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TIPS & FAQ


SHOULD I LEAVE MY GAME TURNED ON?
Your game was designed to be installed in a commercial type game room - once plugged in it stayed on forever 24/7 and in your home you can do the same thing. BUT, when done playing it for the day you will extend it's life by turning it off. The extra heat from being on can damage already old plugs and components, those components and bulbs will last longer.

WHAT TYPE OF WAX FOR THE PLAYFIELD?
Wax and clean the Ball Play Area when it gets dirty - for most games that is about every 500 games but it depends on the game. Some older games get dirty sooner than others. By keeping it clean you will extend the life of the machine and it will be more enjoyable to play. Any type of wax (but not water based cleaners like Windex or 409) will be OK. A special pinball cleaner and wax is made but a good HARD wax such as Johnson Paste Wax, Tree wax or Maguire’s Carnauba Wax works well. Others have had good luck with the Novus line of cleaners. I prefer using Mills Pinball Wax as it does a good job of cleaning and leaves a hard finish; I have the Mills Wax available for sale at the Shop. Link to Mills Pinball Wax for cleaning tips.

HOW OFTEN DO I CHANGE THE BATTERIES?
For the Electronic/Solid State games the manufacturers recommend changing the battery every year. I have seen them last many many years (sometimes as long as 10 years or more, the thing you do not want is for them to get old enough to start corroding and eating up the expensive things around it). Most games use 3 AA flashlight type batteries. I recommend changing them every 3 years.
For most, the battery can be carefully changed with the game on; this will save all game programming information. (Be sure to make a note of the date changed near or on the batteries). Call if you need help with this. I can help over the phone or will be glad to come and do this and any other needed cleaning and service work.

MACHINE KEYS AND MANUALS
The keys and manuals seem to always get miss placed for machines that are in your home. I strongly suggest that you always have a extra key for the Front Coin Door, have one handy for every day use and screw the extra one down to the top or back of the Game; if the primary key should get lost use the extra one to have a duplicate key made immediately. Any keys for the top or service compartments should always be left hanging on the “Key Hook” that the manufacturer placed inside the coin door for that purpose. The Manual should always be left inside the Game—Manuals are needed for service work, other then that are pretty dry reading so they only need to be with the Game and used with the game at service time.

HOW TO LEVEL YOUR PINBALL
Here is a great web site with all kinds of PINBALL NEWS so look around. But this page Leveling the Playfield has got all the information you will ever need on how to level your pinball.

DAMAGE TO CIRCUIT BOARDS
Always turn the game off to change bulbs or to make any other adjustments. This will help in preventing you from shorting out something and causing expensive repairs. If at any time the game sounds funny, hums, something sticks on, or it smells hot turn the game off immediately and find out why it is doing that.

A NOTE OF CAUTION:
If you turn the game off for any reason, wait a few seconds for all the voltages to stabilize before you turn the game back on.

When working on your game: DO NOT SET THE GLASS DOWN ON A HARD SURFACE SUCH AS CONCRETE OR CERAMIC TILE FLOOR -- IF needed place a rug or some other type of padding first.

LUBRICATION
Pinball Machines, for the most part, do not   require any lubrication. Most parts run “dry”. Far more damage can be done to a pinball by over-lubricating, then by under-lubricating. As a rule, if in doubt as to lubrication, don’t do it! Throw that WD-40 away, it won’t be used here.

MACHINE USE AND STORAGE
Machines should be used at room temperature. Extreme cold, heat or humidity is not good for the Game. If moving a Machine in cold whether allow the machine to warm before plugging it in. Do not transport the top backglass (the one with the art work on it) in an unheated area. Remove it and put it in the Pickup cab where it will be warmer.

Do not leave a Pinball in a unheated Garage or other building for storage, especially the Backglass can be damaged, they can be very difficult and expensive to find and replace, this severally affects the Machines value.

SERVICE AND PREVENTION
The number one thing you can do for your game to prevent problems in the future is easy,
PLAY IT. Yes, playing your game on a regular basis helps in keeping all the moving parts loosened up. Most of the switches are adjusted to be self cleaning so this will clean them. If it still uses the rechargeable battery, this will keep it charged. The heat from being on will keep humidity to a minimum preventing oxidation on bulbs, plugs, contacts, electronics and other parts. .