(Topic ID: 212646)

Pinball Little Joe not starting

By HermanLittleJoe

1 year ago

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#1 1 year ago

After running smoothly the past year, suddenly my Little Joe pin won't start running.
When switching power on, I can use the left flipper button and the lights are glowing. Also the lock-relay is activated.
After that I push the big round button on the door cabinet to start a game (the credit reel is showing 25 games), but I only hear one click. This is because the credit-relay is also activated. And that's it, no more activity.....
Hope you guys can help me...

#2 1 year ago

How far does it get in this sequence?

The Credit button should activate the Credit relay
The Credit relay should activate the Coin relay
The Coin relay should activate the Reset relay

#3 1 year ago

Manually try to cycle the score motor.

#4 1 year ago

Carefully inspect all of the wiring at the coin chutes and make sure nothing is broken or disconnected. The circuit path for the startup goes right through those switches. If a wire comes loose there it will not start. Don’t ask me how I know this....

#5 1 year ago

howardr , mrbally and xsvtoys thanks for the reply.
I've checked your solutions:
- manually running the scoremotor: after a small manual turn, the motor starts running one complete cycle and stops; the pin doesn't start a game.
- checking hte wiring of the cabinet-door: all wiring from cabinet-door untill Jason plug is OK, no disconnected/broken wire.
- following the sequence: Credit button activates the Credit relay (approx. 55 volts), but the Coin relay is not activated. no current on the coil....no game!

But I found out that the top switch on reel #6 of the scoremotor was not closed by default. When adjusting the leaves, so the switch was closed, I could start a game with the credit button. So for now the problem is solved!

#6 1 year ago

That is the #1 score motor switch that goes out of adjustment. It gets snagged by shirt sleeves etc.

#7 1 year ago

Dear mrbally , you're absolutely right! As I try to recall how this could happen, I remembered a previous clumsy action, in which I probably touched the sm-switch....
I definitly need to invest in more focus during my pin-work
Thanks and have a nice weekend!

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