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Wheelwriter 6 keys strike paper but don't hit ribbon, ribbon doesn't rise up, no black letter on paper

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  • TomIBM Dec 20, 2007

    It's an IBM. I don't know why it's under Lexmark.

  • TomIBM Dec 24, 2007

    I moved the cam on the right. It loosened up and it's working. You're a Fixya Master, DickyO! Thank you.



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You may need a ribbon motor or motor board, however on the older wheelwriters sometimes the gear mesh gets sloppy and gears jam tooth for tooth. Try moving the ribbon lift gear/cam on rt. side of the carrier by hand with the machine off if it won't move that's the trouble. Wiggle it back and forth and it may free up.

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