Problems with new Piko throttle

bhoran

bhoran

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Recently upgraded to a new Piko analog throttle (35002). Cleaned my brass track and was up and running generally ok. Had a derailment and then it stopped working. I realized the red led was blinking which supposedly indicates a short or overload. I reset and the loco went a short way then stopped- same issue. Then every time I reset and tried again it would immediately trip. Hooked up my old Pino throttle which has no breaker and it works fine. Any ideas? Thanks!
 
Gardenbahner

Gardenbahner

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What power supply are you using?
 
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phils2um

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Check the owners manual if you haven't. There may be some secret to getting it to completely reset.
 
Greg Elmassian

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If the train runs a bit and then trips the breaker, it's not generally a good idea to keep doing it, eventually something will get hot and could be damaged.

Since he reset the breaker (supposedly in the throttle) and it ran again, I doubt there is any other way to reset... this is just a simple analog throttle.

You should investigate what is wrong.


Greg
 
ARIA31

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If you have switches on your circuit , I sugest you check the electrical railroad circuits.

I have the same analog throttle which encounter the same sign (red light) when I run some of my electrically driven switches.
I was not able to identify the root cause until now. (Possibly I have switches configuration which lead to a short)
In you case you have possibly the same issue but not random as in my circuit.
 
LGB333

LGB333

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Recently upgraded to a new Piko analog throttle (35002). Cleaned my brass track and was up and running generally ok. Had a derailment and then it stopped working. I realized the red led was blinking which supposedly indicates a short or overload. I reset and the loco went a short way then stopped- same issue. Then every time I reset and tried again it would immediately trip. Hooked up my old Pino throttle which has no breaker and it works fine. Any ideas? Thanks!
Test the loco for possible short inside:
1. Remove the power cable from the track but still connected to your Piko unit;
2. Turn the loco upside down, wedge it between a couple pillows;
3. Turn on the power to about 5 volts and hold the ends of the two cables to the first set of wheels, then the electrical slider shoes, and then the other set of wheels..........do this each set to see if the motor works. Let it run a few minutes on each wheel set and slide shoes set to see if you get a motor stoppage, or no motor movement. If you find an issue, then it's a strong possibility you've got a short inside the motor block that needs to be fixed........could even be the motor.

Are you using the Piko 35024 Transformer 120V / 24V / 5A that's made to be used with the Piko 35002 Throttle? If you're using some power supply device, its specifications could be causing the problem. If you are using the associated Piko power supply, and if you loco doesn't have a short, the problem could be your Piko Throttle and/Piko Supply........which would seem unlikely. But if you want to get further technical advice regarding your issue, you can contact Piko of America, San Diego CA:
Phone: 619-280-2800
Toll-Free: 877-678-4449
Fax: 619-280-2843
info@piko-america.com
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM Pacific