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Low Kicker Power

By redrock

1 year ago


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    #8 1 year ago

    The ball return kicker problem is fairly common on Gottlieb games. It's usually caused by that oblong hole. It allows the ball to move too much to the right as it launches to the trough. This makes the kicker hit at the wrong angle.

    I take a small screw and screw it sideways into the edge of that hole on the right side. It doesn't need to stick out much. Just enough to keep the ball from rolling all the way to the right as it kicks. I top off the screw head with some liquid electrical tape to keep it from scratching the ball. A nylon screw would be even better.

    #19 1 year ago

    Redrock, that looks pretty close to where mine are. You may have to tweak it in and out a little to get it where you like it. I don't think it made much difference, just so the ball can't roll too far to the right.

    If you don't have a nylon screw, this is what I put on top of the screw to protect it from scratching

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    #23 1 year ago

    Sorry Redrock, When I said it looked like the right spot, I was looking at tscottn's picture with the red circle. Glad to hear you found the correct location. As to the hitting the trough switch too fast, do you still have the apron removed?

    #30 1 year ago
    Quoted from redrock:

    So what I'm doing is making adjustments to the switch for 1) the gap, 2) the height if the tip, and 3) the angle of the end that hits the ball. This is where an oscilloscope would be great -- if I had one and knew how to use it!
    If I'm missing something let me know as I play with the switch.[quoted image][quoted image]

    I'm not sure which switch you are referring to. Your pictures show the outhole switch. I don't think adjusting that is going to help you. There is probably a score motor switch that has to be closed when the ball closes the trough switch. Did you check to make sure every switch on motor 1C was gapped correctly. The 3rd switch would be the one I would look at closely. I don't have a schematic but I did find this.

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    #32 1 year ago

    You're probably going to need to post a copy of your schematic, so we can see which specific switches you need to look at.

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