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Re: IBM Selectric II correcting
You can use Marvel mystery oil with an small droplet oiler. Do not use spray oil or 3 in 1 oil. These will make the problem worse. But, it really should be cleaned and serviced by a qualified tech. I am in Clearwater Florida if you need me.
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Your Selectric II (a wonderful machine) is in need of cleaning and adjustment. When I did this, I got $65.00 for the service ... that was years ago. I don't know anyone who does this work any longer though a search on Google may get you results for a shop in your area. There may be a FixYa.com advertiser who can help you. Look at the ads around this answer (that is what pays the bills, after all).
Several possible causes. Needs lubrication most commonly. Sometimes the velocity cable is hung up on the left side and under the carriage. remove the ribbon and shine a light down on the left side and look for a cable hung up on the pulley, make a hook with a paper clip and lift the cable up and past the pulley
Selectric I and II type elements are identical (88 char) where Selectric III uses a different element (96 char). The 88 character element will have white lettering and the 96 character element will have yellow. Directly underneath the lift-up tab to remove the element will be a 3-digit number. That's the last 3 digits of the element's part number, which will be preceeded by 1167 for 88 character, or 1352 or 96 character. For example, if you have a '052" stamped on the element, and it's an 88 character style, the P/N will be 1167052.
The correcting mechanism is an intricate additional function of the backspace function. To test it/adjust it/or repair it requires the machine be hand-cycled using a hand cycle wheel which is screwed into the right hand side operational shaft. It's unlikely that an un-trained party would be successful repairing this..
Yes. From not being used in so long It needs a chemical cleaning or washout and lubrication. It may need a part or two also. Everything is gummed up. I have been repairing selectrics for 35 years. Lawrence