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I have a Smith Cornona Electra XT. It still turns on, but when I do turn it on, the carriage automatically goes back and forth non-stop and it's like you arre holding the return button down conti

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The tab button may be stuck or the carriage release lever is stuck or a broken escapement.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

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