I've had this game for 10+ years with no problems. Today when playing, the gopher wheel only spins about 1/4 turn. I went to diagnostics, and ran the gopher wheel relay, with same results. I disconnected/reconnected the connectors on the solenoid board and the one going to the motor, but it still only spins about 1/4 turn.
It needs to spin a little longer and faster to get the ball in the wheel to move to different letters. It seems like a connector issue, but pushing on the connectors while running the test did not show any improvement.
I can easily turn the wheel by hand, so it doesn't seem like it is binding at all.
Is there a way to make the relay stay on longer?
I'd appreciate any suggestions.