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Typewriter suddenly will not print!

I was typing on my EM-530 when suddenly it just stopped printing the letters I was typing. I know what the problem is NOT but i dont know how to fix this!

It is not that it's not plugged in, the lights are on and i can move it left and right. It is also not that the motor or electrical's dead because again, the machine moves perfectly otherwise.

It is not that the ribbon is installed incorrectly or slipped. I checked repeatedly and reinserted it. I have been using this typewriter for several years and know when it's in place right. Also, it was typing perfectly fine before, with the same ribbon placed in the same way.

It is not that the correction tape is getting in the way - i removed it and it still isnt working.

It is not that the hammer isnt in place or that the daisy wheel isnt in correctly, I placed the daisy wheel according to directions and pushed the level on the hammer twice to align the wheel and lock it in place.

So what am i not thinking of? I tried checking the settings, and resetting them to no avail!! Any ideas?

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  • aseitas Jun 19, 2008

    yes it's a wheel.

  • aseitas Jun 19, 2008

    It is not that the hammer isnt in place or that the daisy wheel isnt in correctly, I placed the daisy wheel according to directions and pushed the lever on the hammer twice to align the wheel and lock it in place.

    Also - i did check out the wheel and nothing seems out of place. I even entertained the idea it could be a funny setting i accidentally pushed but after going through all the troubleshooting in the manual I dont think it's that. Also there are no funny lights lit up.

    I appreciate your help though!

  • aseitas Jun 23, 2008

    That was it! It was a solenoid. Buyer beware about Brother Typewriters - apperantly it's REALLY hard to find anyone to service them. I lucked out with finding an IBM typewriter repairman that knew enough about brothers to diagnosei t as a solenoid problem and fixed it for us. You're right - it was relatively cheap. Thanks!



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It's been awhile since I've worked on these.

What is the typing mechanism in here? I believe Brother was using a wheel.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

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    Tim Babcock Jun 19, 2008

    Take the wheel off and inspect it for damage. It could have popped out too. By putting it back in might take care of the problem.

    If you need a new wheel, I don't know if you can find them on Office Max but you might be able to find them on EBay.

    Good luck on that.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jun 22, 2008

    I heard from someone else the other day about the solenoid going out. That would keep the wheel from engaging onto the ribbon and paper. That could be the problem and they are inexpensive to fix



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