Tom’s Way – How to Clean and Mount a Mars Validator

Kleen-Rite and its customers were lucky to have Tom Allen teach us about car wash operations for many years before his passing. We get a ton of calls asking how to clean a Mars validator and how to mount it in the coin box. Well, here’s Tom’s Way of doing it!

Tools You Will Need:
Q-Tips and alcohol or cleaning solution. You can also use a cleaning kit from one of the top changer manufacturers. Kleen-Rite carries several cleaning kits; ask about one today!

Cleaning Your Mars Validator

How to start cleaning a bill validator

Step 1: First remove the stacker by lifting up and out.

cleaning stacker belts

Step 2: Clean the stacker belts with a citrus cleaning pen.

Removing stacker mag-head

Step 3: Next, remove the mag-head by lifting up on the lockbar. Then, pull it out.

cleaning internal sensor strip

Step 4: Using a Q-Tip and cleaning solution or alcohol, clean the internal sensor strip.

Cleaning the mag-head

Step 5: Using a Q-Tip and cleaning solution or alcohol, thoroughly clean the mag-head.

Cleaning mag-head wheels

Step 6: Using a citrus pen or Q-Tip and cleaning solution/alcohol, thoroughly clean the mag-head wheels. The wheels will rotate as you clean them, so hold them steady.

Inserting a cleaning strip into bill validator.

Step 7: After Step 6 is complete, reassemble the validator. Insert a cleaning strip into the bill acceptor to remove excess cleaning fluid and lint. Cleaning strips are available from Kleen-Rite.

Mounting Your Mars Validator

Adding a hole to faceplate for Mars validator.

Step 1: Your coin box faceplate will need a hole measuring 3 1/4″ W x 2″ H for your validator. If you need to create the hole, make sure it is plasma-burned.

Using Mars validator to create a pattern to cut in mounting holes

Step 2: Use your Mars validator for a pattern to cut in the mounting stud holes.

Using flathead bolts and washers to attach faceplate

Step 3: When ready to mount, use 6/32 flathead bolts and washers to attach your faceplate.

Connecting the power harness for Mars bill validator

Step 4: Connect the power harness. Look inside the harness head to find the two dead spots and make sure they match up with the two dead spots inside the validator to ensure proper alignment. Gently push harness until it is seated. Consult the instruction manual for proper wiring.

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