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By Chillyh2o

1 month ago


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    #1 41 days ago

    I have a 1960 Bally "Beach Queens" pinball and am by no means skilled in working on pinballs but I'm ready to try...any help is appreciated. The problems are the kickers are weak (don't have much kick), but when I push the kickers by hand they work fine. Also the scoring is not accurate. What's supposed to be 5000 points scores as 1000. Thanks in advance.

    #2 41 days ago

    Hi Chilly.
    Don't have that pin, but would suspect dirty/mis adjusted switches, at least.
    Those get gunk in them, and get bent outa shape a lot...
    clean the contacts with a dremel tool with a brass brush, adjust and try it.
    for the scoring, look at the bonus parts, one is not switching between the 1 and 5.

    #3 41 days ago

    Thanks for your quick reply...I hate to sound entirely stupid but are you talking about the switches in the back of the machine or underneath the play field??

    #4 41 days ago

    the ones behind the kickers.
    and the bonus...well... could be anywhere.
    there should be labels on the relays to identify them.
    chk under the play field first.

    #5 41 days ago

    Disassemble the unit and clean or replace the coil sleeves. Polish the coil plunger rod. Make sure the rubber is the right size (not too tight). Make sure linkage components are not rusted or binding, clean and wax/polish. Adjust switch where it is sensitive but not too.
    If all else fails replace coils with a hotter version.

    #6 40 days ago
    Quoted from phil-lee:

    Disassemble the unit and clean or replace the coil sleeves. Polish the coil plunger rod. Make sure the rubber is the right size (not too tight). Make sure linkage components are not rusted or binding, clean and wax/polish. Adjust switch where it is sensitive but not too.
    If all else fails replace coils with a hotter version.

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