The "Goalie" mechanism on the upper playfield of Soccer Kings is a simple design, using just two solenoids and a spring to allow for the game to have a semi-random attempt to block player shots on the goal. Unfortunately, the centering spring is usually broken, so the mechanism lists to one side. Here's how to fix it permanently.
|Here is the back side of the mechanism. On this one, the original centering spring is still present, but is broken, so the mechansim flops over to one side.|
|Start by disassembling the mechanism. Mark the backing plate 3/8" from the outer edge, and 1 1/2" down from the top.|
|Centre punch and drill two 11/64" holes. These mounting holes should be in line with the pin on the back side of the moving part of the assembly (1 1/2" down from the top) and far enough out to the sides (3/8" from the edges) to allow room to work, but the exact location is not critical.|
|From the hardware store, obtain:
|Assemble the mechanism. The screw and lock washer go on the front side (where the moving arm is).|
|Then the spacer, spring, and nut go on the back side. Tighten the nut enough to hold the spring in place.|
Test your modified mechanism by hand. The moving arm should be relatively easy to move to the side, and should then return to the centre by itself.
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