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Your problem is one or more of a few different situations. First, you can clean the shaft that goes through the carriage. Look closely at where the shaft goes through the carriage and there is probably some built up debris (fuzz, hair, dust). remove it with a pointy object. Once this is clean, you can flush it out with some contact cleaner and then put some thin oil on the shaft and move the carriage back and forth. Another part of the problem is the motor that makes the carriage go back and forth. This is called the transport motor. You would have to remove the case to get to it as it probably needs flushing and oiling as well. I do not recommend for a novice to attempt to remove the case as you can break the clips that hold it together.
Your problem is probably the transport motor. It is the one that makes the carriage go back and forth. There is probably a bind in the carriage. Look at the metal shaft that runs through the carriage. Cleaning this shaft with contact cleaner and then putting a thin amount of oil on the shaft. (A very small amount mind you). You can clean the area where the shaft runs through the carriage on both sides. This will help with any binds the carriage may cause. If the problem continues, then the machine should have the motor serviced or replaced.
The belt has probably slipped down below the carrier, it's easier to take the shaft out, install the belt then put the shaft back in. Be sure to turn the shaft top to the front with a 1/4 in. wrench to lock it in place.
Not to difficult. THe silver shaft that the carrier slides on has flats on the R. side, using a 1/4 " wrench turn it top to the back, then with the carrier to the right walk the shaft out to the left, move 5he carrier to the left and walk the belt off the L. pulley. The belt is held on by 2 screws.
If your belt isn't broken but just tracking bad adjusting the L. pulley to tighten the belt can sometimes stop that.
This is a very common problem with IBM and Lexmark Wheelwriters that have not been serviced for years. Solution: Get some 10 weight machine oil, 3 and 1 oil is ok, but (DO NOT use WD-40). Locate the main carrier shaft,that the carrier travels back-and-forth on, and lubricate it on both sides of the carrier, then wipe with a cloth and repeat. You can move the carrier by hand with the power turned OFF. Teke care to not drip excess oil into machine, or better yet. Lubricate the cloth and wipe the shaft then apply 2-3 drops on the shaft when finished cleaning.
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
very common problem, The print wheel homing sensoreweirs broke off. you need to take off the ribbon deck. pull weirs from the white plastic sleeve that runs from carrier to main board. fined 3 weirs grouped together ( red, black,green) 1 or more of them are cracked in side the casing or have broke in 1/2. need to resolder them together little tough to do the 1st time. a bunch of sen sores came out with to hard of a weir making them brake premacherly