(Topic ID: 8274)

fish tales reel opto

By cevans82

9 years ago

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#1 9 years ago

so i think i may have to replace the reel optos on my fishtales soon. im going to try to clean them first. i am looking for any advice from someone who has done this or an idea of how hard and how long it may take. thanks slim

#2 9 years ago

It's easy, take your time and keep organized and you can have it off in a minute or 3.

#3 9 years ago

Might be a good idea to replace the belt too, if it needs it, also check for wear by the middle shaft. There is a little piece that is shaped like a D that can get worn out into a circle.

#4 9 years ago

That belt needs to be tight so it doesn't "slip"

#5 9 years ago

thanks tom for the info. the d shape is just a d clip that hold the reel on the shaft right?

#6 9 years ago

Here is the D shaped pulley piece:


Here is the proper belt, I've seen alot of machines where people substitute a playfield rubber, and it ends up failing in the long run:


Look around as I'm sure other shops sell this stuff too...

Good luck!

#7 9 years ago

Give the optos a good cleaning before replacing the belt. Only if you visibly see the belt slipping should you bother to replace it (unless you don't have the right belt to begin with).

Sometimes you have to clean the optos Multiple times, with a few games in between. Had to do that on mine but in the end it was cheap, fast, and easy.

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#8 9 years ago

ok cool thanks tom and bob

1 year later
#9 7 years ago

What should be used when cleaning optos ?

#10 7 years ago

I didn't replace the optos... but getting the reel out is a little more of a pain than it looks initially.

It isn't a huge project but if I were you, I'd replace the pulley and belt while it is apart. Maybe look at a schematic and see if there are any other parts you could freshen up while you're there.

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