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Print Wheel Drive Gear is out of Positoin

The print wheel is typing incorrect characters. How do I get the print wheel drive gear back in correct position? Thanks.

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Re: Print Wheel Drive Gear is out of Positoin

Normaly this would not be a user adjustment, possibly the grub screw hold the wheel hub to the motor has come loose, very small allen key needed, you make be able to shift it back to right place. Usualy this is done with special alignment jig

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