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Ok finally one I used to work on! The problem is the keys are gummy. Take off the top cover. Open the lid, the platen levers or on either side, push them down and remove the platen. There is a cover lever on either side. They are black and pivot. You slide the levers forward. Lift the top case off. There are finger springs over each key (looks like a comb and are black) Under the end of the spring, closest to the key you'll see a silver tab that pivots. (This on top of the typewriter, NOT underneath) Put something under the spring to keep it from flipping down into the typewriter. The spring WILL break, so don't pull it up too far. You need to spray the tab with WD40 and work the tab back and forth to loosen it. After you pivot it back and forth a few times, it will free up. I would spray all the pivots on all the keys just in case. Anyway work with all the keys that are sticking. Underneath there are springs that lift the key back up. Hopefully, none of them are broken, because that is a more difficult repair. Let me know if you have more questions. The main thing, is be delicate and careful.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014

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Your Selectric may need cleaning.

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