Hi all, wanted to share with all of you a problem that I had and how I fixed it.. not the ideal solution but.. ehh what are you going to do.
I ordered a Ten Wheeler from the most recent catalog and it was shorting out. Called the dealer to see if they had any ideas and they told me they weren't a Lionel service center and to call one. Sat on hold with Lionel for 20 minutes and I didn't want to go through the hassle of shipping things back and forth so I took a look.
When I flipped it over, I saw the the collector plate was crooked. It had a lot of play in it, so I unscrewed the plate, straightened it and then screwed it back down. Ran it some more, same thing, cockeyed to the one side and shorting immediately. Tried some electrical tape to preventing ground to the frame and no go. Pulled it out again, the little plastic plate "nub" wasn't catching the nut underneath and was allowing it to move. Picture below to show how crooked it would get.
I took a little bit of hot glue, put it around the outside of the plastic catch, then pushed it back on, and screwed it down. It hasn't moved since. (Sorry didn't have my phone near me when I was doing this so I don't have a picture.. and well hot glue dries fast.) I figured hot glue would be good to use since it is easy enough to pull off if I ever need and and would help fill in any spaces.
Just a heads up in case anyone else runs into this. I mean, a lot of money to have to fix something hot glue but I figure 50ish bucks of shipping back and forth was worth the couple pennys of glue.