(Topic ID: 1980)

Rollover Button Pops Out Onto the Playing Field

By firebird

11 years ago


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    #1 11 years ago

    I have a Stern Stars. The orange bonus button in the center is broken and has decided to start popping up and out into the playfield when the ball rolls over it. What's the solution?

    #2 11 years ago

    To elaborate, it is the old, clear, round, EM style rollover button. http://www.pbresource.com/rollobut.htm
    Not the star shaped ones that came out in 79.

    Here is an exploded view.
    http://www.pbresource.com/rollover/wll-3a7263-8s.jpg

    My guess is the star lock washer (17A-125) which holds it in place has fallen off. Look inside the cabinet to see if you can find it. If you find it and it won't stay on the button shaft, then you will need to get a new button. Or glue it on.
    Call www.pbresource.com and tell them what you need. And make sure you ask them to ship it USPS or they will send it FedEx and that will be expensive. Learned that the hard way.

    #3 11 years ago

    Dang, you are on to things. Thanks.

    #4 11 years ago

    No problem. I gotta keep my baby workin.

    Is Manhattan Pizza still open? I went by Saturday to fix the JM but they were closed. I know they are selling the place. But still won't sell the JM.

    #5 11 years ago

    Probably cheaper to buy the place then the pinball machine. They open pretty late in the day, like 6 on the weekend. The star lock washers look like they are still in place under the switch. they haven't fallen into the cabinet.

    #6 11 years ago

    Hmmm. You can you pull the button all the way out but the little friction washer which holds it on is still attached to the button? If that is the case then the base is broken. There are only 5 parts. The button, the playfield bushing, the base and the two washers. So if the shaft on the button is not broken off and the washer hasn't fallen off the shaft then the base is the only thing left.

    They want like $70 grand for that place. I don't think they do much business. I hardly see anyone in there when I've been there. Pizza isn't bad but not great either. The only reason I go there is to play and fix the JM. More fixing than playing.

    #7 11 years ago

    Okay wait. It's worse than I thought. I found a part in the cabinet. The shaft is broken and the washer with a little piece of broken shaft was in the cabinet under the chimes. Part 3a is still under the switch but 17a fell into the cabinet with a little piece of the shaft stuck in it. The shaft of the button itself is the broken part. You were right. I was confusing where the base was.

    Yeah, they could turn it into a bar because it's close to Chilkoot Charlie's, but it has only a beer and wine license. I have thought of what it would be like to turn it into a retro arcade with a beer license. But because of the full kitchen in the back, I don't think so. It's just too small. A storefront in the building that houses Sugarspoon across the street would make a better arcade. Someone told me that the Plato's Closet/Brown Jug right up from there was an arcade called SpaceStation.

    #8 11 years ago

    I would buy the button, bushing and a new washer, if they have it. Easy fix though. Might want to order an extra in case the other one brakes too. The problem with the bottom one is its proximity to the flippers. The ball gives it a pretty good whacking.

    #9 11 years ago

    I bought an assortment of these rollovers (even though I only needed one) from pbresource for my old A-Go-Go that is still in project mode. They are high quality and fit perfect.

    #10 11 years ago

    Thanks for you help sealclubber. I'll order a couple of them. I have a "make do" for now without the button actually working. I'm surprised how one tiny change can alter the entire play of the pinball machine. It gives me respect for original parts and restoration in general. While I'm ordering parts....got another question in case I need to order another part and can do it all at once. The countdown chime sequence at the end of the ball, where it racks up the bonus, worked fine for a couple of weeks. One day it stopped working, except one time a couple of weeks ago it worked. After I turned it off that one time it never worked after that. I'm wondering what that might be. I'm not really fixated on it though because it doesn't affect game play.

    #11 11 years ago

    Hmm, There is a fuse on the side of the cabinet next to the chimes. I would check that.
    Also check the wires at the solenoids. Also check the connector at the Solenoid Driver Board. Should be the connectors at the left side of the board.

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