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IBM Selectric II

I have a Selectric II that has not been used in roughly 10 years.  It turns on and the carriage strikes a few times and moves to the left.  However, there is no response when I press the keys.  I've fixed quite a few manual typewriters, but I'm at a loss with all the electric components.  Any suggestions? 

Thanks,  Lee

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    Peggy Bryant Russell Jun 15, 2008

    when you turn on the selectric typewriter the space bar works but the other keys there is no response. Any ideas what could be wrong? It is a Selectric II correcting typewriter.

  • timhoush Jun 23, 2008

    I have a whilwriter 5 it was working just fine, I corrected a word and it stopped printing, everything is working but it will not strike, did I put it into a code?

  • Anonymous Jun 25, 2008

    I also have a Selectric II correcting typewriter and the keys on it are stuck/froze - I'm thinking it may need to be cleaned.....but it was working ok before it locked up. do you think it could be anything else besides needing a good cleaning?

  • Anonymous Nov 06, 2008

    IBS Selectric III: When the room temperature is cool (60 degrees), and I use the correction key, it removes the error, however, the carriage then will not move. I take a hair dryer and direct warm air toward the carriage, which commences to function after a moment or two of directing the warm air on it. What might the problem be ... and how might I easily remedy it?



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Can I clean and lubricate it myself or do I have to pay someone

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Yes. From not being used in so long It needs a chemical cleaning or washout and lubrication. It may need a part or two also. Everything is gummed up. I have been repairing selectrics for 35 years. Lawrence

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Mr fixall is right. The grease in the machine gets clogged with dirt, and goes hard in cold weather. It will have to be washed out and regreased by an IBM trained tech

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Paper won't feed.
Typehead won't move across paper.
Just bought on E-Bay; feeling somewhat abused.

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