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How to clean typewriter smith corona

Periodically clean the typeface with a brush or an approved type cleaner. For surfaces without a textured finish, you can use a 'fingernail' brush and a solution of baking soda and mild dishwashing detergent. Be liberal with the baking soda and conservative with the dishwashing detergent. The detergent helps remove oils. If your typewriter has glass panels on the side, use white vinegar to clean them. Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle and lightly spray the glass panels. Rub the glass panels with a cleaning cloth to achieve a shiny, glossy look. SCGalaxieIIbooklet.pdf (xavier.edu)
5/10/2024 4:18:08 PM • Smith Corona... • Answered on May 10, 2024
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Smith Corona XD 5500 - cant make work buttons except a few

If your Smith Corona XD 5500 typewriter is only producing specific characters and some buttons are not working, there are a few potential issues you can investigate:
  1. Check for Stuck Keys: Make sure none of the keys are physically stuck or jammed. Press each key to see if they respond properly and if any are consistently stuck in the down position.
  2. Clean the Typewriter Mechanism: Over time, typewriters can accumulate dust, debris, or dried ink, which may impede the movement of keys. Use compressed air to blow out any dust and try to clean the typewriter mechanism.
  3. Inspect the Ribbon and Correction Tape: Check the typewriter ribbon and correction tape. If the ribbon is improperly installed or the correction tape is stuck, it can affect the functioning of the keys. Ensure that the ribbon and correction tape are correctly threaded.
  4. Check for Mechanical Issues: Inspect the internal components for any visible signs of damage or misalignment. Ensure that all the moving parts are functioning smoothly. If you notice any broken or misaligned parts, you may need to seek professional repair.
  5. Verify the Keyboard Switch: Some typewriters have a switch to toggle between different character sets or functions. Check the user manual for your specific model to see if there's a switch that might be affecting the keyboard.
  6. Test the Typewriter in Manual Mode: Most typewriters have a manual mode where you can type without the ribbon or correction tape engaged. Test the typewriter in manual mode to see if the issue persists. This can help determine if the problem is related to the typing mechanism or the printing elements.
  7. Consult the User Manual: Refer to the user manual for your Smith Corona XD 5500 for troubleshooting tips and information about the specific features of your typewriter.
  8. Professional Repair: If the issue persists and you're unable to identify or resolve the problem, it may be necessary to seek professional repair. Contact a typewriter repair specialist or a local office equipment repair service for assistance.
Remember that working with vintage typewriters may require specialized knowledge, and attempting to disassemble the typewriter without proper expertise can lead to further damage. If in doubt, it's advisable to seek professional assistance for repairs.
11/19/2023 8:58:06 PM • Smith Corona... • Answered on Nov 19, 2023
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Smith Corona CXL 4200 Typewriter. How to stop the random typing on it.

Question edited for clarity. It probably has sticky keys due to non-use and storage for 20 years. Spray under the keys with electrical switch cleaner and agitate all the keys with it powered off. If that doesn't work, you can get another one for $45. They went the way of the dodo since computers and printers became commonplace. https://www.google.com/search?q=smith+corona+cxl+4200 ..
9/28/2023 4:28:21 PM • Smith Corona... • Answered on Sep 28, 2023
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Smith Corona se100 print head travels to extreme left, buzzes then powers down.

It sounds like there may be an issue with the print head carriage on your Smith Corona SE100 typewriter. Here are some steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue:
  1. Check for any obstructions: Make sure that there are no obstructions blocking the print head carriage from moving freely. If there are any obstructions, remove them carefully.
  2. Clean the print head carriage: Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe the print head carriage and ensure it is clean and free of any dust or debris.
  3. Check the power supply: Make sure that the typewriter is properly plugged in and receiving power. Check the power cord and outlet for any issues.
  4. Try resetting the typewriter: Turn off the typewriter and unplug it from the power source for a few minutes. Then, plug it back in and turn it on again to see if the issue has resolved.
If none of these steps resolve the issue, it may be a more serious issue with the print head carriage or other internal components. In that case, it may be best to take the typewriter to a professional repair shop or contact the manufacturer for assistance.
2/24/2023 3:10:12 PM • Smith Corona... • Answered on Feb 24, 2023
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My Smith Corona SL 80 is not typin. The ribbon does not turn The spinweelis moving

I suspect it needs servicing but where you would find an engineer to service it is anyones guess. I would contact there web site and ask ... if they are still going that is.
8/22/2022 8:35:34 PM • Smith Corona... • Answered on Aug 22, 2022
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My Smith Corona PWP 55D is striking in the middle of the correct letter on the wheel and the next letter.

