Quoted from LTG:
Yes, but save yourself more work. Only loosen a tiny bit so the flipper bat moves if you push/pull it hard. If you loosen it too much and the flipper bat flops around, then you need to adjust the back and forth there you want it, and the up and down movement. If you screw it up, use the blue plastic spacer from the goodie bag, set it between the flipper bat and playfield, that will give you the right spacing so there is a tiny bit of up and down play so the pawl doesn't bind on the nylon bushing the flipper shaft rides in, below the playfield.
If you loosen too much, gravity is down, not up.
LTG : )
What I meant by raising, is will there be space between the flipper and playfield, as if you were pulling it up off the playfield?
But I think you answered that by saying I should only loosen slightly so that I have to force it a bit to move?
Wouldn't it be easier to align the toothpick in the hole if it were easier to move the flipper up and down though?