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  Coin-Op Arcade Technical, Maintenance Tips and Techniques.

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

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

select 5. Monitor Burn-In Image problems.

select7. Pinball System Board Identification and Game Name Listings Charts

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

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

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

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


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

select 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?

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

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

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

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

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

select  31. Types and photos of pinball playfield lockdown bars

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

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

select  37. How to get started constructing a new pinball.

select  39. What are Flyers and where to find them?

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

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

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

select 4. Matching Paint Colors on Pinball Side Art

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

select 8. What is the Playfield Rubber Ring replacement schedule?

select 10. What are Pinball Circuit Board Capacitor Kits.

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

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

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

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

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

select22. Do all pinball games use the same size of
game ball or are there pinball specific game balls?


select24. I'm confused about fuses.
How is a fuse rated and what fuse types are in Coin-Op Arcade games.


select26. What are the sizes of dot matrix displays (DMD) and are there any differences between  display  manufacturers?

select28. New reproduction versus old original backglass/scoreboard glass

select30. What methods can be used to
fix weak or non-operating flippers?


select32. Why can't Coin-Op repair shops fix
home version pinball games?


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

select36. Who are the major Pinball manufacturers in the U.S,A.? Note: The answer needs updating.

select38. What is the correct pinball leg length for my game?

select 40. What does "Restored" mean?

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

select  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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