When typing on paper , wheel turns ,spaces correctly, but no print hammer does not fire . i'm told the sinal to fire is there but solonid doent not activate to fire hammer. Typist said last thing it seemed to slow and get weaker on print --then just quit printing .everything else seems to work.... Any ideas?
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Re: no print on paper
There is a pad on the solenoid, where it contacts the printhammer. this pad gets old and just falls apart. this will need to be taken to a repair shop to have the pad or solenoid replaced, or there is an adjustment screw that can be used to take up the slack caused by the missing pad. the printhead must be taken out of the machine to make this adjustment.
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I would check all the basic stuff first. Is the print wheel locked into position? Is the platen all the way forward? (lever right side) Is the ribbon installed correctly and not cocked up on one side? Do you hear the hammer striking the paper? If you hear the hammer striking the paper, it is a ribbon problem. If you don't hear it, it is a hammer / print wheel problem.
Hammer sticking and typing incorrect letters (and or skipping letters): 1) make sure daisy wheel installed correctly. 2) hold down CODE key & Q (RESET) to reset wheel...if still not corrected 3) WD40 the hammer at the base & joints where moving parts are, keep typing until oil seeps in (this last one fixed it for me)
Typing light and inconsistant-top part of letter okay but bottom too light or not there: to left of hammer (at base) are 2 screws, I losened them and adjusted hammer to different forward and backward spots..finally found the ideal location where full letter printed and had the correct force it needed to print correctly.
Hi Many brother type writers have two cam assemblies under ribbon holder. One operates the print hammer and the other operates the correction ribbon lift. sometimes they gets stuck or lock themselves up. turning on and off a few times will take care of it, but sometimes it needs to be worked on by a tech. If you look when you type a character, most likely the print hammer is not firing or it is striking the correction ribbon instead of the black ribbon. Let us know if you want to know something more else please accept the suggestion. Thanks for contacting Fixya.com
The typewriter will print the incorrect letter, or the face of the hammer if it does not spin properly to the correct position. 1. Turn the machine offf for 15 seconds and turn ON, or Depress MODE RESET(the Q key). This will rehome the Daisywheel.I If it prints correctly for awhile then looses its' position, check for ribbon or correction tape interference with Daisywheel movement. If it does not print correctly as soon as you start typing, remove the Daisywheel and inspect the spokes to see if any are bent. Reinstall the Daisywheel and power ON. If the Daisywheel has a bent spoke or two, you can try to straighten them, howvever the cause of bent spokes is a concern. While typing, carefully watch the print hammer movement. It should always return to the same position and not move towards the paper until a letter is pressed. If it does not come to rest properly, the hammer is not in proper timing and may enter the Daisywheel while it is spinning to the character, thus causing damage to the Daisywheel or causing it to lose homing. .The hammer cams would require adjustment ore replacement. If bent spokes is a persistent problem, make sure to get the hammer problem repaired before buying a new daisywhel.
Check the ribbon first. Remove it and check that the ribbon is feeding properly (letters should be spaced evenly on the ribbon). Ensure the hammer is stiking the paper and that the correction(lift-off ) tape is not in front of the hammer.
alot of the brother t/w's have 2 cam assemblies under ribbon holder. 1 operates the print hammer and 1 operates the correction ribbon lift. sometimes these will hang or lockup. sometimes turning on and off a few times will take care of it, but sometimes it needs to be worked on by a t/w tech. if you look when you type a character, most likely the print hammer is not firing or it is striking the correction ribbon instead of the black ribbon.
the markes you see is the print hammer hitting the ribbon & paper. remove the ribbon & print wheel. look close at the print wheel when out of the machine if there are any spaces betwen the spokes a letter has broken off and you need a new print wheel, If just bent slowly strten them out. reinstall wheel & ribbon try it.
Could be the print hammer selenoid is stuck if the print hammer does not fire at all. It shoild fire whether there is no ribbon or print-wheel installed. Look around for any loose cables but failing that your only option is to go to a repair shop.