(Topic ID: 35297)

IDC snap-on lamp base sockets (used in newer Stern pins) - best way to replace

By Flippingr8

11 years ago



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#1 11 years ago

I have a Elvis pinball with multiple broken IDC snap on lamp sockets (Stern part # 077-5216-00) that I need to replace. They are not of the greatest design and the plastic side arms snapped off on a few of them when I replaced some lamps. This renders them unable to latch onto the Wedge base sockets. I have ordered sockets but my question is, what is the best way to remove the old snap-on socket and install the new socket? I ask this because I know they are solderless and crimp onto the wires, I guess cutting thru the insulation to make contact with the copper. Anybody done this before? Much appreciated!

#2 11 years ago

Wires are just shoved in there with an IDC insertion tool.

LTG : )

#3 11 years ago

You don't need to strip the wire, just cut them off as close as you can to the socket and use a IDC punch tool to push the wires in.

#4 11 years ago

does PBL or someone pinball related carry these?

8 years later
#6 3 years ago

Can you install these without a special punch tool? Meaning, can you push the wires down into the replacement socket with a regular screwdriver? (will the edges of the new socket cut into the insulation of the wires, or is that what the tool is somehow doing?)

#7 3 years ago
Quoted from AlexRogan84:

Can you install these without a special punch tool? Meaning, can you push the wires down into the replacement socket with a regular screwdriver? (will the edges of the new socket cut into the insulation of the wires, or is that what the tool is somehow doing?)

Hey Alex
Get one of these. https://www.pinballlife.com/wire-insertion-and-extraction-tool-for-idc-lamp-sockets.html
Wally

#8 3 years ago

Thanks for the link. Simple tool at a simple price. I'll add one of those to my next order.

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