My IBM Selectric clutch is vibrating and I can't type
My Selectrice has always worked great. I have not used it in about six years. Now when I turn it on it vibrates wildley. There is a belt that goes around the motor. Next to it, looks like a clutch with springs. After a second or 2 when the motor gets to speed the cluch start chattering. From what I remember it almost seems like if a key is stuck in the down position. I do not see any keys that are stuck and also the ball for the letters does not move in this process.
Thanks for any help
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Michele, this machine perhaps sitting unused for few years. SO, It needs a thorough cleaning - I mean Clean it before you power up. What about the ribbon condition. Good luck and happy back to yester years.
Ebay is your best bet for this one! I've found manuals for many older devices there, including a 100 year old cash register. You may have to add it as al "alert" it there's not one listed now, but I guarantee there will be eventually, and if you utilize the alert system Ebay offers, you'll be notified when one is listed for sale. Good luck!
I am a former IBM customer engineer. I have replaced thousands of cycle clutch springs in the 80's. IBM was known for supporting the typewriters by manufacturing parts twice to three times as long as other companies. Call their parts department. I purchased third party parts from AMES and Tech Support. Both companies were located in Atlanta Georgia. Those two companies also sold the tools that are needed to replace the part. Then you need a tech. Cycle clutches are not easy to replace.
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.
either the shift spring needs grease or the cycle clutch under the left protection shield you will see a gear with a belt to the left of that gear is the cycle clutch which has a hole to install grease
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
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..