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    What methods do you all employ to reduce or limit the oild drip down the front of the curtain. We wipe where the drips come from often but every now and then there is one that slips on down. I have been thinking about folding a rag over the top of the curtain rod and clipping it in place. Just wondered what others had been doing. Thanks for reading my post.
    Howard

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    Re: oil drip down the front of pit curtain

    We use tampons in the drip pans. Works but once its soaked you have to repalce it.

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      Re: oil drip down the front of pit curtain

      Without sounding too direct, I would fix the problem that's causing the drip. Ican say this because I still have a few machines that need attention myself. I am sure everyone else here does the same thing as this is how it was when I got the place. We clean out the drip pans every year and place tampons in them which catch most of the oil from regular maintenance.


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      • #4
        Re: oil drip down the front of pit curtain

        I tried shop rags too but they just end up in the turn pan in an hour or two. Then I tried velcroing big black towels to the top of the curtain, but that started to rot the top of the curtain with all that oil just sitting being absorbed by the curtain. Now all I do is place a maxi pad in the oil drip pan and that pretty much takes care of the problem. Those babies hold almost a quart of oil. Don't have to changed them for six months.
        john b
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        John B
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        • #5
          Re: oil drip down the front of pit curtain

          FIX IT WITH K O T E X !!!!!!!!

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          • #6
            Re: oil drip down the front of pit curtain

            I'm going to have to agree with the Drillman! Fix the leak first. Nothing is worse than seeing a shinny streak of oil on the front of a curtain. Line the drip pan with a Kotex, but get that leak fixed. BTW, are you replacing the gearbox oil in those that leak? It's been a few years since I have worked on these machines, but I remember there being an oil that has some leak stoppers in it. Am I correct in thinking this? Let me know everyone.

            Dennis G.

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            • #7
              Re: oil drip down the front of pit curtain

              Thanks for all the great ideas. Our oil pans are cleaned regularly. The drip seems to come from one of the two big shaft/frame that goes across the pinsetter above the pit. That trangle by the counter microswitch always seems to have a drip on it. I thought about the velcro and the towel idea and am glad I asked before we tried it.
              Howard

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              • #8
                Re: oil drip down the front of pit curtain

                If it drips on the front twords the pin deck there isn't much you can do,i get drips on the curtain from oiling the detectors,rake cam arm pivots.,if it's twords the rear of the curtain use the larger drip pans that catch more oil drips,they have glass jars on them and you simply unscrew the jars and empty it.
                BTW,Brunswick say's you can add one(1)ounce of transmission conditioner to the gearbox to help soften the seals up w/o hurting anything.,never tried that myself.
                Oil drips can be a bother but since i'm usually checking things bi-weekly around the pin deck area i just wipe off the drips.

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                • #9
                  Re: oil drip down the front of pit curtain

                  No machine should drip oil...boy, am I one to talk. Half of my machines still have at least one leak. But we are getting rid of them. One at a time. If you have drips due to heavy lubrication during PM...cut back on the amount you are applying or wipe away the excess before it drips. Drips on curtains will eventually destroy the curtain and will begin to give you scoring errors.

                  Drips from the gear box can usually be traced back to a loose cover assy bolt. Check the bolts that hold the cover assys on to be sure they are tight and be sure they have a copper gasket between them and the cover assy. I have had good luck stopping leaks by tightening the bolts and waiting to see if that stopped the leak. If it didn't, I change all the copper gaskets (one at a time) on the cover assy. The other cause of leaks are seals that have worn...and they are a whole other story. Alot of work to do them by replacing. I might even try that tranny seal idea before changing another 2:1 shaft seal. Maybe...

                  Good luck...
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                  • #10
                    Re: oil drip down the front of pit curtain

                    Also what causes oil to accumelate on your deck shafts is oil running down your electrical cords that go to your deckjam switch and counter. PJ
                    I'm going fishing and camping!

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                    • #11
                      Re: oil drip down the front of pit curtain

                      PJ...were does that oil come from??
                      TSM & TSM Training Development
                      Main Event Entertainment
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                      • #12
                        Re: oil drip down the front of pit curtain

                        From the gear box if your cables are routed between the gear box and the drip pan. PJ
                        I'm going fishing and camping!

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                        • #13
                          Re: oil drip down the front of pit curtain

                          JEBEES:
                          Probably from the oil store.
                          Your next question?
                          LMAO.
                          Roscoe
                          rfm

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                            Re: oil drip down the front of pit curtain

                            Well we have the same oil leak problem here what we did was instead of using 10w30oil we use 80w90 gear oil which works better the 10w30 and its thicker it slows some of the leaking but its best to fix the problem.
                            If it's meant to move use WD-40 ..... If it's meant to stay USE ALOT OF DUCT TAPE :P

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                            • #15
                              Re: oil drip down the front of pit curtain

                              If you got a substrantial amount of oil dripping on the curtain chances are that you're P.M. is part of the cause, more than likely, I agree with the others a bad seal on the 2:1 is the culprit. Just a suggestion, you may try to regulate you're leaks and oil condition is to convert the oil pan to hold a small jar (fishing bait 4oz. Drill a small holethrough the oil pan at its lowest point, where the oil collects do the same for the lid on the bottle. Use T-Nuts (flat washer with an extended threaded end and thread one into the oil pan and one into the bottle cap until the cap is tight against the pan. You can use a rubber seal if a leak develops). Once the above is done screw the bottle onto the cap with the pan in place. Advantage of doing this is, you'll quickly find out if you have g-box seal problems and you can empty the pan quickly having a sample of mostly, g-box oil to inspect for possible developing problems.

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