The light to the typewriter goes on, but there is no "hum" when turned on, and you cannot type. I've unplugged the machine, and checked to see if anything fell inside. I don't know how to remove the cover to check for problems. what to do? thanks
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Re: ibm Selectric III typewriter
Could be a lot of things. Most likely is a motor belt. It's not likely an untrained person could change it. To remove the case there are latches on the rt. & l. sides, levers on the insides of case move themto the front and remove case.
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The Selectric typewriter has several "interlocks" that can cause the keyboard to be locked. When you turn the machine off there is a mechanism that locks the keyboard. When you turn it on the part should move and unlock the keyboard. Sometimes this part sticks and the keyboard will remain locked. When you type any character the keyboard is locked to prevent two keys trying to type at the same time. The machine locks and unlocks very fast. One keys is locked in and prevents others from working. try turning on the machine and hitting every key just a little bit harder and see if it then types. When you shift, as the ball is turning the keyboard is locked temporarily so it won't attempt to type as the ball is turning as that would damage the machine. Sometimes the shift mechanism can cause the keyboard to remain licked as the shift may not have finished it's complete cycle. Also, the return mechanism locks the keyboard temporarily when the carrier is returning to prevent you from typing when the carrier is moving backwards. Only a qualified technician can resolve those issues.
The video shows the models C, Selectric I, and Selectric II. If your typewriter doesn't compare to any of these in the video it is most likely a Selectric III. This will also help: The Selectric III featured a 96-character element vs. the previous
88-character element. IBM's series of "Electronic Typewriters" used this
same 96-character element. The 96-character elements can be identified
by yellow printing on the top plastic surface and the legend "96," which
always appears along with the font name and pitch. The 96- and
88-character elements are mechanically incompatible with each other
(they won't fit on each other's machines) and 96-character elements were
not available in as many fonts as the older 88-character types.
The cycle clutch has dried out and is causing the delay and lockup. These machines are to complex mechanically to repair on your own. I would try to seek out someone who still repairs these and have them do a general clean and lubrication.
Selectric III has two different ribbons the selectric II ribbon tha the ribbon guides are part of the macine and the "bicycle" ribbon that has the guides bilt into the ribbon. to replace the "bicycle" ribbon move pull the red lever on the right toward you, drop the ribbon in turn the knob a few times in the direction of the arrows, move the red lever back done. The other style move the lever, drop the ribbon in, be sure the ribbon is left of the slacker finger sticking up on the left,thread it tru the guides, turn the knob inthe direction of the arrows, move red lever back,done.