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hobbytown PA troubleshooting

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hobbytown PA troubleshooting
Posted by LEOFUTURE on Thursday, June 07, 2018 7:26 AM

I have a hobbytown PA unit with Pittman motor, it goes fine forward but often have difficulty going reverse, it looks like the motor has much more resistance in reverse compared to forward. it's noisy in both directions. I tried the following but didn't solve it, I'd appreaciate pointers for fixing this problem.

 

I took off the gear tower, the motor seems to spin freely in both directions.

With the gear tower off, I slide the loco on track, it moves freely in both directions. It does not seem to have much binding.

 

So I am at lost, I'd really appreaciate some help, thanks!

 

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Posted by mbinsewi on Thursday, June 07, 2018 7:57 AM

Darth Santa Fe, a member in here, is great with HobbyTown drives.  Maybe he'll see your post.

Mike.

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Posted by SouthPenn on Thursday, June 07, 2018 8:43 AM

You could try contacting Hobbytown.

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Posted by 7j43k on Thursday, June 07, 2018 11:28 AM

I had a similar problem with a Hobbytown drive.  I found that this particular one cared very much which wheelset was in which position.  Just re-arranging the positions cleared it up.  Or caused it.  I couldn't find anything different to my eyes, though.

Also, the gear tower has to be dead square with the truck body.

 

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Posted by j. c. on Thursday, June 07, 2018 12:52 PM

is this a newer one or the old one ?

 

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Posted by LEOFUTURE on Thursday, June 07, 2018 12:56 PM

old

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Posted by j. c. on Friday, June 08, 2018 1:54 AM

check the axle grears for a bur , had one old pa that did that i run it with some fine grit valve laping compound till it ran smouth both ways then cleaned it good .

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