When I turn the game on (from power off) it starts, resets score reels, releases the ball to the ball lifter and plays and scores normally.
When the first ball drains it does not subtract the lost ball (stays on ball 5) and does not release the ball to the ball trough lift mechanism. If I manually release the ball and play it, scoring is normal, but draining the ball again does not subtract a ball.
If I then start a new game it will reset, but not not release the ball to the lifter, hence I can't lift it to the trough to plunge it into play.
If I turn off the game by the slam switch, then restart, all is fine, the ball releases to the lifter and plays normally until the first ball drains, then it does not subtract the ball, release the ball to the lifter, etc.
Any ideas? This happened for a while a year ago and then the problem somehow disappeared with no help from me.
I do have schematics but have trouble following them.