Hey it's me again! I have a few new questions, any guidance is much appreciated:
1. After rebuilding the flippers (except the EOS switches) a month or so ago, I noticed that the upper right flipper was losing a little bit of power. I checked it and the whole thing was loose, as in I could jiggle the flipper up and down on the playfield way more than should be the case. An issue I'd had when replacing it was that one on the screws that holds the bushing in broke off, so that there are only two screws holding the bushing down. When I checked under the playfield, both of those screws were very loose, and the metal post attached to the flipper had also slid up in the clamp. I tightened everything and now it works fine. I'm wondering though, could that broken screw be what was causing the problem? If so, any ideas about how to get it out?
2. I did my flipper rebuild keeping everything on the underside of the playfield (meaning I didn't take the big metal plates off). Some of the screws that went into the underside of the playfield had nuts on them, but I'm not able to replace those because I can't reach them without taking those big metal plates off. Is that something I should worry about?
3. I did a lot more research on the gun malfunction (my machine is a DH), and it's common to have to replace the optos in the gun chamber, which would seem to make sense given my issues. I started by taking the gun apart and cleaning the optos, but they weren't particularly dirty and doing that didn't fix the problem. When I run a single switch test on the gun chamber switch, it says the switch is open, and when I put my finger in between the optos it doesn't change. Does that indicate the optos are very likely to be the problem? I ask because they'll need to soldered, which would mean a significant investment of time and money in buying soldering equipment and learning how to use it. I'm fine with that if that's what I need to do (and I've seen the excellent tutorial on soldering here), but I really don't want to go through all that only to find that wasn't actually the problem. What do you guys think?