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Print is dragging on my HP450C

I purchased paper direct from HP but is still dragging

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  • ridgewayserv Jan 12, 2009

    I've tried to push the rollers backward but it takes a lot to move it. Any idea what else the problem could be.




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Dragging is caused by the over drive clutch not working. Open the cover and lift up the black bar with the stars on it. The roller beneath the bar should roll towards you but not backwards. If it goes backward the overdrive clutch needs to be oiled. Not easy to get to, you have to remove the top cover and left side cover and follow the roller to the correct gear/clutch.

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

  • kev442 Jan 14, 2009

    Check the bottom of all the inks for build up of gunky ink. If you find ink build up, clean the bottom of the carriage too. if you find black ink all over the bottom of the inks/carriage, it means the spittoon is overfull. If you find no ink build up on the bottom and things are still dragging, there is an adjustment screw for the carriage. That is a pain to get at and I've only needed to do it twice in 100 machine installs.

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  • Use the correct paper type for the project. For everyday documents, plain paper works well. For documents with dense printing, such as high-contrast graphics or photographs, use HP Advanced paper for the best results.
  • If these steps do not help, try a different paper. Ink might not bleed as easily on heavier paper. Paper that does not accept ink well is also prone to bleeding and smearing. HP designs its inks and papers to work together.
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