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I have an IBM Selectric 11 Typewriter that will not backspace. Can you please help? tks

My IBM Selectric 11 Golfball typewriter is working well except for the backspace key - which will not go back !

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  • maura lynch Nov 01, 2012

    Thanks for suggestions - I think it needs a service - as it is over 30 yrs old.!

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If it moves a little but not enough the tab tensioiner on the R. side is broken not a bad job but yuo must know how.

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Posted on Nov 10, 2012

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SOURCE: My IBM selectric II typewriter carriage stuck in right margin

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.

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SOURCE: IBM Selectric II typewriter stuck in correcting position

If you know how to remove the right dust cover (black inside the T/W below the carrier) next to the R. side frame is the correction set up mech. spray some WD40 on the arms especially where they pivot, they should free up.

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SOURCE: IBM selectric II carriage stuck in right margin

There is a thin metal ribbon in the back that has come off the wheel. It is a devel of a thing to get back on.

Remove the cover and watch ... you will see what I am talking about.

It may have come un-attached ... equally difficult to fix without the little thingie the typewirter mechanic uses.

good luck

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SOURCE: IBM golfball typewriter- how is the carriage unlocked?

If it is an IBM Selectric, there is no lock. Usually means it needs a good cleaning and lubrication. Could also be a broken drive cord.

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