I have a failed kick out detect microswitch (part #180-5186-00 marco link https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/180-5186-00) and I am looking for an alternative. Marco lists the part as discontinued and the only site I can find it is action pinball. I'm in Canada so shipping here is a challenge from them. Most sites appear to have a similar part (part #180-5186-01 marco link https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/180-5186-01) but nobody is listing it as an alternative to 180-5186-00. I asked Marco and they said the product notes don't indicate they are compatible but it sounds like they are mostly talking about the actuator. Does anyone know if these switches can be swapped or have any other alternatives? The specific game I am dealing with is Stern Simpsons Pinball Party (2003).
Perhaps a better question is whether there is a place to look up the specifications of game switches. Digi-Key has something that looks right if I can swap out the actuator with the one from my dead switch https://www.digikey.ca/en/products/detail/zf-electronics/DB3CB1LB/1083873 It's 0.1A 125v so I'm assuming it should be fine, but I'm not sure operating force it should be. The Digi-Key switch above is 60gf... whatever that means. haha
Any suggestions? The game is relatively unplayable without this switch. I replaced the diode hoping that might be the issue but it did not fix the problem. The only other alternative I know is to break the switch open and try to clean the contacts etc. That's my last resort... it still clicks so it's possible a cleaning might be the key, but I'd rather start with a fresh part.