Question edited for clarity and spelling 'weel' > wheel. You can try another font wheel, but it is likely to be the same. From a distant memory of using Daisy Wheel Printers, isn't there a setting you have to change depending on the pitch (size) of the font and wheel you are using? If not is likely needs cleaning, servicing and lubricating. https://www.google.com/search?q=Smith+Corona+PWP+55D ..
7/9/2022 10:15:29 PM • Smith Corona... • Answered on Jul 09, 2022
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How do you change the font (to Elite) on a Smith Corona 2200 Chronamatic electric?

The only machines you can change font is those with a Daisy Wheel or a Golf Ball.
4/25/2022 10:19:16 PM • Smith Corona... • Answered on Apr 25, 2022
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Smith corona DeVille 650

Take the ribbon off and see if the driven spool turns? It is does, replace the ribbon with a new one. If it doesn't you need service.
4/25/2022 10:13:59 PM • Smith Corona... • Answered on Apr 25, 2022
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Smith Corona XL 1500. How do I insert ink ribbon? The spokes in typewriter appear too wide for cassette??

There is some help here and a manual to purchase for $8.95. You realise the keys only strike one at a time, dead centre of the cassette? They don't need much room. https://www.google.com/search?q=smith+corona+xl+1500+manual There appears to be three types of ribbon cassette!! https://www.google.com/search?q=smith+corona+xl+1500+ribbon ..
4/25/2022 7:11:17 PM • Smith Corona... • Answered on Apr 25, 2022
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I have a Smith Corona the office memory 2000 typewriter.

With these machines, there is a setting to put the typing into memory. Then you read it, edit it and then you press a button to tell it to print. Then there is the setting to type as normal. https://www.google.com/search?q=smith+corona+the+office+2000+memory+typewriter+manual ..
3/29/2022 8:42:46 PM • Smith Corona... • Answered on Mar 29, 2022
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Smith Corona XD 5500 Cord replacement a problem?

The images that show the power cord show it to be a fairly substantial chunk of wire. A fuse only blows though if something shorts but I guess if the resistance gets too much. https://www.google.com/search?q=Smith+Corona+XD5500+power+cord ..
3/15/2022 10:04:39 PM • Smith Corona... • Answered on Mar 15, 2022
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Got a used Smith Corona SL470 portable electronic typewriter.

Question edited for clarity, make and model (what it is). Question moved to Smith Corona. You have a stuck key, the one that is typing the same letter! It probably needs a good service as no one has used a portable typewriter for 30 - 35 years :>D https://www.google.com/search?q=SL470+stuck+key ..
2/1/2022 4:50:04 AM • Smith Corona... • Answered on Feb 01, 2022
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Smith corona SE100 Typewriter, need the printer ribbon gear

Question edited for Clarity. Almost certainly nowhere. Sears advertises 'parts', but only the ribbon and says they are obsolete and no replacements. The computer and computer printer has killed the typewriter market. You might get a used one on eBay and strip it for spares. https://www.google.com/search?q=smith+corona+se100+spare+parts ..
10/16/2021 9:51:47 PM • Smith Corona... • Answered on Oct 16, 2021
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While typing on my Smith

While typing on my Smith Corona KA13, suddenly different letters and characters would type instead of the ones I was typing. Like an "H" instead of an "R". An "S" instead of a "D"..... Any help please..
6/16/2021 5:10:14 PM • Smith Corona... • Answered on Jun 16, 2021
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