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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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. .