First of all, let me say how much that I love this community. I've been a member here for a while, never posted or responded before, but I have read up on tons of threads. I did it for research, and did it so I knew what kind of a time & work commitment I would need to have in order to be a competent owner. I wanted to buy a pin so that I could practice and be a part of the local league. Pinheads are some of the nicest people I have met in my entire life, and I just want to be a part of that.
I bought my first pin a few days ago; Jurassic Park. I dragged it out of a 3rd floor apartment, put it on a trailer, drove it across a few towns, dragged it into my house, set it up and had it running within minutes. My wife and I had been playing it non-stop for 2-3 days, staying up late and getting up early, and we loved every second of it.
While my wife was playing, I was looking at the T-Rex and saw that one of the lights that shines on it had blown. I opened it up and pulled the bulb, and in doing so I saw a 2nd light that had also blown, but access appeared to be under the playfield. I lifted the playfield and looked at where the light goes to get a better idea of what I would need to buy to replace it. No problem, right?
I made the purchases online and put it back together, and then one of the pop bumpers stopped working............ ok........ The diagnostics checks out, it just didn't work when a ball hit it. I see some awesome pinside member here, vid1900, made a huge tutorial about how to fix it, with one of the comments about checking the gap. OK, I can do that.
I lifted the playfield and looked at the pop bumper. The gap appears fine, but I did notice a wire that reaches the pop bumper is not attached to the mechanism itself. It looks as if it used to be attached, so that's probably the issue. WHEW..... I can fix that, right?
I put the playfield down, turned it back on....... NO SOUND.
"FFFFFFFFFFFFFF..................!!! WTF? I dragged this thing out of an apartment, across town on a bouncy trailer, then into my house. Zero issues. I life up the playfield and TWO ISSUES? WHY AND HOW AND OMG!" Now I'm in panic mode.
I vaguely remember the seller telling me that he had sound issues too, and whenever that happened, just to jiggle the ground wire in the back cabinet. I do that, and boom, I have sound again, but it's not perfect. Sometimes the extreme sound effects kill the music. I think that wire needs to be replaced.
So I'm probably right.... right? ..... Re-attach the wire to the pop bumper, replace the ground wire, and that'll fix those two issues....... right?
My serious question is: Does this bs happen all the time? I'm legit afraid to open it up again. Remember, I purchased bulbs online prior to these issues coming up, and when they come in they might just sit there in the bag because I'm too scared to do any work on it. I'm not the worrying type, but my stomach has been in knots over this, and I slept maybe 5 hours last night, thinking/assuming that this is going to be a daily or weekly thing, or worse yet, I'll be unable to fix any of these issues, or unable to fix future ones.
Thanks for any and all replies, even if they don't answer the question(s) I pose(d). Any advice is appreciated. Before you ask because I know it's coming; I do not own a soldering gun. Ugh....