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How To Disconnect 1980 Stern Coin Door Wire Connector

By clodpole

2 years ago

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#1 2 years ago

Wires from coin door insert into half of a white plastic connector which joins a mated opposite. The halves are held together by springy fingers with little flat-ended ramps to keep the connectors from separating. I can't figure out how to get the springy ramps depressed so that I can take the two sides of the connector apart. Any suggestions?

I'm trying to get my "QUARTER" lights to light on the coin door but they are getting no voltage. I suspect a bad connection inside the first connector box.


#4 2 years ago

>Called a 'friction lock' -- just grab and pull.

It isn't only friction; you can just make out 2 small tabs with spring locks on them in the photo above. Pulling alone doesn't release the tabs and so far I haven't figured out how....

#8 2 years ago

Thanks for the instructions (and the excellent "how-to" photograph) - I'll give it a try this afternoon.

Meanwhile, do you have a coin box you could photograph or measure? I'm trying to find one of those, but only know the measurements of the inside of my cabinet.

Best wishes!

#9 2 years ago

OK, I put a drop of alcohol between the halves of the plastic connector box and then wiggled (Tom Jones music goes here). It came apart, happily - thanks again for the encouragement. Unfortunately, no progress was made on the unlit "Quarter" slots; connectivity tester showed no breaks from connector box to coin slots. I'll have to chase it farther upstream.

I note my machine has 2 quarter slots and most photos I see show flight 2000s having 3. Maybe I got a replacement door with my used machine....

#11 2 years ago

I'll try tracing back to that board and see what I find. Thanks anyway as regards coin box measurements.

#12 2 years ago

"...my coin door has 3 slots , 2 quarter & 1 dollar coin slot
I don't have a coin box for your measurements
my coin door lamp wires seem to trace back to the Rectifier board ( I just happened to have my playfield up working on feature lamp sockets)"

Ahhh... no power on the rectifier board pins to the coin door lights. Having a real solid state repairman over to do the remainder of the fix for me; my soldering skills are better suited to the industrial size connections on an EM.

#13 2 years ago

Final resolution: coin door lights were off 'cause one wire was in the wrong connector on the J2 section of the rectifier board - slot 4 instead of slot 5. Once that was moved, the lights came on.

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