(Topic ID: 208912)

sharing a recent repair housecall


By maddog14

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

I did a pin repair housecall on a T2 the other day. The board had extensive trace damage from leaky batteries. No problem to repair that.

The machine still had some issues. Row 1 ground short, and two balls would shoot into the shooter lane.

The ground short was easy. SOmehow the slam tilt was shorting against the lock mechanism. Bent that back into shape.

I pull out the balls from the trough. I got four of them in my hand. I look down at the sticker for how many balls are supposed to be in the machine. I ask the owner to come over. I ask him how many balls do I have in my hand. He responds, A man isn't supposed to ask another man that question. We had a laugh. I showed him the sticker. Ball problem solved. Three installed back into machine.
He had no idea how an extra ball got there or how long it had been that way. He said he had machine for 20 years.

#2 2 years ago

Wow. 20 years?

That's quite a story... curious, how did you find the slam tilt issue? Just visual identification?

#3 2 years ago

That reminds me of the gilligans island machine I bought. The owner got it for his 40th birthday.
When I bought it he was 57, so 17 years he had it. He said that he had been playing it a lot, and loved the game. Judging by the wear on the chest insert, and the pitted balls I could tell.
He had never done anything to the game, he didn’t know how to remove the glass.
The whole motor assembly to the island was gone. That means, the island would never turn. You would never get the ramp down for jungle run. Not for kona either.
In other words, all you played for never worked. 17 years! Insane.

#4 2 years ago
Quoted from Axl:

That reminds me of the gilligans island machine I bought. The owner got it for his 40th birthday.
When I bought it he was 57, so 17 years he had it. He said that he had been playing it a lot, and loved the game. Judging by the wear on the chest insert, and the pitted balls I could tell.
He had never done anything to the game, he didn’t know how to remove the glass.
The whole motor assembly to the island was gone. That means, the island would never turn. You would never get the ramp down for jungle run. Not for kona either.
In other words, all you played for never worked. 17 years! Insane.

That, right there, speaks volumes about what 99.9% of people that step up to a game understand. Basically nothing. Which is modern pinball's inherent flaw!

#5 2 years ago
Quoted from 27dnast:

That, right there, speaks volumes about what 99.9% of people that step up to a game understand. Basically nothing. Which is modern pinball's inherent flaw!

Yes! When people are playing in my pizzerias I always try to give them tips for simple things like multiball and basic rules, without coming across like a know it all... which I am not. The more you learn about pinball the more fun it gets!

#6 2 years ago

This reminds me of the Gladiators I picked up. The man who had it was selling/repairing it for a friend. He said it had issues; balls would get stuck on the playfield and the GI didn't work. I picked it up at a great price.
He had 3 balls installed, not the required 4.
The GI was simply completely burnt out bulbs.

#7 2 years ago
Quoted from WyseGuy:

I always try to give them tips without coming across like a know it all.

I'm sure you don't come across as a know-it-all. But you must come across as some kind of a wise guy.

#8 2 years ago
Quoted from littlecammi:

I'm sure you don't come across as a know-it-all. But you must come across as some kind of a wise guy.

I always find it rarely - if ever - goes well

#9 2 years ago
Quoted from 27dnast:

I always find it rarely - if ever - goes well

It depends on the repetition of which I hear them mashing the flippers. If they are just pounding them, no point.

#10 2 years ago
Quoted from 27dnast:

Wow. 20 years?
That's quite a story... curious, how did you find the slam tilt issue? Just visual identification?

I have had mine for 19 years. Ball was probably stuck somewhere in the playfield.

#11 2 years ago
Quoted from 27dnast:

Wow. 20 years?
That's quite a story... curious, how did you find the slam tilt issue? Just visual identification?

I looked at all the switches in the row. Machine told me switch in that row was shorted to ground ( just not which switch). I just started at first switch. Slam tilt. Saw it was bent out and resting on lock mech. As soon as i pulled it away, The ground short went away in the switch test... I then knew it was x marked the spot. LOL.
Usually problems are not that easy. The board was a bitch to repair though. I think 7 or 8 traces damaged by acid.

#12 2 years ago
Quoted from maddog14:

He had no idea how an extra ball got there or how long it had been that way. He said he had machine for 20 years.

Different non Pinball similarity.
Friend had a 1967 Mustang for 7 or 10 years. One day he asks my opinion of his ride. I stated, that the Tilt Steering was not a common option. He said, "The What?". He didn't even know.

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