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IBM Wheelwriter 5 nonresponsive, line spacing lights flashing

Typewriter was working fine, hit margin release and line space lights started flashing and keyboard became nonresponsive. The carriage will move manually, but can't get those flashing lights to go away!

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  • lori_r_laub Jul 03, 2009

    Thanks for the response! I have tried your suggestions and no luck thus far. It beeps once when I turn it on and then the 1, 1.5, and 2 line space lights blink continuously. When I manually move the carriage and turn the typewriter off and back on, the carriage will move on its own back to the starting position.

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A lot of possibilities Which lights, beeps, how many? Check for debris in and around the printwheel, look for any obstructions under the carrier, put a few drops of oil on the silver shaft the carrier ride on.

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