why is my lionel 4-4-2 not going foward, but only going backwards.

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why is my lionel 4-4-2 not going foward, but only going backwards.
Posted by SteamPowered3251 on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 7:46 PM

My lionel conventional 4-4-2 is not working properly, where it is only going backwards, and 4 times neutral. If someone could tell me how to fix it, that would be awesome 

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Posted by sir james I on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 9:21 AM

Is the reverse switch on? The only other thing that comes to mind is the e-unit board.

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Posted by ADCX Rob on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 9:50 AM

Try turning off the smoke switch.

If that doesn't work, you have failed triacs on the reverse unit. You can replace them, or the whole reverse unit(about $17).

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Posted by SteamPowered3251 on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:04 AM

Well I tried the reverse switch, I do think I might have damage e unit when I once accidentally placed it on my mth layout with power( using dcs) ( I am so stupid) I tried taking the e unit out but it wouldn't come out, I have to keep in mind that my 4-4-2 is from the 80s.

 

 

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Posted by SteamPowered3251 on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:07 AM

Mine doesn't have a smoke switch, mine is an old model from the old new York central flyer set from the 80s. It does have a direction switch but I tried it already

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Posted by lionelsoni on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 9:59 PM

If it has an electromechanical e-unit, one of the fingers is probably not making contact with the drum.

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Posted by SteamPowered3251 on Thursday, March 01, 2018 11:34 AM

Well I opened it and it seemed like everything was touching each other. I have noticed that if I push on the cab in the second neutral state it will start to move forward, but it makes a terrible noise.

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Posted by Boyd on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 12:40 AM

If it’s a “can motor“ type 4-4-2 the circuit board should be easy to remove. I have had about 10 of these can motor 4-4-2 steamers. Some have 1 switch and others have 2 switches. 2 switches would control, 1. the reverse unit and, 2. turn the smoke on or off. 

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Posted by EIS2 on Saturday, March 10, 2018 1:51 PM

SteamPowered3251

Well I opened it and it seemed like everything was touching each other. I have noticed that if I push on the cab in the second neutral state it will start to move forward, but it makes a terrible noise.

 

If it tries to move forward, the e-unit is probably OK.  Sounds like a mechanical problem.  Check the side rods for binding and the gearing for excessive play.

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Posted by KRM on Saturday, March 10, 2018 5:39 PM

I would ask what the Lionel number is, then if it is a can motor. I have had several that would do the same thing when the motor fried. I wasted money on a new electronic e-unit first before I figured it out. Bang Head

 

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Posted by SteamPowered3251 on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 9:50 AM

I'm not sure how to take the motor out to replace it.

 

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Posted by TrainLarry on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:27 AM

What is the number on the locomotive?

 

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Posted by SteamPowered3251 on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 10:29 AM

8632

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Posted by Jim Dauphinais on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 11:21 PM

Your locomotive is not from the 80s.

It is a Lionel Trains, Inc. 4-4-2 that was included in the New York Central Flyer sets in the mid-1990s.  My son's set from 1995 (Lionel 6-11735) has the same locomotive.

It has a DC can motor, an electronic E-unit and a smoke unit.  It does not have a switch to shut the smoke off.  It only has a switch to lock the electronic E-unit in forward or reverse.

In 1997 I replaced the motor in my son's locomotive after the motor was damaged through overheating.  I was able to order the replacement motor from Lionel, LLC.  Replacement does involve soldering.  However, the good news is that, with the new motor, the locomotive has continued to run fine to this day.

I still have the packing slip.  The Part Number was 6-00-8008-105 (DC motor and Pinion Assembly).

This all said, if the locomotive is moving forward, but making a lot of noise, it sounds like a mechanical problem as others have indicated.   As noted by others, check the side rods for binding and the gearing for excessive play.  Also, you should be able to manually push the locomotive back and forth on the track.  The wheels and siderods should all easily move when doing this.  If not, you definitely have a mechanical problem.

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Posted by Jim Dauphinais on Thursday, March 29, 2018 12:00 AM
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Posted by KRM on Saturday, March 31, 2018 10:25 AM

Jim Dauphinais

The bad deal here is it shows the motor as unavailable. Maybe give Jeff an e-mail or call at The train Tender to see if it has been replaced with a new number.

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