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IBM WHEELWRITER 1500 TYPEWRITER

Our machine was just moved from one office to another and now has the following problem: when you turn it on the wheel will move to the left side, the lights continuously and simultaneously blink for the Phr / Env / Label. No other keys will function.

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Check to see if anything dropped into the typewriter to inhibit the movement of the carrier if noy try a few drops of WD40 on the shaft that runs thru the carrier.

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