Williams Cherokee shuffle alley

(Topic ID: 207290)

Williams Cherokee shuffle alley

By Jdl511

9 months ago

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  • Latest reply 9 months ago by MrBally
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    #1 9 months ago

    I have a 15 yr old special needs son with an interest in arcade games. He recently purchased a Williams Cherokee Shuffle Alley with his birthday money. Although I'm pretty handy, I'm new to EM repair. We also have a Bally Trail Drive pinball. We just acquired the manual and schematic for the shuffle alley. We've been cleaning switch contacts and replacing missing or burned coils. #1 Most recently, we installed a new lock relay coil that was missing altogether. It energizes on start up, but buzzes very loudly and gets hot quickly. #2 The game select switch receives power, but does not function. The game select step up functions when turned manually. When in the 6th fame game at "Game Over", it will reset to regulation when the machine is reset. So, I know the solenoid functions. #3 The player step up functions, but the 6th player is not reached before the gear meets the stop. If I manually move the reel two stops forward, the 6th player lights up and tallies score. But if I set the game to regulation with 1 player, it cycles through 5 players and remains of the 5th player and continues scoring. If I set it to 2 players, it will cycle through 1 and 2 while scoring correctly, but then goes to a "ghost" player frame where no player lights up for two throws without scoring, then returns to player 1. I'm learning on the fly here and am beginning to understand the functions of the internal mechanics, but am confused by the electrical wiring. I don't really know how to read the schematic and am looking for some advise. I've watched numerous Youtube videos on repair and learned a lot, but I'm not making much forward progress.... and the boy is not happy. LOL Thanks in advance for all your help.

    #2 9 months ago


    #3 9 months ago

    Where are you located?

    #4 9 months ago

    The Player or Player up unit is sticking between step ups and the reset function. It should be disassembled and cleaned. Take lots of pictures of it before disassembling it.

    Post your location in case one of us is nearby and could help you if time allows.

    #5 9 months ago

    We’re in New Milford, Ct.

    #6 9 months ago

    I have the same game. Been working on it off and on for six months. The first thing to do is check all fuses. Then check all switches. Check them closely, a switch may look open, but double check. Clean all stepper units. There a lot of information on this site about cleaning. Reading the schematic will get easier as you go along, break the schematic down to smaller parts. Example if a relay is not working look for that relay on the schematic, then back track, what causes it to activate. Take your time don’t give up.


    #7 9 months ago

    Thanks. I took apart the step up and cleaned it. It seems to function as it should.
    One of the more pressing issues is that the player step up, when reset, will stop on a frame that is unmarked by a player light. Once it is advanced one knotch player one lights up and this continues to player 5. Ot will not advance to player 6 unless I move the step up forward 2 knoches. In taking it apart, I thought that perhaps it was put back together wrong, but the shaft and gear has a pin stop and the shaft will only alow the contact plate to attach in one single position. When reset, it seems to be one position off, which when the gear advances 5 knotches, it lands on a toothless spot on the gear which doesn’t enable the plate to advance to the sixth player. I’m puzzled....

    #8 9 months ago

    Sometimes a previous technician assembled the stepper unit bass-ackwards.

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