,I have been trying to repair a Trevi Spidem Automatica SUP18M of a friend for some time now, however the machine is now driving me to despair.
The original problem was a non-working brew group, which was probably stuck.
I have replaced the TIP33C transistor with a TIP35C.
The brew group now runs fine in both directions in test mode, but not when cold in normal mode. After power up, the brew group moves to the brew position (but not at full power (voltage about 18 volts on red-blue) and stays there. Voltage then on red-blue -0.7 volts (indicates polarity switching?) and therefore remains in this position. After a short time the red LED flashes. If I then switch the machine off and on again after about 40 seconds - until the machine is obviously warm - it works normally as long as it is warm (components not boiler!). If I switch it on in this phase (normal operation) it runs the self-test (lower position and then briefly back to the home position) as I know it from other identical machines. I have already tried to replace the Zener diode, but it did not work. The series resistance of the brew group motor between cold and hot is 123 and 120 ohms respectively (when the motor is not running). The varistor seems to be working as well. The 100 ohm resistor is also ok when cold (measuring between base and emitter).
Maybe one of you has another idea how to fix this behaviour.