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The carriage will not stay fixed in one place. It slides to the end every time I move it back. Sometimes it will stay in place, but as soon as a button is pushed it slides all the way to the end of the row.

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  • admiralhawke Sep 08, 2009

    It is a (presumed 1952) Royal Quiet De Luxe manual typewriter.

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What is the model or brand?

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

  • Jay Blair
    Jay Blair Sep 08, 2009

    Can you depress the silver leversbehind either of the knobs? Are they spring loaded? If so, then their is a problem with the escapement. Turn it upside down and while you are hitting the spacebar, look up through the bottom middle area and see if you notice a movement of the escapement latch. It also has a spring loaded lever. maybe gummy or broken spring. Spray some lubricant in that area and try it. Good luck.

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