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Under each key there is a contact pad, they get old and the foam falls apart. They can be fairly easily replkaced the pads are 1.50 apiece. Befor you do anything realize that the ribbons are no longer made.
Check for folds in the ribbon and look at it to be sure it is lifting and feeding properly, check the printwheel for bent or broken spokes. Print on a multipart form, if the carbons are good you have a ribbon problem.
Remove and inspect the ribbon cartrige, wind the knob and make sure that the ribbon moves and reinstall. Check that the correction tape is installed properly. Check that the ribbon plate assembly is not in the correction position. Try CODE RESET (Q key)
Pull the orange lever located on the carrier to the side. Make sure the ribbon passes through the ribbon lift guide next to the platen. The ribbon should go behind the the thick part of the guide and through the fingers to the inside on the outside of the guide. There is a wire (usually with a white platice roller on it) sticking up from the carrier. Maker sure the ribbon goes aroung the outside of the wire. Snap the ribbon down on the carrier then close the orange lever back in place.