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Mr. Pinball Repair Tip

Postby Pindude152 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 9:09 am

Mr. Pinball, on top of being the oldest pinball classifieds site online has a daily repair tip. These tips cover pinball machines from every era. They are worth checking out.

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Re: Mr. Pinball Repair Tip

Postby amona » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:14 pm

just be careful about this one Novel contact cleaning method

It worked for me - which is why I submitted it. It didn't work so well for someone I know who tried it. His game caught on fire. Took me an afternoon rewire the melted relays. Don't try this at home! Don't try this at someone elses home!

Looks like I will have to send them another email asking them to pull this one
Oh - and the tip is:
Cleaning contacts with a thin strip of a business card is fine when fixing an isolated problem but when I get a "new" EM that has been sitting in the barn for five years, I often will run out of business cards before all the contacts are clean. Worse still is when an unnoticed bit of paper comes off during the cleaning and opens a switch that worked fine before you started. What I do is to take an old toothbrush dip it in a bit of alcohol and give every contact I can reach with it the once over, after cleaning a relay I blow everything dry before proceeding on. WARNING: Be sure to let the alcohol dry completely before powering on the machine! If the alcohol has not dried you may start a fire! The first time I tried this I got a machine up and running within an hour. I wondered if it would ever work again when it arrived.
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