Actually it depends on when it was made, IBM used 2 Different versions of card holders on the Selectric II model, On early models the plastic piece is attached to a metal bracket that is screwed on to the print assembly, later models the plastic piece just snaps on, It is easier to get either style in and out if you remove the Platen first. The styles are not interchangeable, So you need to know which on it takes before getting a replacement.
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You have either a broken tilt tape or rotate tape. One controls the tilting of the element (ball) and the other controls the rotation of it. If either one is broken, you will need a qualified technician to replace it and make any adjustment necessary so it doesn't break again.
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.
It is under the right dust shield. The one that has the yellow lable.Once you get it off turn on the t.w. The hub just to the right of the center frame has a large torque spring with a small spring about an inch long that hooks on the end of that large spring, the small one has a hook on the end. If its missing or broken thats the problem. It also could need the spring that the shoe presses against cleaned. squirt some alchohol on it while its turning. get it between the white plastic shoe and the spring that rotates on the shaft. Lawrence
The return clutch torque limiter is off or broken. If you take the right dust cover off it is on the turning hub around the middle of the typewriter. a small spring about 1.25 inches long with a hook on the end. I have been fixing these for 35 years. good luck. Lawrence
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..