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Re: make grinding noise
If you will notice that there is a transparent film that the printhead goes through to be able to print. That transpatent film is actually coded to be able to tell the print head in which direction and when to print characters. It is dirty and you need to take like a q-tip with isopropyl alcohol to clean it so it knows where to print and does not go back and forth to find a position to print. God bless you.
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Sounds like a bearing problem. The gears are held in place by roller bearings, and they sometimes pack up. Working the machine with a bad bearing eventually grinds up the steel balls or rollers that the flanges roll on, and the bearing collapses completely. The bearing itself will announce its demise with a grinding sound, and worst case scenario the bearing is so far gone that the gears are running out of true with respect to one another, and this could be the grinding you are hearing.
Sounds like your Process Drive Assembly has broken its mounting posts and the gears are no longer meshing properly, causing the grinding noise. The drive assy is located on the right side of the machine toward the front. It is held in place with 3 screws. If you wiggle on the gear assy and it moves, then you should go ahead and replace the machine. This is not a do-it-yourself type of repair and should be left to a Xerox Certified Technician if you decide to repair the machine.
It sounds as if a pin or some small object may have slipped down and gotten lodged in the workings of the sewing machine. This could become a serious issue if it is not remedied. Remove the bobbin area cover under the sewing foot to look inside. If the noise is coming from one of the completely encased areas on the right side of the machine, there may be a problem with the gears rubbing against each other (disalignment). If this is the case, and the machine is still under warranty, I would return it to the place where you purchased it. If not, I would try to take a look and see if anything is lodge in the workings. Grinding noises are not good when it comes to machinery.
Mine was indeed a gear problem. Took off the top cover and poked around. Found two areas that may have caused the grinding. 1. The lower roller shaft had slid to the left out of it's groove. By removing the handset cradle (3 release tabs are accessed underneath the toner hatch.) I could loosen the "gear box" (a black contraption with all the gears inside) and then snug the bottom roller into proper position. 2. I removed the "gear box" to look around. Don't know if I dislodged one of the gears while doing so, but noticed one was dislodged ;-) This required opening up the gear box by removing 2 screws and lifting off the motor. Then i could get at a gear that had come loose from a claw sort of piece. Note: the teeth of the loose gear needed to be on the motor side when sliding it back into the claw thingy. It seems to use a metal clip for friction control and perhaps proper spacing.
I noticed "some" wearing of gears, but doubt this is an issue. This machine has been used VERY hard for years and now, just by re-aligning things, it works once again.
My googling barely found any mention of troubleshooting this machine, so I shudder to think what finding parts would be like.
I had a persistant grinding noise about 30 seconds after the printer finished printing. It's been going on about 2 months. I did one thing which seemed to work. So try opening the cover on the back of the machine by lifting upward on the gray lever in the middle of the back of the machine. Leave this cover open during and after printing. The grinding noise went away.
Hi Garvis, I see two possible issues with this machine. Either the pump bearing is out or a coin and or the gear case is failing.
Here is a good pic of the base;
Number 4 is your pump which is accesible by a panel on the back of your washer. I would pop this cover off and run the washer while examining with a flashlight watching out for the gear case in the center. Feel the pump for vibration matching the noise and check the movement of the tub to help locate the noise.
Not too good news I'm afraid. It sound like the fuser gear has failed. Generally the fuser unit (hot section or hot rollers in the back) need to be replaced. Usually when the gear has worn or failed the fuser rollers are also worn and need to be replaced. The gear can be replaced seperately but is a very risky operation and usually results in parts in the fuser unit falling appart due to age and wear, so it is best done as a unit. If possible do not run the machine as it can cause damage to gears around the fuser unit. The best option is to find out how much a fuser unit and labour to fit would be at your local service centre.
Sounds like it could be the toner cart is not mating properly. Sometimes this could be simply that the spring and flap arrangement on the plastic case of the cartridge has become misaligned. It is not necessary to have the flap(cover) present once the cartridge is installed in the machine. Just remove it in it's entirety if you can't re-align it.
Does it only make the noise when printing. Do you hear the noise when sending out faxes? I have heard grinding noises onlt when using poor quality toner refills, or the fuser gear and or drive gear asm is stripped. First try a known good OEM toner.