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Turn off the typewriter, open the top-cover and inspect the area around the carrier for any damage or foreign objects.
2. Move the carrier towards the center of the machine.
a. When moving the carrier manually, it should be difficult to move, butit will move under steady pressure.
b. If the carrier moves freely, the drive mechanism may not be connectedproperly.
3. Remove the ribbon and inspect the cartridge for damage. Turn the colored knob on the left side of the cartridge to remove any slack from the ribbon.
4. Check the correction tape to insure that it has not become tangled ordamaged.
5. Close the top-cover and restore power to the machine.
If the problem persists, your machine may require service.
I've had several of these ribbon cartridges do this. You might get lucky and get it freed up, but I rarely did. Look in the windows of the cartridge and see if the ribbon is not wound evenly...if it isn't you can try gently tapping the cartridge on a flat surface to attempt to even out the ribbon on the spool. If you are not successful, then replace the cartridge. I had mine for almost 10 years and the cartridge was always the problem. Otherwise the typewriter worked flawlessly. Good luck.
put a mark on the gear that turns the ribbon (pen or sharpy) and type with the ribbon off (you may have to close the cover to do this. and watch the gear to see if it turns..if it does, you have a defective ribbon if it doesn't, you have a defective typewriter that need professional help.
Replacing the Print Cartridge 1 Open the front cover, and then open the top cover by pressing the blue levers on both sides of the top cover. 2 Remove the old print cartridge containing the used ribbon and dispose of it. 3 Remove the plastic stopper from the new print cartridge. Note You can reuse the print cartridge until it breaks. If you purchased refill ribbons, follow the instructions that came with them. 4 Turn the black spool on the right clockwise to tighten the ribbon as shown. 5 Install the new print cartridge by inserting the recessed first, and then placing the cartridge into its four holders. 6 Press down on both sides of the top cover to close it securely. 7 Close the front cover. Brother Customer Service at 1-800-284-4329 (in USA) or 1-877-BROTHER (in Canada). Vertical Black Lines When Receiving The sender's scanner may be dirty. Ask the sender to make a copy to see if the problem is with the sending machine. Try receiving from another fax machine. If the problem continues, call Brother Customer Service at 1-800-284-4329 (in USA) or 1-877-BROTHER (in Canada). You can save money by purchasing the 2-PK Refill Ribbon Rolls (PC302RF). Installation instructions will be included. If you handle the print cartridge (frame) carefully, you can reuse it until it breaks.
make sure you power on the typewriter and space bar carrier until middle of bar. flip open cover and put ribbon in rear end first then push front to lock. i have to then turn orange knob on top of ribbon cassette in direction that arrow points just to tighten ribbon and that usually will lock the ribbon cartridge if it lock with first push. also, the ribbon itself goes in front of the 2 guides that stick up higher than the rest. hope this helps. if not you can look at brother website under that model and look at manual. it shows you how.
The ribbon cartridges can be pried apart they are pressed together, getting it apart is easier than putting back together.
Next time you have to install a ribbon advance it by hand for a foot or so as old ribbons tend to stick to themselves.
The ribbon sometime gets wrapped around the ribbon driver,One lever on the right side only releases the lift off tape for removal the other is for ribbon removal, also check that the ribbon is on the outside of the ribbon tensioner where the ribbon exits the cartridge on the left side ( a wire thing with a plastic tube on it.