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My Smith Corona SL500 will not type the correct letters. If I type a "J", I get a "?". What is wrong with it?

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Most likely bad printwheel, spokes may be catching on the ribbon and not going to home position. Try a new wheel, and or make sure carrier is returning to home position every time. make with white out the top of the print wheel spoke at home position and make sure it always comes back to that spot when you turn machine on and off and on. This will tell you if the machine is starting in the same place every time.

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SOURCE: fitting new ribbons to smith corona 100 electric typewriter

the lift of tape has a dull side and a bright side make sure the dull side is toward the paper then press and hold the code key and the = key to reset the typewriter also see page 6 in the owners manual

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I agree with JUSTOLDJIM. I recently found a 3L near the dumpster at my townhome. I took it in a looked at it. There is a black and white ribbon used for typing and erasure of ink.

As far as the TAB goes, I haven't used them yet.

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SOURCE: Need owners manual:

I have been unable to find a site where you can download a Smith Corona typewriter manual. However, you can try going to Will Repair Service. They carry manuals of every Smith Corona typewriter ever made, and you should be able to find a manual for your particular typewriter there. I find them to be a very helpful and trustworthy typewriter shop.


Best of luck to you! :-)

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SOURCE: lost manual for Smith Corona sl 575 spell right typewriter

how do I replace the correcting tape in my Smith Corona Spell Write XD6600?

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