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  • gpatricia63 Oct 25, 2009

    Problem was taken care of.

  • ajochum May 11, 2010

    What is the make and model of the typewriter? Check to see if it is set to "0" line spacing. Should be a 1,2,3. Also, if it is a Selectic, if the rachet release is not engaged it will not carriage advance. See if it makes a ratcheting sound when you move the platen by hand. If not, look for the rachet release key on top left or right of the typewriter.

  • Dick O Reilly May 11, 2010

    Wheelwriter or Selectric

  • Dick O Reilly May 11, 2010

    Is it a selectric or a wheelwriter?

  • Dick O Reilly May 11, 2010

    A model would help. DickyO

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This is a very common problem with IBM and Lexmark Wheelwriters that have not been serviced for years. Solution: Get some 10 weight machine oil, 3 and 1 oil is ok, but (DO NOT use WD-40). Locate the main carrier shaft,that the carrier travels back-and-forth on, and lubricate it on both sides of the carrier, then wipe with a cloth and repeat. You can move the carrier by hand with the power turned OFF. Teke care to not drip excess oil into machine, or better yet. Lubricate the cloth and wipe the shaft then apply 2-3 drops on the shaft when finished cleaning.

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