I have a selectric II. It works but when you hit return it goes past the left margin. The print mechanism then gets jammed to the left of the margin control. Specifically, the plastic R - S slider thing on the printer mechanism contacts the margin control when you try to hit return.
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Re: Selectric II return problem
This one is hard to diagnose without actually seeing it, however if it is hanging up on that slider, you can simply remove the slider without any harm to your machine. the slider is a throwback to when "ditto" machines were used for printing. all it does is stop the ribbon from working when it is in the "S" position, and you can do the same thing by removing the ribbon. to remove it, move it to the left and pull till it comes out. if the spring that is attached doesn't come out with it, just pull it out.
however, if the carries goes past the margin all the way to the left of the machine, then this is not going to stop that. what usually causes that is a little lug that faces the carrier on the l. h. margin set lever, if there is a crack in it, it will need to be replaced. also check that when you hit the "mar rel" button the margin rack pivots up then back when you release it. if the rack is stuck in the up position, then that is your problem.
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Sounds like the return lever arm is not putting enough pressure on the return clutch, or the clutch is slipping. The exp key uses the same clutch but the pressure comes from your finger. Theres no way you can fix this yourself. Get an IBM mechanic.
The margin release mech. is probably gummy and allowing returns to go past the margin. If thi is a dual pitch machine see if the pitch selector lever will move easily. If not use some WD40 on the margin rack.
The return clutch torque limiter is off or broken. If you take the right dust cover off it is on the turning hub around the middle of the typewriter. a small spring about 1.25 inches long with a hook on the end. I have been fixing these for 35 years. good luck. Lawrence
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