Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 24

Thread: Pokie reels not spinning

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    State
    Sydney
    Posts
    485
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Quoted
    29 Post(s)

    Pokie reels not spinning

    I'm guessing this will be a pretty dumb question but can anyone help. I've got 2 mechanical pokies that have been sitting around. I tried them last night and both have the same problem - pull the handle and the reels barely spin. Any advice on fixing this?

    Sent from my CPH1701 using Aussie Arcade mobile app
    Wanted: Aquarius backglass, any Gottlieb EM bits and pieces - nothing is junk to me

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    State
    Geelong
    Posts
    2,406
    Mentioned
    176 Post(s)
    Quoted
    469 Post(s)
    Dried up oil. Depending on machine some you can pull the handle till just before it releases then manually spin the reels to free them up


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    State
    Barden Ridge NSW
    Posts
    3,591
    Mentioned
    182 Post(s)
    Quoted
    1305 Post(s)
    Yer, it will be old solidified grease in the wheel mechs. Work the machine as you have been doing with the tray that holds the machine inside the cabinet in the out position, (they usually have a knurled bolt holding them in the closed position so you need to remove that allowing the tray to pull out). Just make sure the tray can slide out on a secure surface or the machine will tip over potentially crushing you.
    Work the mech as you have been doing but this time now that you can see the back, you will notice a number of spring loaded fingers that slide down engaging the gears on each wheel to start the wheels spinning. Inside the gears there is grease. Clean it out and apply new grease. The problem should be gone.
    If you use degreaser, be very careful not to get it on the wheel faces as you will "never" get it off them.
    Just manually scrapping out the majority and replacing it with new lithium grease is usually all that is required.

    If the time the reels spin is to short, you will notice something that looks like a gyroscope. This is the timing mechanism that determines the wheel spin time duration. Again, clean out the old grease and put in new thinner grease and this will have it spinning much faster and for longer.
    This will make the reels spin for longer before they are allowed to stop.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    State
    Wimmera, Victoria
    Posts
    7,042
    Mentioned
    120 Post(s)
    Quoted
    1993 Post(s)
    Easy to fix engine de-greaser, water rinse & warm air dry, then re-oil with machine oil. DO NOT USE GREASE ON THE REELS.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    My pins: Wild life, Top Score, Space Mission, Target Alpha, Cleopatra, Pin*Bot, Black~Rose & Wizard of Oz, LE No.#53
    My Arcades: Funland Rifle EM, Hankin Table 20", Mame 20" Horizontal Cab, 17 in 1 Horizontal 20" cab, Outrun2 sit down game, Foosball table & a Pokie.

    Have owned:
    Lost World, Magic Castle, Elektra, Indiana Jones.


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    State
    Illawarra NSW
    Posts
    7,583
    Mentioned
    128 Post(s)
    Quoted
    1701 Post(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini2544 View Post
    Easy to fix engine de-greaser, water rinse & warm air dry, then re-oil with machine oil. DO NOT USE GREASE ON THE REELS.
    thats a neat looking bandit. How does the jackpot reels in the top box work?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    State
    Morwell, Victoria
    Posts
    2,732
    Mentioned
    43 Post(s)
    Quoted
    926 Post(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by rod71 View Post
    thats a neat looking bandit. How does the jackpot reels in the top box work?
    Iím pretty sure that they are manually set by the operator


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    Putting out the feelers for my next early Gotlieb project

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    State
    Wimmera, Victoria
    Posts
    7,042
    Mentioned
    120 Post(s)
    Quoted
    1993 Post(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by rod71 View Post
    thats a neat looking bandit. How does the jackpot reels in the top box work?
    Alternates 1 cent for every 10 cents pulled. Controlled by a simple relay PCB.
    My pins: Wild life, Top Score, Space Mission, Target Alpha, Cleopatra, Pin*Bot, Black~Rose & Wizard of Oz, LE No.#53
    My Arcades: Funland Rifle EM, Hankin Table 20", Mame 20" Horizontal Cab, 17 in 1 Horizontal 20" cab, Outrun2 sit down game, Foosball table & a Pokie.

    Have owned:
    Lost World, Magic Castle, Elektra, Indiana Jones.


  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    State
    SA
    Posts
    2,847
    Mentioned
    90 Post(s)
    Quoted
    815 Post(s)
    About 3 cans of Yield will do it.
    After that a bit of a spray with Lanolin will help stop the yield drying out, and yes heaps of working the mechs

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    State
    Wimmera, Victoria
    Posts
    7,042
    Mentioned
    120 Post(s)
    Quoted
    1993 Post(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Rob1966 View Post
    Iím pretty sure that they are manually set by the operator
    Nup! it's more or less just a counter. 1 cent for every 10 cent pull.
    My pins: Wild life, Top Score, Space Mission, Target Alpha, Cleopatra, Pin*Bot, Black~Rose & Wizard of Oz, LE No.#53
    My Arcades: Funland Rifle EM, Hankin Table 20", Mame 20" Horizontal Cab, 17 in 1 Horizontal 20" cab, Outrun2 sit down game, Foosball table & a Pokie.

    Have owned:
    Lost World, Magic Castle, Elektra, Indiana Jones.


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    State
    SA
    Posts
    551
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Quoted
    177 Post(s)
    Inox spray can fixes everything

    Sent from my GT-I9305T using Tapatalk

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Who Dunnit reels
    By greydog in forum Pinball Technical and Repair Questions
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 17th October 2018, 06:13 AM
  2. score reels go beserk
    By bossninja17 in forum Pinball Repair Logs
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 18th November 2007, 11:15 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •