So, last night I flip on WOF to play for a while. I LOVE that game. Well, the wheel was all messed up. It started spinning counter clockwise, then when I started a game it went clockwise and was just slowly sputtering along and would never stop.
Now, here's where I have to give MAJOR Kudos to Chaz over at Stern Tech. Every time I call over there I almost always get Chas. Pat is awesome too and has helped me BIG TIME on my NASCAR nightmare SO props to him as well for sure. But Chas helped with my WOF today. I told him the issue and he said, yup, it's common with that game. You need to replace the transistor at Q5 with a 2N3904 Surface Mount Transistor. I'm like...Q5!? What? Where? How the heck!?
Like this guy ain't busy enough, right? He spent a half hour on the phone with me telling me where it was located on the back of the wheel itself, how to take the wheel off and how to fix it. God I love the guys at Stern Tech!
So, in the hopes of someone having this same fail someday, I wanted to come in and share this in the hopes that this helps them.
First off, all you need to do to remove the spinning wheel assembly up and out of the game is to first lift the PF and disconnect the connector under there. Then, drop the PF back down and remove the 2 connectors on the back bottom of the wheel itself. Then all you have to do is remove the 2 lower screws in the front of the wheel that screw down into the PF. Your wheel will now lift right up and out.
Now, look on the back of the wheel at the circuit board. With the wheel laying numbers side down, you'll see the Q5 transistor in the top left corner. It's a surface mount transistor so you need to de-solder it and then install your new 2N3904 Surface Mount Transistor in its place. Re-install your spinning wheel back into the game, plug in all 3 connectors and BINGO! You're back in business.
So I hope this helps someone out there and saves the guys at Stern a tech call.