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Discussion in 'Troubleshooting and Repair' started by Gilly, Aug 24, 2009.

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  1. Gilly


    Aug 24, 2009
    (Trying this in the forum as well as newsgroups, unsure of the difference)
    I have a couple old Selectrics, a II and a III. I use them for hand-typing title strips for my jukebox, so not used much. Which I know, just like a jukebox, is bad for them to not be used regularly.
    But they seem so darn bullet-proof, that it's hard to believe I now have to train myself to fix a Selectric!
    On the III, it stopped returning the carriage. Now, just in the little bit I have self-taught myself tonight, my description is this: something is wrong. LOL!
    The rope which advances the carriage was wrapped around the pulley(drum?) that tugs on the rope, and the wire cable is disconnected. I do see all the assosiated pulleys and also the cable drum for the return cable. The operation of the rope and cable "seem" to somehow be related to pressing a key I don't think I've ever used, "EXP", which my wife says means "Express". I can hook everything where they need to be, I think all I am lacking is knowing what order to do things in. Oh also there is that spring on the back of the mechanism (other side of the electrical switch, which I have moved out of the way) and need to know when that gets installed also (it fell off, but I see how it is held in place with the three "ears".
    Thanks much for any info!
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