Issue: On Fire!, I have an issue with my solenoid 04A and C. The coil and the corresponding transistor Q24 get very hot.
But some background: Machine was fine before i did anything. I swapped out the playfield and noticed the issue after fire up and found that I had the left down coil wires swapped. I corrected them and added in a new diode to be safe. Coil tests 5.2ohm which is same as right down coil using same part number so believe they’re ok.
Replaced just the TIP122 with a 102 as it tested bad. Same issue so noticed resistor R49 (68 ohm) was burnt and predriver transistor NPN 2N4401 tested bad. Ordered them to replace them as this should be the fix!
Today: 68 ohm and 2N4401 replaced and the issue remains. I ended up cutting the coil out and took the thick leads and wired them together. Tested again and the transistor doesn’t get hot whenever the 4C isn’t firing. So I’m led to believe the issue isn’t the 4A down coil but likely upstream in the circuit.
I’d like to work this out myself with some help on here. It seems like it should be obvious. I had LED’s in the C side and cut the 330ohm warming resistors Cut but put in incandescent and out the 330’s back in. They still don’t flash and stay lit whenever any C circuit is lit.
Am I missing anything or should I be checking something else? Pics below are be for the predriver and resistor were replaced.