Question about Epson Stylus 830U InkJet Photo Printer
As of yesterday my 830u goes straight to default and the cartridge carrier runs from left to right and makes a grinding noise,
It sounds like the print head is jamming on the parking mechanism (usually because the actuation lever is stuck in the up position). Turn the printer on, and as soon as the print head moves, pull the power cord out of the back, or switch it off at the mains. You should now be able to move the print head over to the left by hand out of the way. Now look in the "parking bay" at the right end where the print head parks itself and see if there is a plastic arm sticking up. If there is, gently pull it towards you and it should spring down. Now turn the printer back on and it should operate normally. If it happens again, repeat the process a few times to see if it clears the problem. Otherwise it means the parking mechanism is gummed up with dried ink and needs a good clean (see below).
Alternatively, if you see that the whole parking mechanism itself has moved up to block the way, this means a spring has come off. To get this back on again requires the printer to be dismantled - as does the cleaning job above!
Should you decide to have a go at cleaning or re-fixing the spring, the first thing to do is to download the service manual from:
- so you can see how to remove the case etc. Let me know if you are going to do this because, when you have got the printer covers off etc, you will some tips on how to get this blasted spring back on again!
Posted on Feb 01, 2009
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