Aristocrat Starlite - won’t payout

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Aristocrat Starlite - won’t payout

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Hello
This is my first ever machine and I fear I may have been duped. It was sold as working but it doesn’t look like it will pay out. It is full of coins and to be honest I am not sure where to start. Does the bit in the photo look broken to you?
The wheels turn when a coin is added and as the coin stack is full it falls in to the machine as expected so it partly works
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Yes you can see a broken slide, I have never had this happen before on an aristocrat. Also did you remove the screws from the slide cover plate, as with loose and missing screws the slides will lift up out of the cradle, which will cause payout issues. The slides look in the wrong order as well, the one above the broken one should be at the top.

I think you need to take off the coin tube and remove the slides for inspection, check for breaks and check springs. Take a picture and share so we can advice |/XX\|
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Thank you - I really appreciate your help - I will try and do that as soon as I can and post some more photos.
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I’ve managed to take it apart and there are a number of missing springs. However the very bottom slide spring was intact and I would have expected some movement in that one but it takes more force than I would expect to move the lever which has to move to the side in order to release it. I’ve taken some photos and would welcome any advice. The broken slide is only a bit broken so I hope it is ok.
I will need some more springs - can anyone advise the best place to get those as well please?
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I can see why that slide was broken, there are screwholes in the top three slides, usually done to restrict payout to 10 coins and someone has removed the screws. The break may not affect play as long as it runs smoothly in the cradle.

Springs come up for sale occasionally on eBay and on Colcon auction site or try looking at the Archive/Services on here, there are a couple of spring suppliers.

The horizontal fingers should all move freely, if not look at what is blocking them
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If you were trying to move the horizontal fingers out to release the slides while the machine was at rest then it would have been very hard to do.
This is because the weight of the slides would be sitting heavily on them.
They only move allowing the slides to retract during the cycle.

If you haven't found it yet we have a section on the forum dedicated to Tips for Beginners which explains how to stop the mech mid cycle in order to check (amongst other things) slide behaviour
Access it here

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BP beat me to it on the fact that the fingers holding the slides shouldn't move when the machine is at rest, so you have no problem there.

It looks like water has got on the slides at some time and caused rust on the bottom master slide. This will not be helping matters. Clean it all off with fine wire wool and some form of dirt remover but remember NEVER oil the slides or any part that touches a coin.

The correct springs are preferable for sure but boxes of mixed springs are available on Ebay very cheap and these will do a temp job so you can get the machine working. In fact, you are NOT missing any springs. As mentioned earlier, three of these slides were joined together to adjust the payout, so one spring would have pulled all three back (although it's usual to add more springs, in this case, to even the load).

Once we can see the award card on the machine we can conform the payouts compared with the slides.

Be sure to remove and clean the large bottom slide and the base under it.
Unless you paid a lot of money for this machine you have not been duped, Aristos are pretty much indestructible and it will come back to life with some care and attention. Can we see a photo of the machine please? It will help us get our heads around the problems.
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Thank you for your help. I now understand why it was so stiff.
I have taken some photos. I will go through the link and come back once I have sorted the slides. They clearly need a good clean and polish and some springs. The timing appears to work ok and I have just successfully managed to make it give out a low payout by stopping the clock and then lining up the outer set of holes for the fingers.
It is however evident that this doesn’t align with what is on the wheels and that the LH wheel is slightly out compared to the other two. I have tried to take a photo to show the issue. A number of the plastic teeth on the brake cogs are broken off too but I don’t think this is the problem
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I thought I should post a couple more photos as I think my primary problem is the alignment of the discs on the end which the fingers go in to.
It seems the LH wheel (RH disc) is out of alignment with the other 2 so a winning alignment can’t happen as the fingers can’t poke through the 3 discs as the outer one isn’t aligned with the other 2.
Could someone advise me please as to how to adjust it. It looks like it has been knocked at some point.
Thank you all so much for your help.
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You're right it looks well out.
Show us the reel stop sitting in the star wheel of the first reel. It may be that the arm is bent, so is engaging at an angle.

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