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What did you learn from your last repair?

By swampfire

8 years ago


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#201 8 years ago

What did I learn from my last repair? I learned that as much as I know about pinball machines that I still have a LOT more to learn.

#202 8 years ago

That a coin door (at least WPC) is a cinch to swap. I was intimidated, before I tried it.

#203 8 years ago

If it's working, DON'T F--K WITH IT.

This morning I pulled the power driver board from my JM to replace a transistor. I thought, "Hey, as long as I have it out, I'll replace all the 15,000 uF capacitors". Big mistake - I ended up spending 2 hours repairing the damage I did to the delicate pads for C5 and C11. And since I had no reset problem, there was no good reason to replace them.

#204 8 years ago

I learned to never try and repair anything ever again. Me just posting in a repair thread could cause something to go wrong.

#205 8 years ago

I learned to check all parts when they come in and not when you go to do the repair. With the friendly affordable shipping rates of most suppliers I usually order for all the games I plan on fixing at once. Picked up a set of insert decals for riverboat gambler. Two months later I have the playfield torn apart, old inserts cleaned with paint removed, and what do you know... My new decals are clear instead of white lol. They said they would replace still so I guess all is well.

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#206 8 years ago

I'm glad you contacted classic arcades and that they provide the proper insert decals.

#207 8 years ago

Me too. I just assumed since it had been a while I was going to be left holding the bag on that one

#208 8 years ago

Switching the bulbs in my clip-on work lamps was the best thing I've done all week.

I had been using florescent bulbs, but was getting frustrated with the amount of time I had to take to determine wire colors. And since I have been tracing a considerable number of wires in a particular game to troubleshoot a problem, it was taking an excessive amount of time to do that.

So, I switched to a natural light LED bulb for one of the lamps. The light temperature made quite a difference (5000k and 1250 lumens). I can now tell what the wire colors are much more easily.

#209 8 years ago

AS always. Thank your Pinball Partner/Helper...... When you take stuff apart and "Forget" to pay attention... She and or He is always watching your every move..

#210 8 years ago
Quoted from NicToria:

AS always. Thank your Pinball Partner/Helper...... When you take stuff apart and "Forget" to pay attention... She and or He is always watching your every move..

Or just take photos, and use your hand.
(Drum roll)

#211 8 years ago

Related really OLD tip for new EM collectors.

Always remove the backbox from the machine while transporting for many reasons.

The most important other than protecting the backglass?

It makes carrying the machine up or downstairs 100X easier.
The backbox is over 40%+ weight of the entire machine.

Your lower back will thank you immensely.

#212 8 years ago

I learned today that when trouble shooting always check the simple things. Maybe someone down the line has put 6 sound ROMs in a board backwards and that is what is causing your lack of sound

#213 8 years ago

Left flipper goes dead on HS. I pull the glass, lift the PF see the broken wire to the flipper coil. Get out the soldering station, strip the wire, solder it back on. Power it up, good to go. 20 minutes. I guess I'm getting better at this than I thought I was.

#214 8 years ago

Funny how that goes.

#215 8 years ago

Make sure that a buzzing hold coil on a gottlieb EM has the brass washer installed between the top of the coil and the relay frame.

5 years later
#216 2 years ago

Check all the fuses...

#217 2 years ago

Since this thread is resurrected, I'll go...

What an incredible resource this place is. I've found a lot of answers just by plowing through and reading.

Along with always taking pictures, and never skipping steps.

And don't work on things when you're tired.

#218 2 years ago

ten minutes ago after replacing an EOS, locking the glass in and moving the game back into place:

did you put the ball back in? no you did not.

1 month later
#219 2 years ago
Quoted from chris_p:

did you put the ball back in? no you did not.

We never learn this one....

#220 2 years ago

My customers house is haunted.

#221 2 years ago
Quoted from jpinb:

My customers house is haunted.

So, its a Haunted House?

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#222 2 years ago

Check the fuses after you replace your blown power supply board bridge rectifier! Haha

#223 2 years ago

Do not use a paperclip in the toothpick flipper holes.

#224 2 years ago
Quoted from GroggyFrogFace:

Since this thread is resurrected, I'll go...
What an incredible resource this place is.
And don't work on things when you're tired.

Or bourbon night. I've made some costly errors going in " just one more time" after " one too many"

#225 2 years ago

Sometimes Spike 2 test buttons have lag, swapped out from 2 games and both work.

#226 2 years ago

It's not pinball related, but it saved me $1k

My furnace fan quick working. All it took to repair was replacing a blown thermistor, ($1.81 from Newark).

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#227 2 years ago
Quoted from indypinhead:

It's not pinball related, but it saved me $1k
My furnace fan quick working. All it took to repair was replacing a blown thermistor, ($1.81 from Newark).
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I did exactly the same thing with the same part late last year. Furnace motor is still running strong.

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