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Light typing It appears that the keystrokes are not hitting hard enough, since the print is too light & some of the ink is left on the ribbon for each letter. We have changed the ribbon and cleaned the print wheel but it does not improve the problem. Should we buy a new printwheel to see if this solves the problem?

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  • Ms Panama Jan 18, 2008

    My typewriter is a Swintec 7040 and am experiencing the same type of problem even though the impression control is set to the max. A repair person came in yesterday but was not able to resolve the problem. I have tried changing ribbons, but it didn't help.

  • Suemb Feb 13, 2008

    I, too am experiencing light, almost flaky letters from my IBM Wheelwriter 5. None of the ladies in my office want to get rid of it as it's the easiest to use. We've tried to replace it, but ended up bringing back the IBM Wheelwriter 5. If we could only fix the problem, we'd all be happy. We've replaced the cartridge, ribbon, had it serviced and nothing seems to help. Hopefullly someone has an answer. Help!



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I assume you have tried new ribbon and printwheel, remove the ribbon look down near the l. side frame of the printer there is a round solenoid that drives the print hammer try to get some light oil on both the front and back of the plunger. if this fails the plastic cap on the solenoid is probaly cracked or gone they are available for abouy 15.00.


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What make and model typewriter do you have?

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