Re: Gottlieb Buccaneer question
- From: "Mike W. from NJ" <mweit@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 08:43:10 -0800 (PST)
Ideally, you'll want to pull the gear to clean and lubricate beneath
but this may not be necessary as the 'arms' are typically just bound
up from gunk. All depends on who did what to your machine in the
past. If you disengage the locking arms and can spin the reel freely
then there is no need to do a complete tear down.
Start by removing the unit carefully from the head of your machine
(taking care to not put stress on the wiring). Some alcohol on qtips
will likely free it enough to work just fine. Another approach is to
pull the backing stops from the coils and disconnecting the switches
so that you can remove the mechanical part of the assemble to your
kitchen table. It will be easier to work on there but obviously,
assembly can be traumatic if you have not done it before. (took me a
while to get there myself but glad that I took the steps)
I usually go all the way by backing out the allen key bolts on the
shaft and working the gear out, cleaning the thing form top to bottom
and cleaning and if necessary adjusting the switches while I'm there.
You'll only have to do it once.
It's also good practice for more complex steppers that you'll no doubt
have to tackle some day under the playfield or on player or scoring
units. Just take your time, take pictures w/a digital camera and post
here if you get into trouble.
Most important post assembly step is lubrication !!! Only use a
teflon lube (NO WD-40) such as the type Radio Shack sells in tubes.
It's nice a slick and doesn't attack dust. Better yet, read Clay's
guides in the Gottlieb EM repair section on Marvin3m/fix for actual
advise !! There's no better single stop for repair information.
-Mike W. from NJ
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