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By Brandon101884

5 months ago



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    #1 5 months ago

    I’ve noticed that finding parts for an Atari pin is super difficult. I’m not the type to care if it’s original or not, as long as it fixes an issue, I’m good with it.

    I’m having issues with the two ball kickers. The one that kicks the ball to the shooter seems to have enough kick but the ball it isn’t making it to the shooter. It sometimes takes several attempts for it to reach. It’s loud and seems to be kicking up with good force but I have nothing to compare it to and I’m not really sure what the issue is. I have a video of that below.

    The game field kicker most likely needs to be replaced. It barley has enough power to kick the ball out. I raised the field to take a look and the arm never fully returns to its natural spot, it’s about 50% of the way. It also sounds as if it’s running out of juice.. Just not enough kick.. Maybe because it’s not setting back correctly? I would like to replace it but I’m not sure which one to get. I’ve been browsing the 30+ pages on Marco specialties and there aren’t any for Atari. Is there a Comprable part?

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    #2 5 months ago

    take assembly apart clean , new sleeve

    #3 5 months ago

    ps the pivot point gets gummed up, i do this on most old bally pins i get.

    #4 5 months ago

    First thing is take off the apron to have a look at the ball trough. There could be something caught in there blocking the ball from kicking out smoothly to the shooter lane. Sometimes screws, broken plastics, mini-posts, etc end up in there.

    If everything in there is clean and nothing is blocking the ball, then take a look at the outhole ball kicker assembly. Take it apart and clean it. Take the pivoting parts apart and clean out the pivot hole with a q-tip soaked in lighter fluid. That will clean the gunk off of it. Now put a drop of oil on the pivot and re-assmble. The coil sleeve should get replaced too.

    The slingshot kickers on the playfild should also get taken apart and cleaned/oiled.

    This topic should be moved to the Tech early solid state sub forum instead.

    #5 5 months ago

    I’ve gotten the one disassembled, cleaned and oiled. It hasn’t had any issues kicking the ball to the shooter.

    The other was also taken apart, cleaned, and oiled. It now returns to its piper resting spot, but barley kicks the ball out. I’ll post a video of it later. Maybe it’s supposed to kick out really slowly.

    #6 5 months ago
    Quoted from Brandon101884:

    I’ve gotten the one disassembled, cleaned and oiled. It hasn’t had any issues kicking the ball to the shooter.
    The other was also taken apart, cleaned, and oiled. It now returns to its piper resting spot, but barley kicks the ball out. I’ll post a video of it later. Maybe it’s supposed to kick out really slowly.

    Good start!
    Now that you have cleaned them once, it should take you no time at all to do it again.
    You need to clean all the oil off those. Oil will just attract dust and gum thigs up.
    No oil. Should operate smoothly without.

    #7 5 months ago

    Hahahahaha! YES!! Best response I’ve e we gotten and it actually was going through my head while doing it. Always go with your gut I guess.

    #8 5 months ago
    Quoted from Brandon101884:

    I’ve gotten the one disassembled, cleaned and oiled. It hasn’t had any issues kicking the ball to the shooter.
    The other was also taken apart, cleaned, and oiled. It now returns to its piper resting spot, but barley kicks the ball out. I’ll post a video of it later. Maybe it’s supposed to kick out really slowly.

    I'm confused. Are you talking about the outhole kicker or the slingshot kicker? Pictures please.

    #9 5 months ago

    I’m assuming it’s called an outhoke kicker. Here is a picture.

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    #10 5 months ago

    That's an eject hole.

    An outhole is where the ball kicks out to the shooter lane.

    #11 5 months ago

    That one was also an issue, taking it apart and cleaning did the trick.

    The eject hole remains the problem.

    4 months later
    #12 17 days ago

    did you ever solve this? i have an extra kick out assembly and parts

    1 week later
    #13 6 days ago

    No. It’s been cleaned and I still have the same issue.

    #14 5 days ago

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