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Your Selectric may need cleaning.

Posted on Apr 02, 2014

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Typewriter keys stick

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.

Apr 02, 2014 | IBM Correcting Selectric II

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Keys are sticking on right and left sides of key board

are they sticking in the guide or somewhere else? If in the guide push the lightly away from the tight side, if in the slots flush with a cleaning solvent the blow out with air

Aug 25, 2013 | Smith Corona Office Equipment & Supplies

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Describe your nakajima ae-800 Problem : When I press the correction key it sometimes does not stop correcting . What's wrong with the machine ? My supplier told us to change 2 key switches and lift off...

It sounds like the correction key is sticking down or you had a keyboard spill. Press the correction key and see if it comes up quickly. If not gently pry the key off look for debris or stick residue under it.


Jul 14, 2011 | Nakajima AE-800 Typewriter

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Sticking keys,mainly commonly used keys like ; - s , a ,u . e . all other keys okay !

What do you mean, exactly, by sticking? Do they not fire when you hit them?

Nov 19, 2010 | Smith Corona Wordsmith 200 Typewriter

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Dora 204 SP Olivetti Typewriter I have an intermittent sticking returns key Causes paper to run on. Can I do anything about it, or can you tell me of a Service Centre in Hampshire n UK.


take Q-tip cotton , apply small portion on hammer letter keys and carriage -- moving parts only

dip and smear into vasaline, wipe off excess. apply to the keys sticking or to carriage return key . this is amechanical sticking , so apply to where the part (carriage or moving part) applies. Also, take a plain paper , keep tapping the key and then return key carriage , until sticking stops and until the vasaline dissipates . repeat the typing for about 1-2 mintes until excess vasaline is no longer present on paper after typing.

repeat this process anytime the keys stick

hpe this helps

Nov 14, 2010 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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Keys sticking. The keys at both ends are sticking or won't go all the way up and strike the paper.

Try trickling some White Spirit into the typebar slots and working the keys repeatedly.

Jan 10, 2010 | Olivetti Linea 198 Typewriter

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A few keys are sticking on my Olivetti. They click up, hardly hit, and then dont return to their proper place. I'd appreciate it if someone could offer some advise...or name a place in Gainesville Florida...

Needs a good cleaning and lubrication. I charge $ 75.00 to make it clean as new. You can try to simply lubbicate it yourself. Just drop 1 drop of oil into each typebar guide. Hit each key a few times.
My number is 727-773-8973 in Largo, Florida

Dec 21, 2009 | Olivetti Lettera 35 L Typewriter

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Keys stick

Do the key buttons stick down, or do the typebars with the typefaces on them stick up? It sounds like a typebar problem to me. If so, the typebar segment (metal piece with slots the typebars pivot in) needs a thorough cleaning.

Mar 26, 2009 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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no easy fix on this one. the keyboard is going bad and will have to be replaced. take it to a repairman

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