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Carriage only moves six spaces to the right and stops

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    A model would be very helpful. DickyO



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If you have the L. margin all the way to the left the carrier may be catching on the L. black plastic dust cover they warp from motor heat Try pressing down on it while spacing if tou get pasy it move the L. margin over about 10 spaces and don't go past it or remove the L. dust cover.


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