When we first dragged the typewriter in from the curb, we could hear the bell ring now and then when we played with the typewriter. On our typewriter, there is a soft bell that *dings* when you are about five spaces from the end of the line to alert you that you are about to hit the right margin.
After I blew out the dust and debris and cleaned it up with denatured alcohol, the margin bell stopped ringing all together. I was worried that I had broken something (spring?) in my cleaning.
I removed the top “hood” that protects the margin area:
I popped off the back and checked the bell:
I cleaned all the inner workings with denatured alcohol (being careful not to get it on the painted surfaces), paying special attention to a little wiggly pawl that hangs down and trips the bell when the carriage is within five spaces of the right margin.
The pawl was a little stiff with goo, but I got it to wiggle freely by painting it carefully with denatured alcohol. And guess what? The margin bell began to *ding*.