Most Williams electronic pinballs suffer from extremely weak flippers,
particularly Black Knight and similar games. This is due to wear in
the flipper linkages, and can be corrected easily. On early Williams
electronics, raise the playfield (with the power OFF) and locate the flipper
assemblies. Attached to the flipper shaft and the flipper itself is a
bakelite disc. Hold the disc in the "at rest" position, while with the
other hand you attempt to move the metal rod into the coil. You don't want
to find any play here at all. If you do, you'll have to replace the
bakelite link and shaft. For Black Knight on, you can use the same
link that is used on a Fish Tales, Addams Family, etc. They
are available as an assembly, and all you need do is remove the small metal
piece on the crank arm that the spring would attach to on a new game. With
these modifications you won't believe how good a Williams game can play.
New tips are welcome and encouraged. Tips will be credited to those who
contribute. If you would like to submit a tip click
For more information you may contact us by email, email form, or by phone at (801) 277-0888.