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Troubleshoot a Smith Corona sl470 Typewriter

If you press the z key you get some other letter or symbol instead. What can I do to correct this problem? I use it a lot and want to fix it so any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.

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September 6, 20170 found this helpful

Examine the mechanical cause for incorrect characters

Step 1
Remove the daisy wheel and look for any damage to the petals. There is a spring loaded pin near the center of the daisy wheel hub. You should be able to depress it using gentle pressure. If the pin does not move, is missing or any petal is damaged, replace the daisy wheel before continuing


Step 2
Insert the daisy wheel into the carriage. Press the black locking lever towards the platen until it clicks, to lock the daisy wheel in place. Close the cover and turn on the typewriter.

Step 3
Open the cover and remove the daisy wheel. The comma should be at the top. If the comma is at the top, the homing mechanism is working correctly. If the comma is not at the top, the typewriter may require service. Reinstall the daisy wheel, press the black lever towards the platen and close the cover. Type a few words to see if the problem has been resolved.

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