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IBM golfball typewriter- how is the carriage unlocked?

I have an old IBM golfball typewriter and the carriage appears to be locked. I can't find any obvious way to unlock it!

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If it is an IBM Selectric, there is no lock. Usually means it needs a good cleaning and lubrication. Could also be a broken drive cord.

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G'day mate, most likely cause is that the drawband is broken/disconnected. Look under the right-hand side of the carriage,you would have to tilt the typewriter on it's back. There you will see a small hook where the drawband should be attached to. If not, set the typewriter on it's feet again and move the carriage to the extreme right then looking down past the left thumb wheel you will notice a drum with the drawband attached. Rotate it until the drawband hook come into view. Get a piece of strong wire about 12 inches long,fashion one end into a hook,thread it through the machine under the carriage,from the right-hand side until it appears just over the drum. Ayyach the drawband hook to it and pull your piece of wire out to the right. You will notice the drum rotating and the increasing tension on the drawband , this good,nothing is going to snap, break etc. Hook the drawband on to it's latch and try the typing. If the typewriter's carriage moves slowly it means that there is not enough tension on the main-spring located inside that drum. Do not depair, because by removing both side plates you will see a large screw on each side of the back cover plate remove these and then you will see the mainspring drum in it's entirety. There will be a winding gear central to the drum,loosen the locking pawl and begin winding in aclock-wise direction to increase the main-spring tension. Test the carriage occasionally for tension.
When all is OK reverse all what you did before.  Cheers and goo luck from Australia....

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