The IBM Selectric ii at work types and everything but when you hit a key it responds with the wrong letter, example is that when you push the "j" you type a "f" any suggestions as to what is wrong with it???
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Re: Types wrong keys
I have been repairing these for 30 years. It needs the alignment adjusted. You need to take to someone who knows this t.w. Its hard to explain how to do it if you dont have experience. It also could be the element(BALL). Take it off and see if the underside is missing any teeth or the inner hub is cracked. If the flat metal band that runs under the carrier and across the typewriter isnt broken you need adjustments or a real good cleaning. Hope that helps. Lawrence
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Try holding the code key and pressing the "L". If that dosen't do it remove the batteries turn it off wait a minite and restart this will put everything at default setting and clear the memory. If you still have the problem Press code "L" hold down the "L" type 001 to set the keyboard to U.S. If this works you need a keyboard for a permanent repair. For a keyboard contact Geo. Beyers Co. @ 800-392-8085.
If you know how to remove the right dust cover (black inside the T/W below the carrier) next to the R. side frame is the correction set up mech. spray some WD40 on the arms especially where they pivot, they should free up.
Selectric I and II type elements are identical (88 char) where Selectric III uses a different element (96 char). The 88 character element will have white lettering and the 96 character element will have yellow. Directly underneath the lift-up tab to remove the element will be a 3-digit number. That's the last 3 digits of the element's part number, which will be preceeded by 1167 for 88 character, or 1352 or 96 character. For example, if you have a '052" stamped on the element, and it's an 88 character style, the P/N will be 1167052.
The correcting mechanism is an intricate additional function of the backspace function. To test it/adjust it/or repair it requires the machine be hand-cycled using a hand cycle wheel which is screwed into the right hand side operational shaft. It's unlikely that an un-trained party would be successful repairing this..