20 Most Recent IBM Wheelwriter 30 Typewriter Questions & Answers

The WW3 resets margins and tabs to default on every power up. If the margins change while you are typing then the silver shaft that nthe carrier slides on is probably gummy. A shot of WD40 on both sies of the shaft shouls free it up.
Go to lexmark.com, click on support you will find a downloadable manual there.


IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Apr 25, 2017

Pulleys and rails and motors are gummed up, if it turns on but wont
move, to the left. Will need a complete clean.

IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Feb 02, 2016

Press and hold the code key,press and release the "L" key type
001 release the code key. If this makes it work your keyboard is going bad. Contact Geo. Beyers Co. 1800-392-8050.


IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Oct 29, 2015

Probably the key board is bad you can try my tip under WW 1000 or contact Geo. Beters Co.
@ 800-392-8085 for a key board rebuild. Tell them O'Reilly sent you.


IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Sep 16, 2015

Your problem is one or more of a few different situations. First, you can clean the shaft that goes through the carriage. Look closely at where the shaft goes through the carriage and there is probably some built up debris (fuzz, hair, dust). remove it with a pointy object. Once this is clean, you can flush it out with some contact cleaner and then put some thin oil on the shaft and move the carriage back and forth. Another part of the problem is the motor that makes the carriage go back and forth. This is called the transport motor. You would have to remove the case to get to it as it probably needs flushing and oiling as well. I do not recommend for a novice to attempt to remove the case as you can break the clips that hold it together.

IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Mar 31, 2015

Try holding down the control button (left of the spacebar) and then hitting the "R" keybutton and see if that turns it off.

IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Mar 03, 2015

Your print solenoid probably has a broken cap. There are some companies that sell the "kit" with instructions on how to replace the cap.

IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Mar 02, 2015

It is probably the print solenoid that has a broken cap. I have seen a few advertisers that sell the repair kit with instructions. It is fairly simple to repair.

IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Feb 24, 2015

First be sure the batteries are are good and the holder is clean and making contact. On the L. side of the keyboard are 3 keys marked save , play and delete hold the store key enter an address 01-99, release the store key, type info, press store again. To reprint ho;d play and enter the address, release play.


IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Feb 23, 2015

Selectric I and II type elements are identical (88 char) where Selectric III uses a different element (96 char). The 88 character element will have white lettering and the 96 character element will have yellow. Directly underneath the lift-up tab to remove the element will be a 3-digit number. That's the last 3 digits of the element's part number, which will be preceeded by 1167 for 88 character, or 1352 or 96 character. For example, if you have a '052" stamped on the element, and it's an 88 character style, the P/N will be 1167052.

The correcting mechanism is an intricate additional function of the backspace function. To test it/adjust it/or repair it requires the machine be hand-cycled using a hand cycle wheel which is screwed into the right hand side operational shaft. It's unlikely that an un-trained party would be successful repairing this..

IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Feb 04, 2015

Take out one of the batteries from the battery holder and turn it on. The batteries are used for the memory of the machine. The machine will beep 3 times indicating the storage is cleared

IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Jan 01, 2015

Most likely the plastic cap on the print solenoid is broken they are available but are a bit tricky to install.


IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Nov 06, 2014

This one sounds like the keyboard may have some issues. If so, it is not something you normally can fix yourself. I would suggest you take this one to a qualified service shop for evaluation.

IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Nov 03, 2014

Generally the motor bearings get gummed up. There is a hole on each side of the motor. Suggest WD40 to free up the motor shaft. If you are real handy the motor can be disassembled the the bearings cleaned of the gunk and then oiled and reassembled. Not a job for all.

IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Oct 27, 2014

slide and snap it onto the bottom of the black ribbon

IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Oct 25, 2014

It sure sounds like something is interfering with the correction tape. Look for debris in that area.


IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Oct 03, 2014

I have a PDF of the Wheelwriter 30 Users Guide. Email me your email address, and I will be happy to send it to you. My email is [email protected]

IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Aug 28, 2014

215 error is that the print wheel is not in properly or there is dirt or debris in the P/W area.


IBM Wheelwriter... | Answered on Jul 17, 2014

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