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I have a Wheelwriter 3. While typing a label, it stopped printing the letters. It appears that the horseshoe shaped gadget is no longer striking. Everything else appears to work. Is there a simple solution for fixing? Thanks.

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I took one similar to this one apart one time, and it's going to be a part in the striking wheel assembly. Here is the answer for a similar typewriter (IBM):
http://www.askanowner.com/qa/view.asp?guid=&sid=1&qid=149975
Read SamsBusinessMachines post.
Good luck, thanks for using FixYa, and hope this helps!

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