DM… When I arrived was told DM was down and that parts were ordered.
I was told that DM is a "league" machine for the night.
I lifted the playfield and saw that the ball trough transmitter Opto Board was missing. It was sitting on the cart in the back room and had these markings on it.
I was surprised to find that 3 optos were out at the same time.
I knew we that we didn't have any optos in stock but.. I did find an old broken Opto transmitter board that I could use as an Opto donor.
I removed the bad Optos
Solder side. To bad we don't have any flux cleaning supplies.
Here the donor optos are installed
Testing the board
Once The board was installed I play tested it and noticed that the left flipper was behaving oddly in that it wouldn't drop back cleanly and was slightly raised from its normal unenergized state.
Lifted the playfield and this is what winked at me!
After taking care of that unmentioned issue the machine played great and was "League" Ready.
Was asked to prep BR "tune up/Clean" for the "League" 45mins till the start.
Going through the machine one thing I always check for is loose ball guides and sure enough the right side lower ball guide was loose. this is very common on BR
I also noticed that the right ramp left side post was very loose. This was due to the fact that it had broken off at the threaded part of its shaft.
No posts in stock and a "League" machine might be down clutch the pearls!!!!!!!!!!
What to do?
I figured why not use the right side post and swap it with the left as the right side doesn't really take hits and can be held in place by the plastic.
Here the plastic has been removed in order to access the good right side post.
The underside of the playfield with the swapped out posts.
The result a strong needed left side post and the "League machine" is still in.
Here you can see how the plastic holds the now broken right side post from popping out.
5 mins left for "League "Start and a practicing player comes to me and says "The left flipper on KISS is sticking up.
Kiss is a "League" machine
I lift the playfield with 3mins till "League" start and the coil has fried and seized the plunger.
No replacement coil in stock.
KISS the "League" machine is OUT!
The following was then heard throughout Modern. Announced by a Modern employee no less.
"KISS is OUT the first night of "League" and a machine is already down that was fast shows how they fix machines here KISS is out First night this is how they fix machines"
I went out to get something to eat and upon return I get
" You fix DM is fucking not working thats how you fix"
I took a look at the machine figuring that something with the trough board may have been the issue but it turned out to be that the lower ball popper wasn't popping.
Coil tested good in test? Tranistor Q80 tested good? Power was getting to coil? Coil wires were good? Grounding the coil fired it? Grounding the TIP fired it? Solenoid test fired it? The Opto switch tested fine?
What the hell was the issue?
Turns out that J207 was slightly backed out. DM was FIXED again and was back for the "League"
You reading this post must understand that if I repair a machine for the "League" that it must work because I am GOD and even Clay Harrel is in awe of me. Nothing should go wrong with a machine even though what I repaired had nothing to do with the new breakdown! This is the only conclusion I can surmise that must be going through the minds at Modern.
AF … Multiball lock issue from the swamp, Lifted the playfield and was greeted with numerous hacks on every switch related to the swamp area with 5 mins left to go home. This will have to wait til tonight ugh.
Kiss….. Left flipper stuck up during "League Practice" with 15 mms before the league started.