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Typewriter cylinder barrel does not move in either direction

I must have flipped a lever and locked the cylinder barrel because does move, I have tried advances it with the space bar as well as sliding it over, but it remains locked Can anybody help me?

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You didn't give a make or model but usually there is a lever just below the carriage on thbe R or L side that unlocks them.


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try jiggling the carraige around a bit and then try using that lever thats on the right side of the carraige. you might even try both at once to see what frees it up. i had the same problem and it worked for me. That's the right tab, it may be in a jammed position so it wont open properly.

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it should slide from front to rear.Maybe it could use a drop of oil.I use Marvel mystery oil

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Try lubricating the lock lever with a drop of Marvel Mystery oil.It should slide from front to rear

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Without knowing the make it's hard, but it could be that some of the roller bearings used to make the carriage run smoothly have come out of the retainers and dropped from the machine. If as you say there is a lot of slop in the inner carriage it's a fair bet that's your problem

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