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Mechanism Error - Print Cradle won't move! - HP 5650

When printing a large print job on my HP 5650, the paper jammed. As I have done many times before, I removed the jammed paper and restarted the print job. However, the printer would NOT print. An error message appeared stating that there was a "mechanism error - print cradle will NOT move". So I checked the internal parts of the printer. There was nothing damaged or broken! Further inspection revealed a narrow plastic strip ( about 7 inches long and 2/16th imch wide) had been detached. That's it! The pulley and print cradle mechanism seem ok. I don't see how this narrow platic strip would matter. Help! Please advise.

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Re: Mechanism Error - Print Cradle won't move! - HP 5650

This "plastic strip" is called the "carriage encoder strip". This strip dictates the timing of the carriage assembly. If the end slots aren't broken, you can re-attach it. Otherwise, you'll need to replace it. They are about $10.

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