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IBM Selectric III typewriter: Spacebar when touched for one space often fires away as though it is being held down.

Spacebar when touched for one space often fires away as though it is being held down. Am technically competent - could this be a DIY fix?

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  • Trevor Preece Nov 20, 2008

    Clearly I'm near a solution, but am not too sure about "the R. black duat cover". I presume "duat" is meant to be "dust", but R.? Rear? No evidence of a rear dust cover - just the lift-up front one. And it's not black. Maybe the bottom black baseplate?If you have a moment to clarify I'd be grateful.
    Perhaps I'd better get one of the manuals advertised on ebay in USA?


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Remove the R. black duat cover. Get some WD40 and spray the cam cluster and the related parts espesially the pivit points of the arms front and rear of the cams. They gum up and cause this problem.

DickyO

Posted on Oct 23, 2008

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