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(Topic ID: 93679)

STTNG playfield slide mechanism


By foxct

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

Recently got an STTNG and have had a hard time raising playfield. I noticed that both the left and right playfield slide mechanisms are bent inwards. The pivoting piece on the playfield slide mechanism is bent inwards and does not pivot all that well. It's part A-16637-1 or 2, for left and right. I want to remove and try to straigthen or just replace.

My question is, does the playfield have to come out to remove the playfield slide mechanism, or can I tilt the playfield up on the wood rails and remove and replace. There are screws on the underside of the playfield I can see, but not sure if there are screws going in the side as well.

thanks

#2 6 years ago

i removed the slide mechs from a dracula without taking the playfield out of the machine, you just have to be careful because you dont have any support and you are close to the side of the cabinet i used a power drill with and extension bit and then small screw driver bit inside the extension, that way you can get enough slack and use the bit to get in close to the wall of the cab. that being said Sttng has a ton of mechs/solenoids etc on the bottom so reaching all the screws may not be possible on that particular game but it is possible on wpcs with slide mechs

#3 6 years ago

Thanks for the reply, I'm still getting used to working on machines and didn't want to open a hornets nest by trying to get these off without removing the playfield from the cabinet. I will take a closer look to see if there are any screws hiding on the underside

#4 6 years ago

Foxct, mine are bent inwards as well -- I'm not sure but that might be by design. My playfield lifts up just fine, though. You have to lift a little, then pull out until you hear a sort of "sproing", and then lift up the rest of the the way. At least, that's what I do.

#5 6 years ago
Quoted from pezpunk:

Foxct, mine are bent inwards as well -- I'm not sure but that might be by design. My playfield lifts up just fine, though. You have to lift a little, then pull out until you hear a sort of "sproing", and then lift up the rest of the the way. At least, that's what I do.

Thanks, I will take a closer look at them when I get home. I seem to recall one being bent more than the other, so that the pivoting piece was getting stuck and not pivoting when it bumps the pin. This is my first game with this mechanism, and I'm sure my technique was bad, and the playfield weighs a ton.

#6 6 years ago

I recently replaced both of my STTNG slide assemblies due to the same issue. In my case the bent assemblies were preventing the locking mechanism from locking properly, so although I could lift the playfield I couldn't lock it into place. Each slide assembly is attached to the underside of the playfield by 7 hex screws, as I recall, so no need to take out the playfield. The tricky part is getting at those screws if you can't lift or lock the playfield. I wound up lashing the playfield to the backbox with some bungee cords and had another person standing by keeping an eye on the playfield while I leaned into the cab to make the switch.

#7 6 years ago
Quoted from ozdinak:

I recently replaced both of my STTNG slide assemblies due to the same issue. In my case the bent assemblies were preventing the locking mechanism from locking properly, so although I could lift the playfield I couldn't lock it into place. Each slide assembly is attached to the underside of the playfield by 7 hex screws, as I recall, so no need to take out the playfield. The tricky part is getting at those screws if you can't lift or lock the playfield. I wound up lashing the playfield to the backbox with some bungee cords and had another person standing by keeping an eye on the playfield while I leaned into the cab to make the switch.

Thanks, I can tilt the playfield up on the wood rails. I will use a bungee and a helper as well. Very helpful, thanks again. This site is fantastic.

#8 6 years ago

Just make sure to watch out, the STTNG playfield is very heavy, as I'm sure you've noticed.

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