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Flight 2000 - Ball No Longer Kicked To Shooter Lane

By SilverBallKid

4 years ago

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#1 4 years ago

Hey All,

I just started having an issue with my F2K. The solenoid in the ball trough will no longer serve the ball into the shooter lane. When called for, the solenoid fires over and over but it is as if there is no longer enough power to force the ball up and over the edge of the trough to get it to roll to the shooter lane. Eventually, the ball will rest on top of the second ball and the solenoid will stop firing. I have included a photo to show what things look like once the solenoid stops firing. Once in awhile, the ball will make it up and over the edge and enter the shooter lane, but not very often.

Thoughts on how to get this resolved?




#2 4 years ago

Check the mechanism to be sure it works freely. It may need to be cleaned.

#3 4 years ago

Have you checked it for a paper jam?

#4 4 years ago

With the apron off, a single ball installed, can it work in solenoid test?

You only have 3 balls installed, yes?

#5 4 years ago

Thanks for the suggestions, guys. I was away in Chicago for a long weekend but now I'm back.

1. I took the solenoid assembly apart, cleaned the parts and installed a new coil sleeve.

2. Vid, in answer to your questions, yes I only have 3 balls installed in the game. As you suggested, I removed the apron and left only one ball in the game. Then I started the self-test mode using the button inside the coin door at start up. Every once in awhile there will be enough force from the outhole kicker to move the ball into the shooter lane but usually it just just gets pushed up some and then falls back into the outhole.

Here is a video of the self test:

#6 4 years ago

That is one lame ejector!

Make sure the link is not worn.

Make sure correct coil installed.

Check voltage is correct at the coil .

Replace sleeve inside coil.

See if plunger is mushroomed

1 week later
#7 4 years ago

Been so busy at work, no time to work on the pin. Restaurant management is a bitch. Finally got back at it tonight.

Dismantled the kicker and cleaned it all in the US. Put it back together.

Finally, decided to check the coil part number against my manual, and...

The installed coil is a Stern J-28-2300. My manual calls for a Stern J-26-1200.

Should I be ordering a new coil?

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