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IBM wheelwriter 3

The stiker for the printwheel is not engaging thus letters are not being printed.

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  • ssuzie Jan 15, 2008

    I have the same problem only the period key and the hypen/underline keys are the only ones not striking. All keys seem to have ink missing on the print. I have changed print wheels and cleaned the unit but the problem still exists.

  • stcaudle Feb 07, 2008

    Any idea where I can get the solinoid cap? Thanks



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I would like to know why I am having a problem inserting the "lift-off" to the ribbon. It goes on correctly, but doesn't seem to be working......doesn't lift off the letters. Could it be with my typewriter itself?

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Sounds like the small plastic cap on the solenoid plunger is broken. The part is available for about 15.00 but it is a little tricky to install.


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