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Old 02-23-2015, 10:00 AM #1
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Geo 3.1 solenoid issue...

I'm having trouble... I have a 3.1, and I'm having major problems with the solenoid. When I gas the gun up and try to fire it, the first 5-6 shots do not fire. I don't think It's bolt stick because I dont here any puffing, just the "clink" of the solenoid. Usually after 5-6 shots, it starts to puff and then finally shoot. I changed the battery (twice), set the solenoid power to high, and opened the sfr all the way. Once the gun gets shooting, it shoots fine, but once I stop, if I wait more than a few seconds, the process repeats. Like I said I don't think it is pure bolt stick, it's almost like the driver coil is sticking in the solenoid. Anyone else have this problem?
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:29 AM #2
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Nobody? I'm without a gun until I get this figured out...
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:06 AM #3
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some 3.1s and early 3.5s came with weak solenoids
Just contact plane eclipse and they will send you a new solenoid that has been tested for this specific issue
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:04 PM #4
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Huh, I've never heard that. I contacted Gerry at PE, but I think he may be at PBE
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Old 02-26-2015, 04:44 AM #5
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Try and reset your board aswell as use a fresh and quality brand battery.
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Old 02-26-2015, 06:18 AM #6
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^^ make sure your prop shaft o ring is correctly sized and your dwell is high enough. Call their service center and leave Jerry a message. They're pretty good at getting back to people.
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:54 AM #7
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Gerry is actually away this week dealing with a family emergency. Hopefully he will be back in the office on Friday.

It does sound like you need a new solenoid. We will get that taken care of for you as soon as Gerry is back and the other guys are back from PBE.

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Old 02-26-2015, 09:20 AM #8
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Perfect, thanks Jack! Will Gerry contact me or should I reach out to him again on Friday (3/6)?
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Old 02-26-2015, 09:36 AM #9
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Jack, is there a particular batch or series of serial numbers that are known to be defective?

I have a 3.1 and had a similar issue to this a couple of weeks ago. Next time I aired up, about a week later, it seemed to be working normally. I didn't get a chance to play or anything, I just wanted to check for the problem before draining my tank.

Now I'm scared.
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Old 03-02-2015, 08:28 AM #10
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Hi,
No, there is no specific batch that this effects. We have to do additional screening to all MAC solenoid for now until they isolate the issue. It's a real PITA from our point of view, and made even worse because it effects our customer, which we hate!!
A good battery will always limit the possible occurance of this issue, as will warmer weather. The warmer it is the, the less likely this is to occur. Finally, the good news is that solenoids will only get better, not worse. So it is possible that your solenoid may never do it again. The more it is shot or cycled, the more reliable it will become from this issue.

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Old 03-09-2015, 01:33 PM #11
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Huh, interesting... How does the reliability increase? I mean, if there is a problem with the coil, how does it just "get better"? I'm curious as an engineer more so than as a paintball player now.
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