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Main belt from motor to main driveshaft broke

How do you replace the main belt from the motor to the driveshaft? Is there a [magic] break in the shaft to slip the new belt on?

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I assume you are talking about a IBM selectric, this is a job that requires a tech. even some of them don't like to do it.


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