Re: Changing typewriter ribbon in the IBM Selectric
You haven't told what model of Selectric. If it is a selectric II or III, there is an orange lever on the carrier that you must pull to one side. The correction tape has a silver lever next to the take-up spool that you must pull outward.
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First this is old school after hitting the correction you must press the letter you are trying to correct. if you knew this and the correction tape is properly installed and lifts up you may have old supplies, If you want to talk yuo can call me.
Go to lexmark.com , click yuor way to publications there you will find an operators manual. The pictures and descriptions are better than mine. (Be sure you have the right ribbon Selectric III takes two different ribbons)
If this is acorrecting T/W there is ared lever to the rt. of the ribbon rotate it to the front of the ribbon, pull the old ribbon up and off, drop the new ribbon on the ribbon deck, thread the ribbon to the left of the shock wire right where it comes out of the cassette, thread through the lift guides on either side of the element, turn the knob ccw to take up the slack, check to be sure the ribbon is not folded or twisted, move the red lever back.
Selectric III has two different ribbons the selectric II ribbon tha the ribbon guides are part of the macine and the "bicycle" ribbon that has the guides bilt into the ribbon. to replace the "bicycle" ribbon move pull the red lever on the right toward you, drop the ribbon in turn the knob a few times in the direction of the arrows, move the red lever back done. The other style move the lever, drop the ribbon in, be sure the ribbon is left of the slacker finger sticking up on the left,thread it tru the guides, turn the knob inthe direction of the arrows, move red lever back,done.
on the left far side of the ribbon there is a white vertical post. the ribbon should be on the left side of that. also make sure you turn the ribbon the direction of the arrow (on the cassete) otherwise will need professional repair