Is the typewriter a Smith Corona SD 250? If so, you have entered the "memory" mode by mistake. Over on the left side of the typewriter is a switch marked "MEM", "LINE", and "TYPE". Move the switch down to "LINE" or "TYPE" to resume normal typing. DO NOT PRESS ANY NUMBER BUTTONS ON "MEM" MODE! Does this information fix your problem?
I just got this typewriter a few days ago so I don't know everything about it yet... But I believe that this is one way to fix your problem.
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The Selectric typewriter has several "interlocks" that can cause the keyboard to be locked. When you turn the machine off there is a mechanism that locks the keyboard. When you turn it on the part should move and unlock the keyboard. Sometimes this part sticks and the keyboard will remain locked. When you type any character the keyboard is locked to prevent two keys trying to type at the same time. The machine locks and unlocks very fast. One keys is locked in and prevents others from working. try turning on the machine and hitting every key just a little bit harder and see if it then types. When you shift, as the ball is turning the keyboard is locked temporarily so it won't attempt to type as the ball is turning as that would damage the machine. Sometimes the shift mechanism can cause the keyboard to remain licked as the shift may not have finished it's complete cycle. Also, the return mechanism locks the keyboard temporarily when the carrier is returning to prevent you from typing when the carrier is moving backwards. Only a qualified technician can resolve those issues.
There are a few possibilities. First lube the silver shaft that the carrier slides on (WD40 works well). Remove the printwheel and check for paper or ither debris in that area. After that you e will probably need a tech.
check your manual, for future reference, always keep trying until you get ahold of the tech. that worked on your machine. a good repair shop always guarentee's their work, and will be happy and in the best position to help you
El problema de tu Maquina es que tiene un Censor de Cubierta Abierta en la esquina de carro impresor lado izquierdo y esto no esta conectado o no lo esta oprimiendo la cubierta cunado la cierras , revisa esa area
On the WheelWriter series, sometimes the platen may pop out of position, causing only half the letters to print. If this is the case, easially solved... Using the left and right platen knobs, firmly push down to lock it back in place. Hope this helps....MediaMan