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Wheelwriter will not strike

Will not strike the letters

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It sound like you have a bad print solenoid and there is a repair kit that some companies are selling with instructions that should resolve your problem.

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First off make sure the ribbon turns freely.Take off the ribbon and turn the ribbon wheel in the direction of the arrow and see if it turns smoothly. If it turns smoothly the ribbon motor is not moving or the gear is not moving. take off the ribbon and type. See if the black ribbon drive gear on the ribbon deck moves as you type. If not the motor is N.G. or the ribbon gear clutch spring is not grabbing the gear to turn it. Lawrence

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SOURCE: When I type any letter it will not strike the

The print solenoid cap is probably broken.
We sell them for 20.00 includind installation and shipping.

DickyO
Cleveland Business Machines
216-241-0027

Posted on Oct 19, 2009

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Put in a multi part form and type if the print is good on the carbons the problem is ribbon or ribbon lifting, if the print is poor the print solenoid cap is probably cracked. We sell the cap with instructions and shipping for 20.00.

DickyO
Cleveland Business Machines
216-241-0027

Posted on Feb 09, 2010

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SOURCE: IBM Wheelwriter 6-Letters striking paper above

Put in a multi part form and type if the carbons come out OK the the ribbon isn't lifting, Wiggle the big black gear on the R. side of the carrier back and forth. They do get tooth for tooth when they get old. If the print on the copies id bad or not there you need a print solenoid cap. We sell them for 20,00 including instructiond and shipping.

DickyO
Cleveland Business Machines
216-241-0027

Posted on Feb 18, 2010

Testimonial: "I tried wiggling the gear, but it wouldn't budge. So, I pulled it out, toward the right. It popped back into place and started lifting the ribbon."

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SOURCE: I have a wheelwriter 6

First try a little WD40 on the print solenoid plunger, If that dosen't help you probably have a broken plastic print solenoid cap. We vsell replacements for 20.00 including instructions and shipping.

DickyO
Cleveland Business Machines
216-241-0027

Posted on Sep 30, 2010

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Code "I" will change the impression but more likely the print solenoid cap is cracked, if so it will shortly stop printing. We sell the cap with shipping and instructions for 20.00

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DickyO
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