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Advancing the paper

My wordsmith 100 will not advance paper at the end of line . Platen (sp) does not move at all

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    We cannot get the paper release lever to lock, therefore the paper does not advance when we press the return key, what do we do?

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I need ti know if you turn the platen knob with the power on is there any hasitation or is it free wheeling. if it's free then the motor belt is broke or a gear has snapped. if there is hasitation it may just need some light oiling on the bearings. turn the type off turn the platen if fills hard lightly oil both shafts at eather side of platen by side frame. hope this works

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