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Who can repair my Metallica SAM board?

By Sinistarrett

3 years ago


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#1 3 years ago

In a nutshell, the Q15 transistor went bad causing the coil to lock on with the flipper up.
I removed the old transistor with no problems and then went on to lift two of the pads while trying to remove the leftover solder. Is there anyone who can fix this for me and solder in the new transistor (and one other transistor that went out, that one drives the left flashers in the back panel)? Very disappointed in myself for effing up the pads, Ive succesfully replaced transistors on Williams boards before and had no trouble, but this board no such luck. So Id rather send it off to a pro. Please let me know if anyone is willing/able to take on this board repair, thank you.

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#3 3 years ago

I may be wrong but that q15 only seems to have connections on the bottom side. So you could easily try using a vacuum pen to clear the solder out of the theee holes, and then simply put a new transistor in and solder it cleanly from the bottom. The pads may be somewhat raised but it looks like you’ll get a good solid connection with a careful hand.

#4 3 years ago

Thanks Markharris2000 if thats the case then there is still hope. Not sure I want to risk further damage but will take a look and see if thats still an option.

#5 3 years ago
Quoted from Sinistarrett:

Thanks Markharris2000 if thats the case then there is still hope. Not sure I want to risk further damage but will take a look and see if thats still an option.

I think there is a guy last name “Heber” that can fix the board it if you get in a real jam. Search for him here on the Forum.

#6 3 years ago
Quoted from Markharris2000:

I think there is a guy last name “Heber” that can fix the board

ChrisHibler is probably who you’re thinking of. Can’t hurt to ask him.

Borygard is another option. Not sure if they’ll take on the task or not.

#7 3 years ago

The service department at the Stern factory should be able to repair it.

#8 3 years ago

Hey KenLayton I wasnt aware they did repairs there. I will definitely look into that, thank you.

#9 3 years ago

we can take care of you. message me if you still need someone.

#10 3 years ago

Happy to get it functioning and looking 100%.

Just shoot me an email... [email protected]

--
Rob Anthony
Pinball Classics
http://LockWhenLit.com
Quality Board Work - In Home Service
LockWhenLit at gmail dot com

#11 3 years ago

I dont solder stich anything, I only do high reliability thru hole repair, but this is a high skill and time consuming process which is not cheap. This type of repair is guaranteed for the life of the board.

#12 3 years ago

Thank you for all the replies. Board is on its way to be repaired.

#13 3 years ago
Quoted from Sinistarrett:

Thank you for all the replies. Board is on its way to be repaired.

Who did you use?

6 months later
#14 2 years ago
Quoted from RyanStl:

Who did you use?

Just wanted to close the loop on this...

This board came into me on 4/13/21 and was sent back repaired on 4/22/21.

--
Rob Anthony
Service Manager
Game Exchange of Colorado
303-288-6500
[email protected]

#15 2 years ago

And i should add the game has worked flawlessly since the repair. Great service all around!
Thank you.

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