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Re: keyboard is malfunctioning
There are a few things that can cause this. Make sure the correction tape or ribbon is not caught in the printwheel. Make sure the ribbon guide fingers next to the cardholder (the ribbon and corr. tape should be on the other side of these), are not touching the printwheel. Look to make sure there is no forien object interfering with the printwheel. If you have taken the printwheel out, it may not be in properly. Look to see if any of the printwheel fingers are bent forward or backward. Turn machine off and back on, and let it reset. If it still doesn't work the main board may be bad.
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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 print solenoid has the plastic cap on the end broken or desintagrated. i fix this all the time. also make sure you didnt turn on the lang feature. that will keep your carrier in one spot for certain foreign symbols. to clear it hold down the features key next to the space bar and hit the lang key with the features key depressed. Lawrence