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I have a couple of IBM Selectric II Typewriters and over the last few months both just quit as if they are getting no power. One started working again but then quit again..any ideas on how to fix. Also had a Selectric II that kept turning the correction tape while I typed any ideas Thanks

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Most selectrics at this time are suffering from many gummy parts.
All of these problems are probably repairable with a good chemical cleaning and lube.

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