Looking for suggestions on how to get started repairing

By edhalsim

1 year ago


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#1 1 year ago

I have a bingo that's in pretty good working order, but there are a few things that are in need of repair. I'd like to get up-to-speed on how to do things myself, or at least know what I can/should tackle vs. what I shouldn't. For example, I have two bulbs that are dim (one on card 4 and one on card 6). I've verified the lights are good. I checked the voltage to the socket with a multimeter and I'm only getting 1.8-2V instead of 6V, but I don't know where to take it from here.

If there are some good online resources (videos, reading materials, whatever) that can point me to I'd appreciate it. Thanks again for your help.

#3 1 year ago

Take a lot of pic's before and while you are taking something apart. Your biggest regret will be, "oh, I'll remember how to put that back together". No you won't.

#4 1 year ago

I would clean the light socket until it is shiny where the bulb sits/locks in. If that didn't help I would replace the bulb. If that didn't work I would clean the contacts on the Relay that powers that bulb.
Along the way look for loose solder joints, Loose bulb sockets and loose women. Just kidding about the women!
Hope it works out, bright lights are all about the right voltage getting to the bulbs contact points.

#5 1 year ago

The 3 P's:


#6 1 year ago

Make sure that the Jones plugs are clean and tight.

#7 1 year ago

Awww, come on guys, it's so simple maybe you need a refresher course. It's all ball bearings nowadays. Now you prepare that Fetzer valve with some 3-in-1 oil and some gauze pads, and I'm gonna need 'bout ten quarts of anti-freeze, preferably Prestone. No, no make that Quaker State.

#8 1 year ago
Quoted from Gutterballs:

Awww, come on guys, it's so simple maybe you need a refresher course. It's all ball bearings nowadays. Now you prepare that Fetzer valve with some 3-in-1 oil and some gauze pads, and I'm gonna need 'bout ten quarts of anti-freeze, preferably Prestone. No, no make that Quaker State.

Loved that movie.

#9 1 year ago
#10 1 year ago

Copper will get a layer of corrosion that will block voltage. Happens at work all the time. Tests no voltage scratch the copper and wow 12,000 volts appear. Good luck.

#11 1 year ago

I’d recommend starting with the bingo repair videos. I’ve watched both videos three times. If you know as little as I did (some would say, still do), it is money well spent. It helps if you compile your own table of contents as you watch the videos. For example, you might record “Search Disc - volume 3, about the 5.23 minute mark.” It will save you time when you need to go back later for a refresher.

Alan Marriage video:
ebay.com link » Bally Em Bingo Pinball Machine Service Dvd Video Volumes 1 2 New Sealed

Richard Gerlitz video:
ebay.com link » Bally Bingo Pinball Repair Course 11 Total Videos Get Your Game Running

The Gerlitz video is better of the two, but it’s useful to see two guys who both know their stuff explain things their own way.

Phil Hooper’s web site has the most detailed explanation of bingo circuitry you will find. Start with the “How They Work” section. Make sure you have a bottle of scotch so you can follow along in full fidelity:

Ask questions here on Pinside, you’ll get plenty of help.

Check out the Bally Bingo’s in Britain forum. There are lots of knowledgeable and helpful collectors there, many of them European:

#12 1 year ago

Are the numbers that are dim on card 4 and 6 different numbers? Barrel O' Fun works a bit differently than the non-six card games in that the lamps are tied together on cards 1-3 and 4-6.

#13 1 year ago

Yes they were different numbers (18 and 23). I replaced the light with a new 47 bulb and that didn't help, but then when I replaced it with a bulb from another number, then all of a sudden now it's working fine. I must have messed something up earlier.

#14 12 months ago

Don't forget to post some pics. I can never get enough love seeing different games.

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