years ago
Quoted from nighttaco:

I had the same problem and here is the most likely issue.... The 3 opto board that everything connects to has something going out in it, take the board out and reflow the solder and see if that fixes it. That's the identical issue I had and its the controller board that the optos connect to rather than the optos if you have already replaced them. You may neet to just get a new board if that's the issue, good luck with the fix!

Thanks for the advice! Do you recall where you reflowed the solder on that board? I just tried reflowing the three 2k resistors and a couple joints right by them (where the board seems to take a lot of heat,) and that didn't help, but am wondering were your solder joints were busted.

#9 4 years ago

It MAY be electrical, but if it was me, I would replace that belt first! I think it can be critical in the 'counting'. I have done this before and it is not easy. You have to take several items off the PF and then wrestle with trying to get that tight belt on there, and then getting it all back together. But hey . . . if I can do it, anyone can!

I think that would be the right thing to do for peace of mind and KNOW that you have that part correct. I would do that before I got to tearing into any of the electrical stuff.

#10 4 years ago

Because I don't know what part on the board was bad, I just took the soldering iron and reflowed all of it, the board is small and only take a few minutes

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