(Topic ID: 209378)

LOTR lock failure. Mechanical issue. Tips?


By CadillacMusic

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

For the longest time, our LOTR has had a problem with its sword lock. The ball meets up with the post meant to stop it, and just...goes around. The post doesn't pop down or anything, it works correctly. It doesn't happen every time, and we've tried numerous solutions, but none of them have worked well. We've put foam pads up, but that seems to make the balls get stuck sometimes, plus it sheds all over the playfield. Anyone else had a problem like this with their Lord of the Rings?

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#2 1 year ago

Looks like the post is too short, or it's stuck with the coil sleeve. Take the mechanism apart and inspect it. It might also be the spring.

#3 1 year ago

I can believe the post is too short, but the mech has been taken apart several times and is fine. But I can totally believe the wrong post thing got stuck in there. Which would explain why nothing we've tried with that post has helped.

#4 1 year ago
Quoted from CadillacMusic:

I can believe the post is too short, but the mech has been taken apart several times and is fine. But I can totally believe the wrong post thing got stuck in there. Which would explain why nothing we've tried with that post has helped.

Check to see if the spring is out of position.

The hooded ball lock guard would probably solve the problem if you could find one.

out of stock: http://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/502-5021-80

#5 1 year ago

Okay, I called Stern about this ages ago and Chaz never mentioned that. Now to find one...

#6 1 year ago

I had this problem and solved it by loosening the screws on the mech under the playfield, repositioning it until it was in the proper position. You can also bend the sword a bit, but only after making sure your machine is level. The ball can definitely roll off the sides of the sword easily if things aren't level.

Finally, since my game was being used in competitions and I wanted to bulletproof it, I added a thin strip of weather strip foam along the left side of the sword to ensure that it would never pop out. But adjusting the mech's position solved the issue 100%.

#7 1 year ago

Cool. If it isn't the wrong size plunger thing, I'll try that.

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