I have the same problem with my wheelwriter 5. Not printing. Took ribbon out. Took printwheel out. WD-40 around hammer. Keep seeing your response about a solenoid cap. Can you elaborate? Where is the solenoid cap and how can I tell if it's broken?
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Re: Wheelwriter 5 not printing
The print solenoid is under the ribbon just inside the L. printer side frame. When you type with the ribbon off you should see the plunger go in and out (a very short movement) on the back of the plunger is a plastic cap (clear to yellow from age) if the plunger moves and the yoke dosen't move or just bobbles a bit this is broken it is available from us for 15.00 includes shipping butcan be a little to install.
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The "print" solenoid is what hits the hammer that hits the printwheel and makes it type on your paper. If you remove the ribbon and look straight down in the carrier on the left side you can see the solenoid. It is below the blue piece of rubber that sits on the hammer arm. The end of the solenoid is supposed to have a cap on the end of the plunger. This cap gives a specific clearance so when it is activated, it hits the hammer arm to propel it forward to strike the printwheel.
Is the ribbon moving? Possible ribbon feed motor bad.Can you hear the printwheel letters hitting the paper? If not, then the solenoid pad is broken. Easy repair for a tech. A 7 to 15 dollar part depending on where you buy it. You can see it down on the left side of printwheel in front. A little round white or opaque pad. I have used a pair of tweezers and small bladed screwdriver and slipped a new in. Takes practice. Otherwise, you have to remove the carriage and take the solenoid out.