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My IBM 6783-2 will not print any letters and the hammer is not striking the wheel

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Your print solenoid probably has a broken cap. There are some companies that sell the "kit" with instructions on how to replace the cap.

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Probably the platen isn't fully seated in the side frames. Check to be sure the black latches are lined up with the frames, then press firmly on both ends of the platen.

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Posted on May 12, 2008

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Is the hammer moving at all? There is a rubber part on the I think left side of the ribbon hammer, down on the side of the printer. This will adjust the amount of impact. I really doubt if
this is the problem, but worth a try to look at. This part and I think it is a blue slide will move up and down to adjust the impact. Possible lubrication and there is a large spring that actually pulls that hammer forward, check to see if this spring is OK. Other than that electronic problems such as main board, printer motors, etc. Does hammer move freely by hand? Also mechanical binding in the printer... GOOD LUCK.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008

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yes it was true that the cap was broken. temporarily, i just cut a piece of plastic from a spoon, same thickness as the cap then place it between the plunger and the solenoid. and now my wheelwriter is typing great! all letters are clear and much black in color. thanks for pointing where the cap was place. easy to find it.

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SOURCE: Our IBM Wheelwriter 3 will no longer type.

The print solenoid cap is probably broken. We sell them for 20.00 including instructions and shipping.

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SOURCE: When I type or strike

It sounds like the machine is gummed up you probably need a cleanimng and lube..


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first of all check out replacing the ribbon cartridge.if the cartridge is got torn or over replace the ribbon . There is a solenoid down to the left of the horseshoe shaped printwheel mount. If it is gummed up or the nylon hammer plate is broken or missing the hammer will not strike the printwheel and you will not get print out or broken letters on print. Check the solenoid with a thin screwdriver by pulling and pushing the plate and rod in and out as if you were trying to make the solenoid push the hammer toward the type wheel. If the hammer moves when you bush the solenoid then it may be gummed up or not getting electrical impulse. If it moves but the hammer doesn't move then the cushion at the tip of the solenoid is missing and the gap is to great for the solenoid to act upon the hammer.
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