I need some advice/help regarding a Lionel product.
I purchased a LC+ ATSF Mikado Steamer earlier this year.
With in the first week the smoke unit quit. I sent it back to retailer and it was returned. In the first foot of running it died-smell of burnt electronics. Called Lionel and got an RA, and sent it back on my dime (almost 300 dimes to be exact). Said they replaced the board.
It was returned to Lionel and died again within a few days. Called and got another RA, this time with a UPS label included (their dime) Came back, said they replaced board and and ran it for an hour. If has worked fine for the last month.
Tonight, it was running fine for about 10 minutes and then I heard a strange noise from the speaker, and all sound stopped. No chuff, no bell, no whistle, no crew talk, no beeping when turned on without remote. Toggled power on and off, still the same. Moved the chuff switched back and forth. I cleaned the draw-bar contacts just to make sure. It runs, the front light and fire light work, it smokes and the couple works, but the sound part is dead, dead.
I am using a MTH Z1000, and have it turned down to 16-17 volts (panel meter installed so I can monitor. Played around with voltage, but no change. I disassembled the tender to make sure speaker was still connected. No problem there it seems. Since it has been apart so often I also took a look at what I think is board connection to the speaker. It wasn't loose and seems to make contact.
1. Am I doing something wrong? My other Lc+ and LC RTR work just fine.
2. I do detect a distinct electronics burn smell again, but not sure if it is a leftover from the past incidents, or whether it is something new. If it is the board, what would cause it to fry again?
3. At this point, would it be unreasonable to ask for complete replacement? I guess a forth repair incident this year tells me I have a lemon? The shipping box is slowly becoming more tape than cardboard.
4. Maybe some of you have had similar, repeat issues on a Lionel product. How did you handle?
Thanks in advance for you advice/suggestions.
Frustrated in Topeka, KS.