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Helpful Pinball machine repair Tips
 
When it comes to repairing a pinball machine, sometimes the smallest little things can be bothering. Here are a few tips on those little things that can make your pinball machine repair project go a little easier.
 
 
Bulb Removal

Ever have a problem trying to get one of those little 44,555,47, bulbs out of their socket? Get you a regular rubber plunger tip and slide it over the bulb. Now you have something to get a grip with and keep your finger from getting burned.Rubber plunger tips.

Rubber plunger pinball tip
Stubborn dirty glass

Ever have a dirty area on your playfield glass that just doesnt want to clean off? Try some Novus #2 plastic cleaner and this may just solve your problem.Novus #2

Novus #2
Warped Plastic pieces

A simple way to flatten out warped plastic pieces, is to sit them between 2 pieces of glass in your cars back window on a warm day. A few hours later you should have nice flattened plastic.

Chattering Flipper

A flipper that flips very rapidly (or chatters) with one push of the button more than likely has a broken wire winding. Check the small wire that comes out of the coil and see if it is still connected/soldiered to the lug. If not, easy fix. If it is still connected, it may be time for a new flipper coil. Flipper coils.

Pinball Flipper Coils

Good fuse or Bad Fuse?

Even though a fuse may look good, it can still be bad. The best way to check a fuse is with a meter and do a continuity check. However that does not guarantee the fuse is good all the time it passes a continuity check. An ohm meter just sends a very low current through the fuse for the continuity check which may say it is good, but when you actually power on the machine with the higher voltage the fuse can break down and not allow the higher current to pass through. When all else fails, you still may need that fuse that you thought was good, that is actually bad. Fuses.

Arcade Machine Fuses
Backbox lock key missing?

On most newer Bally, and Williams machines, drilling the lock out on the backbox is not necessary if you have lost the key. You may see that you can unscrew the "tamper proof" torx screws. How do you do that? Get you a torx bit set. Torx Bit set.

Tamper Proof Torx Bit set
Does your machine shock you?

Ever put your hands on your machine, or just brush against your machine and get a little jolt? Sounds like the third prong on your outlet cord may be broken off. Get a new one. Power outlet cord.

Power outlet cord
Missing paint around bumpers?

Well we can't tell you how to get it back, but we can tell you the best way to prevent this from happening to the rest of your playfield. Replace your pinballs, and keep your machine cleaned and waxed. Old scratched, pitted, or rusty balls act like sandpaper as they roll over your playfield. This in return wears off your painted surface. Most of your pinball machines value resides in the cosmetic condition of it. Replace your pinballs about once a year. Pinballs

Pinballs
Aligning flippers

Ever wonder how to get your flipper lined up properly with each other? Most machines actually have a small hole with a roll pin in them just under the flippers. Guess what that is for? You got it, aligning flippers! Get you a small nail or an Allen wrench and put it in that hole. Rest your flippers against Allen wrench lifting rubber ring on flipper and putting between rubber and actual plastic flipper. This will hold your flippers in the correct place while you tighten them from underneath.

Williams Pinball Logo Flippers
"Factory settings restored" message

This is caused because your machine is losing its memory when it is turned off. The 2 most common causes of this are dead batteries on the CPU board, or a bad battery holder. Battery Holders.

MPU Battery Holder