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IBM Selectric II Correcting Carriage Returns part way with each return

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  1. Mike from DC

    Mike from DC

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    Hi, I recently purchased an IBM Selectric II Correcting typewriter. It is in overall excellent condition and seems to work fine with one exception, when I get to the end of the line and hit return, the carriage only returns about a quarter of the way. With each successive press of the return it returns another 1/4, finally getting back to the home position. I have only used a Selectric occasionally over the years, so am not familiar with all the settings, but I can't find anything that would set a back stop. Any ideas whether is it broken or just has some setting I'm unfamiliar with?

    Thanks in advance for your input.

    Best regards,

    Mike
     
  2. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

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    This may help if it is an issue of cleaning needed.

    Here's a manual . Some margins may have been set and may need resetting.
     
  3. Mike from DC

    Mike from DC

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    Harald, Thank you for your post. I read through the manual and it seems that it was tabs. Not sure why they worked in reverse, but once I cleared all the tabs I no longer got the stops on return.

    Regards,

    Mike
     
  4. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

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    I'm glad it was that simple.

    Harald
     
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