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Shopping a Getaway HS2 - bulb issues

By Flake49

5 years ago

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#35 5 years ago

Also, using Cody's photo above, you see that dimple at 1-o'clock on the middle top ring? That's where the lamp socket makes contact. You can reflow that entire ring to get rid of the dimple and have a better mechanical connection. And sometimes I will pull the contacts on the lamp socket out a little more if the socket doesn't feel tight when it's twisted into position: more pressure = more scraping action = less oxide/gunk = better chance of a solid electrical connection.

I agree about reflowing all the connectors - that's something I'd do regardless. Also look for cracks in the PCB trace between the pads and the trace. And sometimes (this just happened on the backbox lights on my AFM) the wire will lift out of the IDC connector. It might not be visible, but it will lose electrical connection. Push it back in (ideally with an IDC tool but if you're skilled and/or lucky you may be able to do it with a screwdriver or needlenose pliers.

Long shot: I'm not sure anyone's mentioned it but aren't some (older design) LEDs polarity-sensitive? Try inserting the lamp assembly in both directions.

#38 5 years ago

That makes sense. If the ramp opto is out the diverter would never divert the ball to the supercharger, so even if the rest of the supercharger was working 100%, it would never operate during normal play.

I think the supercharger test mode would probably work, though - it should move the diverter and enable the SC regardless of whether or not the ramp opto is working.

Regarding replacing the diode in the other post - they are VERY easy to test, particularly when you can remove the board/disconnect the wiring as you have done. Just put a DMM into diode mode, and you should read 0.5V to 0.7V when the DMM test leads are in one direction, reverse the leads and you should get nothing. I'd do that before I went to the trouble of replacing the diode...

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