WHEN YOU TURN THE TYPEWRITER ON IT MAKES A GRINDING NOISE. RIGHT NOW IT IS ALL THE WAY TO THE LEFT HAND SIDE AND IT WILL NOT MOVE. FIXED IT ONCE AND THEN WHEN WE HIT ENTER IT SLAMMED ALL THE WAY TO THE LEFT AND GETS STUCK. ANY IDEAS?
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Turn it off and see if the carrier will move back and forth by hand if it will but feels a little gummy spray a little WD40 on the silver shafts that it slides on. If it won't move by hand look for debris in the carrier area.
The problem is either something is interfering with the carrier movement OR the carrier homing sensor is broken/defective. First, turn off the power and manually move the carrier to the right side frame, check for foreign objects in the machine (pens, pushpins, paper clips etc.). Put some oil (10 weight) on a cloth and clean the chrome shaft that the carrier travels on.(by the rubber cogged belt). This is a common problem. If the sensor itself is the problem, take to a repair shop.(not common)
Lift top cover up.
Move the carrier to center of machine.
On the right hand side of the carrier there is a red lever. slide it to the left.
( it will lift ribbon arm's up & move the ribbon drive mecanisem out of the way.)
you now can lift the ribbon cassett out of the machine,
put the new ribbon in the machine.
there is a wire with a white plastic roller around it on the left side of carrier. make sure the ribbon goes on the out side of the that wire.
put the ribbon throuugh the lift arms
turn the knob on ribbon till the colored led is in to the ribbon cassett + a few turns of the black ribbon is around the spool.
slip the red lever to the right.
close cover & try typing
hope it works for you
On the right side of the typewriter, just beneath the carriage (as you are facing the typewriter) there is a small metal lever which you need to push back. It is the carriage lock used to hold the carriage in place when it's being transported in the case.
Try a slightly oily cloth and wipe the bar that the carrier moves on several times then with the machine turned off try to move the carrier both left and right to each end it should have some resistance but not be hanging up, you may have to do this several times. Good luck