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SSD - Some newbie help please

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total newbie to this so please excuse the questions if they seem elementary. Saw a video on youtube and thought it was really cool so I did what any calm, rational, thinking middle aged man would do.. I rushed out and bought a SSD system.. bought it second hand though but at a really good price.. I just have some questions :

1) I have the 4 car power pack and after a few minutes of playing the cars stop and the green light on the power pack flashes. If I remove power and reinsert then I'm ok for another few minutes until it does the same thing again ?

2) The straight lane change track seems not to work. I press the lane change button on the control just before passing over the sensor but the lane does not react. If I try to move it by hand to feels pretty stiff.. Is there something I could try or is this throw away and buy new ? The curved one works just fine

3) Is there any way around the annoying fact that those pieces on the lane change tracks are plastic and as such cause the cars to stop as they lose contact with the track

4) I have some funny shaped flat grey plastic pieces with little slots in their edges. They're obviously meant to slot into the track somewhere but cannot figure out where ?

5) An extra that was thrown into the sale is the sport pack .. how does this fit into the scheme of things.

please see here for pics

the power pack , sport pack , faulty lane changer and mystery "spare parts" are shown here.

Appreciate any help
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1) that's either an overload or a brown out. either way, you're running too many cars, or too much magnets in your cars, for the base and power supply to handle it.

2) See if you can figure out what's keeping it from moving. You might need to take it apart underneath, but it's not terribly complicated under there. Look for gunk, glue, rust, or even broken wires or things stuck places they don't look like they should be. Clean things up so that the flippers can move freely when it's all put together, and try again.

3) not really. stopping on dead spots is usually a problem of too strong magnets that bog down the car, and people still learning how to driver properly. If the car is too stuck down, then it will be hard to drive smoothly, and will stick and stop at dead spots like that. Open the cars up and see if they have more than one magnet. If so, take one out.

4) the gray things are supports for banked curves.

5) that's the Sport World control center. It was pretty cool in it's time, but it's for analog car control.

BTW, The 4 car base is carp. If you like digital, get the new 6 car base.
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Oh yeah, there are lots of things that can cause a base to trip. It might be that the track just needs a good hoovering and fresh braids put on the cars.
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