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Wheelwriter 30 series II. was typing OK but now get only less than half of letter to print. replaced ribbon same thing. tried adjusted ribbon (now sure was in right area) and still only printing less than half of letter. have not replaced the print wheel.

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If it is printing only the tops of the letters the platen has worked loose. Press down firmly on both ends it should snap into place. If the print is generally bad the plastic print solenoid cap is probably broken. We sell them for 20.00 includes shipping and instructions.

DickyO
Cleveland Business Machines
216-241-0027

Posted on May 23, 2011

  • barbaraek May 24, 2011

    A repair man had come in and that is exactly what he said. The platen was just loose enough that you didn't see it.

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