Pinball 101 Videos
In this video, Brooke addresses our most common pinball question. “How do I get the glass off my pinball machine?”
After you remove the playfield glass, you can easily lift the playfield to service the machine. In this video, Brooke shows you how.
The circuit boards for the pinball machine are located behind the backglass. In order to check for loose connections, blown fuses, or to replace the batteries that save the machine’s setting, you will need to remove it. In this video, Brooke shows you how.
When you open new Stern pinball machine, it is set to take coins. If you want to switch it to Free Play, follow the instructions on this video.
It is common for slingshots to need adjustment. Sometimes they fire on their own or not at all. The two metal leaf switches are easy to adjust.
If you suspect a solenoid is not functioning, this video with show you how to test them.
We frequently get emailed or called about a strange noise from a Stern pinball machine. We immediately know what it is and the noise is completely normal (or intended to be normal). Stern machines do not use a mechanical knocker that hits the side of the cabinet. Instead it is a loud “squelch” that indicates you have won a free game. Follow the instructions in this video to set the volume to low or turn the sound off.
This video shows how to access the audits and adjustments menu on a Williams System 11 pinball machine. You can change many of the settings there including setting the machine to Free Play.
This video shows how a ball trough switch works.