Stuck Ball

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When playing pinball there are moments when the ball itself can become stuck on the playfield.  This is referred to as a stuck ball.  The pinball machine will try to free the ball if it notices that no switches are hit in a particular period of time.  The machine will perform a ball search by causing the solenoids to fire and moving the pinball mechanisms in order to free the ball.  If this doesn’t work pinball machines are often programmed to also put a new ball in the shooter lane for the player to be able to continue play.

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