The following websites include pinball machine repair and maintenance guides, buying and selling advice, community forums, reference material, and replacement parts suppliers. The list of parts suppliers is geared towards Australian pinball owners, as it can be difficult and expensive for us to buy parts from the most popular parts suppliers in the United States. Therefore, a lot of the largest, US-based pinball companies are not listed here in favour of local suppliers.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and appearance of a supplier on this list is not an endorsement of their products; the list is provided for informational purposes only.
This is the most useful search feature you'll ever know of, and should be your first port of call when searching for somewhere to buy a specific part. This search engine allows you to search multiple pinball suppliers at once, instead of laboriously going to each of their websites and searching manually. Searching is best done using part numbers instead of part names, and the search can include typical search operators (for example, entering "site:.au" after the part number will list only Australian suppliers).
Pinside is the largest pinball community website in the world. There is a huge amount of expertise and knowledge on Pinside and it is a good way to stay up-to-date with pinball developments around the world.
Pinwiki is the most accessible and comprehensive compendium of pinball repair information currently on the internet. If you're having a problem with your pinball machine, its fix is likely already documented here.
Clay Harrel's repair guides were, up until several years ago, freely available for anyone to view. Now only a subset of the original repair guides are accessible, but still contain a wealth of information, particularly on EM and Gottlieb machine repair. The Pinball Ninja Webzine is the successor to the Pinrepair guides, and can be accessed by making a donation on the Pinrepair site.
Sometimes you need to be able to grab a simple component from a local brick and mortar store. Jaycar doesn't have the best variety, but it has saved me in a pinch several times when I needed something straight away.