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When I hit the spacebar it reads one "hit" as 7 or 8 spaces every time, how can i correct this?

Also when I get to the end of the page the scroll wheel does not automatically revert back to a marginal position, i have to hit "enter" and move it back by hand. any thoughts? your help is appreciated.

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Here's a basic video on how to open it up and take a peek at the mechanism:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB3sM2cA6Wk

Here's a full blown repair manual in pdf format:
http://bitsavers.trailing-edge.com/pdf/ibm/typewriter/selectric/Troubleshooting_The_IBM_Selectric_Typewriter.pdf

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Hi i will look for any dirt, dust or any small pieces inside also make sure nothing is lose
in some chases a good clean can sort a lot of problems

Posted on Apr 22, 2015

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