Coin-Op Arcade Technical, Maintenance Tips and Techniques.

All of our Technical How To's and other information.
 1. Number 44 Light Bulb to 47 Light Bulb Replacement to help prevent playfield plastics warping and scoreboard ink flaking.
 Also see Bulb Image Chart
Arcade Lamp and Bulb Chart

 3. Pinball Playfield Steel Game Ball Replacement Schedule.
Also see question 23.

 5. Monitor Burn-In Image problems.

7. Pinball System Board Identification and Game Name Listings Charts

 9. What is a Video Monitor Capacitor replacement kit?  (Re-Cap kits)

 11. Can game batteries and battery acid damage circuit boards? The batteries are mounted to the MPU board in most Arcades.

 13. Should Spike Arrestors or Power Strips be used on a Coin Operated Arcade Game?

 15. How to determine whether to Repair or
Replace a Pinball Circuit Board

 17. Coin-Op game shipping Methods and Costs
 See Shipping and Yellow Jacket pinball Dolly pages.

 19. What brand of AA sized battery is best for my coin-op arcade game? Is it OK to use a rechargeable battery and what is the purpose of these batteries?

 21. Can I leave a game powered on all of the time?

 23. Are there differences between pinball game balls from different suppliers and what can this difference do to a playfield?

 25. What types and sizes of Arcade cabinets are there and does the cabinet type add or subtract from a game's worth?

  27. Flipper Bushing types demystified and flipper scrape damage caused by worn out bushings explained.

  29. Line voltage and the dangers of High Tapping an arcade's transformer.

  31. Types and photos of pinball playfield lockdown bars

  33. Why would someone wax a playfield and what wax would they use?

  35. What are some Wide Body and Standard playfield glass dimensions?

  37. How to get started constructing a new pinball.

  39. What are Flyers and where to find them?

  41. How to show and find Easter Eggs and Cows on your pinball.

  43. What is a Scoremotor and were can I find a replacement?

45. What's an Arcade Suicide Battery?
 2. How to Brighten Up Pld Gottlieb system 1 and 80 Displays.

 4. Matching Paint Colors on Pinball Side Art

 6. Wide Body Playfield Glass replacement and some playfield glass dimensions.

 8. What is the Playfield Rubber Ring replacement schedule?

 10. What are Pinball Circuit Board Capacitor Kits.

 12. Solenoid Coil Part Numbers Explained.
 See Solenoid Coil Charts

 14. How often should plastic and EM Pinball parts be greased?

 16. Why is my Coin-Op Game Resetting during game play?

 18. Why does solenoid, flasher bulbs and other high current draw components affect the five volt game logic power supply line causing game resets?

 20. What is the difference between the terms 'Shopped', 'Refurbished' or 'Restored' when referring to a game's condition?
See question 40.

22. Do all pinball games use the same size of
game ball or are there pinball specific game balls?

24. I'm confused about fuses.
How is a fuse rated and what fuse types are in Coin-Op Arcade games.

26. What are the sizes of dot matrix displays (DMD) and are there any differences between  display  manufacturers?

28. New reproduction versus old original backglass/scoreboard glass

30. What methods can be used to
fix weak or non-operating flippers?

32. Why can't Coin-Op repair shops fix
home version pinball games?

34. What kind of oil can be used on arcade game motors and pinball leg level adjusters?
See question 14 for greasing plastic parts.

36. Who are the major Pinball manufacturers in the U.S,A.? Note: The answer needs updating.

38. What is the correct pinball leg length for my game?

40. What does "Restored" mean?

 42. What is a Bowler or Bingo game and why can I not find anyone to repair or refurbish these arcades?

 44. Can a Pinball game be equipped with a smaller/larger game ball to multiply or decrease the game's playing speed?

new Qa46. What the heck is a Beer Seal and what does it do?

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