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Selectric III Key Stuck

I have an IBM Correcting Selectric III. When I power the typewriter on, the light comes on, but the keys are all dead. I noticed that the "Z" key is stuck down and the rest of the keys on that row seems to be not able to press down as much. What can I do to unstick the "Z"? Is this possibly the reason why the rest of the keyboard is dead?

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  • eyeangdds Apr 01, 2008

    Hello Coldcut, sorry for the delay and the ranking, that was done in error. There was a stripped screw for the knob, after some delay, I did get the knob off and opened the IBM Selectric III. I then turned the power on, nothing moved (including the belt) and all keys still nonfunctional. The assembly that holds the ribbon cartridge is stuck to the left sided.

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    I have an IBM Correcting Selectric II. The ball is stuck. I was typing and pressed a key and the ball just stuck, and all the letter keys are stuck too. When I press a key, it goes down halfway and the ball doesn't move. How do I unstick the ball?



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Remove the cover , latch on bottom each side of unit.
turn it on is the belt running or jumped off.
if it is running then the clutch is jammed.

Posted on Jan 25, 2008

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    Karl Whisenand Apr 01, 2008

    Well if the motor is turning and everything is stuck.
    normally the first is to wash everything down in a degreaser,
    I used to dip them .
    but a spray of wd40 may help.
    Its been so long since I'v worked on them that the pic is fuzzy.
    the clutch area that the belt drives is the main concern.
    mainly you have to play with it to learn the operation and where its binding/jammed, I can't remember if you can reverse the clutch.
    I wouldn't take it apart as you may never get it back together.
    just remove the platten ,cartridges ,head all, rubber items before you spray. then work the levers and clutch. see if the carriage moves freely when you find the lever that unlocks its movement.
    remember it should be an easy fix you just have to find where.



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