Originally Posted by doconeill
Reportedly, Betti got damaged on the very first test after the received the AA from the builder. The builder was supposed to lubricate the animatronics before delivery - apparently they didn't. Testing caused some damage before it was shut down, but there wasn't time to send it back for repair before the opening date. The damage was not severe, and it was felt that it would still operate fine, but the continued operation made the condition worse over time.
But if this was case that it was improper or complete lack of Lubrication then it was probably either pumps or joints that were damaged. Anything damaged from lack of lubrication is most likely going to wear out with proper lubrication over the course of 10 - 30 years. There must have been a way designed into it to do maintence on all the parts that are going to wear without removing it. what i am trying to say is if it was as simple as lack of lubrication all affected parts should be able to be replaced as normal maintence, in this case the bui;der should have been buy all nesw parts and replacing them.
This tells me
1) it is something more than the lack of lubrication or to replace all those parts they need to close the ride for too long a period of time
2) Maybe the lack of lubrication cause different stress than anticipated wich then caused what would have been a good foundation to fail.
3) The Foundation was not designed properly
4) It takes more than three licks to get to the center of a tootsie pop and we may never know.