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Just recieved a NIB 10 years old M&M's EP5 engine 30,5221-1.  Horn seems to sound a little garbled, but since i never heard the horn when it was first built, not sure if its bad.. so i charged the engine using the transformer with the engine in neutral.  After the charge the engine sounded better, and was more responsive, but I cannot get to accept commands from a  DCS Remote Commander.  I have power to the track and when i push any of the buttons on the remote the green light on the module flashes, but nothing happens.  So i checked the Remote commander on another engine and it works fine.

I tried the reset using the SND, DIR, and --  buttons on the remote,  but does not work.  I also tried reset using the buttons on a Zcontroller.

Could it be a battery that seems to be refusing a full charge ???

Thanks..

"So Many Issues, So Little Time"

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Hi would suggest you do not power it up or you might blow the amp ic, you most probably need a new speaker 4 ohm 50 mm depending which engine you have! take the engine apart and inspect the speaker magnet if you see flaking the speaker is definitely bad and if the coil wire inside the speaker grounds out to the metal frame you  will damage the audio amp IC.

Alan

Weak battery on PS-2 3V usually results in half volume.  Apply power and let it start up.  Turn power off and see if it plays shutdown sounds fully.  If it does battery is ok, but depending on when it was replaced if ever, it may need a new one at some point.

What Dave said for your Remote CDR.

If sounds are garbled, then the speaker does need to be looked at.  The older 5V 16 ohm star speakers where the ones that degraded, but some of the STAR 4 ohms also had some problems.  G

@Alan Mancus posted:

Hi would suggest you do not power it up or you might blow the amp ic, you most probably need a new speaker 4 ohm 50 mm depending which engine you have! take the engine apart and inspect the speaker magnet if you see flaking the speaker is definitely bad and if the coil wire inside the speaker grounds out to the metal frame you  will damage the audio amp IC.

Ala

Ok, I have already powered it up and the voices announcments sound just ok, the horn sounds a little rough, but since i have not heard this engine when it was new, i dont have a reference. I will however check the speaker for flaking.

@GGG posted:

Weak battery on PS-2 3V usually results in half volume.  Apply power and let it start up.  Turn power off and see if it plays shutdown sounds fully.  If it does battery is ok, but depending on when it was replaced if ever, it may need a new one at some point.

What Dave said for your Remote CDR.

If sounds are garbled, then the speaker does need to be looked at.  The older 5V 16 ohm star speakers where the ones that degraded, but some of the STAR 4 ohms also had some problems.  G

HI, thanks for the info.  IF i need to replace the speaker what do you suggest, are the speakers for this application all 5V 16Ohms, what about the wattage??

Thanks,

Ok, have another question which may be obvious, but not to me.

I read the instructions for charging the PS2 3 volt battery using a transformer, and it says to charge the battery with the engine in neutral.... does that mean with the engine powered on and at idle on the track, or with the engine sitting on the track with just power to the track??? 

Thanks.

Gentlemen, thanks, but being from Kentucky maybe i did not phase the question correctly.  I have two options.

1. Put the engine on the track, and turn on track power, but not turn on the engine.  Will this charge the battery, or

2.  Do i have to power up the engine with engine running and in neutral to charge the battery.

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