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Canon iP1800: Transparent Plastic Strip and a small metal clamp detached and the print head hits the inner walls on both sides loudly when switched on.

There is a small metal clamp and a transparent plastic strip which are detached from the printer and now the print head bangs on the inside on both sides every time it moves to the ends. I don't know how the strip and clamp came out but i remember this long strip was placed behind the print head from one end of the printer to the other.
If anyone could tell me what i should do now, I wouldn't have to take it to a service center. It's just a day old, not even used once.

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    same thing happened to me, I touched a small speice of plastic and it just fell out, now the heads bang left and right real hard and gives me the error ink cartridge not installed correct;yt

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