(Topic ID: 64493)

TZ 'ball shooter lane feeder' not feeding a ball to the plunger at game start

By monkeyboypaul

6 years ago

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#7 6 years ago

I just finished solving a similar problem.

There can be several issues at work.
What I did:
I first removed the apron - exposing the entire works. This area gets filthy and I guarantee it's in need of a cleaning.
Next, I removed the ramp and ball guide assembly - everything cleaned and polished with cleaner ( I just use the Novus 2).

At the end of the "v" shaped ramp - just before it serves the ball to the shooter lane - there will be a curved kickout lever (from beneath the playfield). Check the "true-ness" of this piece of metal. The curved, flat, kickout actuator arm can become deformed and conflict with the switch extension lever located right next to it.

While you're in there, check the alignment of the auto-fire kicker, shooter lane diverter gate assembly, and (carefully, gently) re-torque all of the screws you can get a wrench on. If anything is stripped, use the tooth-pick/glue trick to re-fill the hole and start again fresh.

When were your coil assemblies last rebuilt?
Consider at least replacing the coil sleeves for everything under the apron and polishing the pistons.

#12 6 years ago
Quoted from monkeyboypaul:

I run the game with 9.4CH, 4 balls in the Gumball and therefore 7balls in total. That's how I bought the game and it wouldn't work correctly with 6 (4 in GBall, 2locked, 1 in play or final lock). Comments on that alone are welcome.

This is interesting to me too. If you have a link to the ruleset, I would like to take a look. I've never seen a revision which allows more than 6 balls in total (5- steel, 1- powerball).

TZ's got a fair amount to keep on top of! Kind of puts me off buying a STTNG!
Thanks all.

No way I would allow a little quirk like this to put me off of buying another game just like it. I hope that you can catch onto the "neat factor" in working on the games as well as playing them. Once you get that machine running strait, it will give you many long hours of trouble-free enjoyment. Just give a thorough cleaning and some TLC adjustments.

Also, you can clean some optos under the ball apron - should you so desire (lol).
The autofire kicker optos could probably use a cleaning.

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