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reset the right margin

Smith Corona... | Answered on Feb 02, 2017


press AND HOLD CODE KEY AND PRESS 7 KEY TO SELECT THE MODE YOU WANT. dp direct print, np no print, prn print, ls list, del delete

Smith Corona... | Answered on Feb 02, 2017


switch the print wheel and change the pitch to 10

Smith Corona... | Answered on Feb 02, 2017


Just put the new on like the old one is now, should be easy enough

Smith Corona... | Answered on Aug 15, 2014


It sounds like your "code" key may be stuck down. See if it is lower than the other keys. Check for a paper clip or staple under the key. Depending on how the keyboard is made you might be able to spray contact cleaner under the key to get it unstuck. I would bend a paper clip with a small bend at the end (90 degree angle) and use it to gently move the key up and then use my finger to press it back down. Do this several times after spraying contact cleaner under the key. Hope this helps.

Smith Corona... | Answered on Jun 05, 2014


Hi There. Not only check the printwheel to ensure it is locked into place, but then you will need to use the CODE RESET feature.

This should align the printwheel into the proper position.

Kind regards ad Hope this is useful.

Smith Corona... | Answered on May 14, 2014


It sounds like you have a Wheelwriter 15 Series II based on the model number you gave, but the answer is probably the same for almost any Wheelwriter: There is a small mechanism, I believe called a solenoid, that moves a horseshoe-shaped part that actually "fires" the striking hammer against the individual letter-spokes of the daisywheel print element, to put letters/numbers/symbols on paper. I have posted a close up photo of the left hand side of the carriage that moves back and forth while you type, which holds the ribbon, correction tape, and mechanisms for positioning the daisy wheel print element so that the hammer can strike the correct letter, number, etc. when selected from the keyboard. If you go to your machine and remove the ribbon and correction tape from the carriage, you will see that right in the middle of the picture is the thing I'm talking about. It looks like a small electric motor like you might find in a toy racecar, is about the same diameter as a USA "quarter", and is I think about an inch thick. I've replaced one of those once, using the part from a damaged typewriter to replace the matching part in a typewriter that worked except it wouldn't print, just like the problem you describe. It's been a few years since I did that but it did not require any specialized tools, and I did not have a manual or a video to refer to. I think this mechanism has stayed mostly the same for about 20 years worth of Wheelwriters, though I can't promise that a part from a Wheelwriter 3, for example, would work to replace the seemingly same part in a Wheelwriter 15 Series II like yours. I think there are many places you can buy this part from online, and with the information I've provided here they may better be able to help you trouble shoot your problem. I can't promise that this will fix your problem but there's a pretty good chance that it will. As far as what I do is concerned, I buy, fix where I can, and resell Wheelwriters, mostly on ebay, and some time in the next month or so I'll start selling Wheelwriter parts. I bought a pallet of 20 Wheelwriters a few months ago and it turned out that many of them were damaged from how they were stacked on the pallet (which I kind of expected even though I couldn't look through them all ahead of time). I've sold the undamaged ones and parted together a few more to sell, but soon I'll run out of enough undamaged cases to sell complete units and that's when the parts sale begins. I don't think you'd want to wait until I get around to selling parts, but if you do want to check out what I've listed, I'm on ebay as "greatsurplusbuys". -- Dan93b344b9-a430-4546-b0f8-b34a540d9046.jpg

Smith Corona... | Answered on Mar 03, 2014


Most likely a bad spring under the space bar. But check for paper clips or other stuff just to be sure.

Smith Corona... | Answered on Jan 02, 2014


Most typewriters need to be shut off and turned back on to seat the
printwheel for timeing, if not that make sure wheel is on correctly, if not could be bad prinwheel motor or board, also some such as brothers have to have the cover down, there is a switch that times the printer...

Smith Corona... | Answered on Oct 28, 2013


The print wheel may have a bent letter if so you might be able to form it back into position if that is not the problem see REPAIR SHOP

Smith Corona... | Answered on Aug 25, 2013


sorry to be a smart a** but my solution would be to get a computer

Smith Corona... | Answered on Jul 28, 2013

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