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IBM Selectric II ribbon will not lift and will not advance. Help?

Ribbon is outside 'tension' guide, and in 'Print' mode (no stencil).

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Make sure you are not in stencil position (lever at the front and just below ribbon cartridge on left shows S and R should be in R if it is in the right position check for broken teeth in the driver gears on the piece that swings back to change the ribbon

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SOURCE: Ribbon not advancing on Selectric II typewriter

on the left far side of the ribbon there is a white vertical post. the ribbon should be on the left side of that. also make sure you turn the ribbon the direction of the arrow (on the cassete) otherwise will need professional repair

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

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SOURCE: IBM Correcting Selectric II; correction ribbon frozen in front of typing ribbon.

Move the grey lever on the R. side of the carrier to the R. and remove correction tape, try the machine, if it seems to work OK install a new correction tape.

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Posted on May 28, 2009

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SOURCE: IBM Selectric II Ribbon Not Advancing

First check to be sure that the ribbon is on the left of the shock wire where it comes out of the cassette, if that is OK then check the ribbon driver it should move freely and swing to the ribbon take up spool. Some WD40 will free it up. Also be sire the ribbon is winding in the direction of the arrows.

DickyO

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

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SOURCE: How do you feed the ribbon through the lift guides

On the outside of both guides are top and bottom extensions that guide the ribbon other than that be sure it goes left od the white slacker finger just left of the ribbon.

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Posted on Nov 02, 2009

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Ribbon is not lifting to front of print ball IBM selectric


You may be in stencil. On the L. front of the ribbon deck is a grey slide push the button and move it to "R" position. It may also not be properly installed the ribbon must go to the left of the white finger on the L. side of the ribbon.

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I have a IBM Model 5651 Memory Typewriter (Selectric II carriage), and I cannot make the ribbon advance while typing. If I turn the ribbon it will type until the ‘ink’ runs out. It’s just not advancing. ...


If this takes a selectric II ribbon the Spiked driver may be gummed up. Remove the ribbon,
find the latch that holds the ribbon mech. open, release it the ribbon drive should swing freely to the right, if not spray some WD40 on the pivot point, above and below the arm then work it back and forth it should free up.

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The ribbon won't advance on my IBM Selectric III typewriter. It's a new ribbon and it's on the outside of the shock wire and the lever is closed.


When the lever closes does the driver move to the right and aganist the ribbon, they get gummed up and stay opened. If this is a generig ribbon the top of the ribbon cassette will sometimes get in the way. If the ribbon isn't lifting you may be in stencil .

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How do you feed the ribbon through the lift guides on a correcting Selectric II typewriter? The lift guides appear to be closed loops.


On the outside of both guides are top and bottom extensions that guide the ribbon other than that be sure it goes left od the white slacker finger just left of the ribbon.

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How to install a ribbon in an IBM selectric II typewriter


Pull the orange lever located on the carrier to the side. Make sure the ribbon passes through the ribbon lift guide next to the platen. The ribbon should go behind the the thick part of the guide and through the fingers to the inside on the outside of the guide. There is a wire (usually with a white platice roller on it) sticking up from the carrier. Maker sure the ribbon goes aroung the outside of the wire. Snap the ribbon down on the carrier then close the orange lever back in place.

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IBM Selectric II Ribbon Not Advancing


First check to be sure that the ribbon is on the left of the shock wire where it comes out of the cassette, if that is OK then check the ribbon driver it should move freely and swing to the ribbon take up spool. Some WD40 will free it up. Also be sire the ribbon is winding in the direction of the arrows.

DickyO

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Typewriter is working fine but won't type anything on the paper - new ribbon / new printwheel - no impression. Appears to be stuck on a "stencil" setting.


Put in a mulit part form, if it prints on the copies the ribbon isn't lifting, if it dosen't the plastic cap on the print solenoid needs replaced.

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Don't know how to load and string the ribbon on an ibm selectric


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.

DickyO

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IBM Selectric III Typewriter Ribbon help


There are two different ribbons for the selectric III one has the ribbon lift guides built into the ribbon the other the guides are part of the typewriter. The first is a General Ribbon T=387 the other is a G.R. T-385.

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Make sure it is outside the wire with the plastic sleeve located just past wher the ribbon exits the cartridge on the left side and that it is not in stencil position.

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