Mr. Pinball Tip:

Sometimes a capacitor that should be good, just won't take a charge, or does so slowly. If a capacitor has been idle for some time, it can act this way. Sometimes it needs a jump (like capacitor in parallel), a prime, or high voltage to wake up, and then will function properly. The capacitor acts as if it has some sort of internal corrosion that needs to be burned off. Do not exceed the voltage rating of the capacitor when doing this or you may permanently damage the capacitor. Also be sure to observe polarity when applying a capacitor.

For example, the large capacitor (C23) on a Bally Voltage Regulator/Solenoid Driver board was okay, but wouldn't pull the voltage up high enough. Jumping with an identical capacitor in parallel at the board level didn't work, but jumping at the bridge rectifier (BR2) did the trick.
Tip Archive

New tips are welcome and encouraged. Tips will be credited to those who contribute. If you would like to submit a tip click here.

For more information you may contact us by email, email form, or by phone at (801) 277-0888.
Go to: Home page, Photo Gallery, Classified Ads, Repair Tip of the Day, The Pinball Collector Register, Advertisers List, Site Map
© Copyright Mr. Pinball 2021. All Rights Reserved.