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My IBM Wheelwriter III does not print the letters. I have replaced the ribbon but still no letters. Please help. Thanks.

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The print solenoid plunger has a plastic cap it is probably broken. They are available but a little tricky to jnstall.

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Posted on May 13, 2008

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Rub your finger over the ribbon if no ink on fingers then your ribbon is dry little solution for old ribbons is cotton and little water over ribbon not too much

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