Question about Epson Stylus C42UX InkJet Printer
Once turned on and as it is getting set to print the cartridge gets stuck on the right side (my right side while facing it) and then will continously click in place till it stops. Once it stops the red light on top for ink or paper will turn on.
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 hand 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), or some other mechanism fault.
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! If you want to have a go at doing this yourself, please report back for help on this.
If neither of these apply, please report back for further help.
Posted on Feb 10, 2009
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