Epson 1280 Problem with Ink pad on right side of printer
I had cleaned my printer head a couple of times because the black was not working. After doing so, I notice that the right side of the printer was shiny with fresh wet ink. So I took a paper towel to blot it up. There is a little rectanglular pad on the right side and it pushed down a little by mistake when I blotted up the ink... and I noticed it stayed down... then when I touched it again it poped up on an angle... then a spring gave way and it became loose.
After that the print head started to move to the right and now the power light goes off and the ink/paper light stays on. According to the manual that means there is a jam.
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This isn't going to be fun but basically you need to get the spring back under that pad you've dislodged and then re-seat the pad in its proper position.
To do this you're probably going to need to: - remove the top lid - put some rubber gloves on (trust me on this one) :) - move the printhead out of the way to the left - relocate the spring and get it into position - note how the white plastic piece interacts or can connect with the piece to its right (think jigsaw or train carriage connections) - push the white plastic piece down again and up into the correct connecting position
This is just a rough guide as I don't have a 1280 to hand to act as a working model but that's more or less the design on this age printer and aside from being a bit messy and hit or miss the first time you do it, it's not impossible.
Removing the top of the printer may prove challenging but looking around for a service manual should provide the hints on screws to remove and tabs to press to get it off.
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The problem is the print head, The ink cartrige for this printer is just a little bottle of ink. What really causes problem in it IS THE CLOGGED HEAD. If you have skill to reach thepen of the head (part that touchs the paper) use a quill tip or rag soak on water and clean it. Or go to EPSON SITE AND ORDER A HEAD CLEANNER FLUID TO POUR INSIDE THE HEAD AND CLEAN IT.
The problem caused by waste ink at bottom plate arround head sprayer. Clean it. Turn off printer. Move head to center. Put wet tissue (with warm/hot water) upper head cleaning pad. Move head to right (parking position). wait for 10 minutes. Repeat it for 2-3 times. Check nozzle.
Remove the cartridge..... using a cotton bud clean the ink nozzle area on the cartridge for excess ink..take extra care not to damage the nozzles
... while at it take a piece of rag and try to clean the..service station area(this is where the cartridge goes to the side of the printer)for ink build ups....try to clean the rubbers that wipe the ink off the head as it runs across ..this is near the service station area clean well
it just requires cleaning..try to use little bit of cleaning solution that is available for that particular model..if not use bit of alcohol but do not use it on the cartridge itself ..make sure the alcohol is properly dried as not to damage the head
The ink jet printers have ink absorbing pads to catch and accumulate ink used to clean the printheads. The counter on MB counts number of head cleanings and printer startups (at every start up the heads are cleaned) and at preset number of cleaning alerts the operator that "printer needs maintenance" and sets the red light. You probably need a change ink absorbing pads (or wash them and dry 'em up) and then make a reset the count using printer Service Utility (can be downloaded from the web). To get to the ink absorbing pads is not easy - you need to remove the printer case - I am not familiar with 1280, but I did that on Epson 3000 & 5000 printers. In many cases the pads are actually OK , but the MB reaches the count and flags the pads.
Don't use nozzles clean function, besides ink consuming it can cause damages that cannot be fixed: black lines on the back side of the page that will be permanent. Instead put two photo paper together (2x260 gr) and push the two papers together into the printer while printing a motive including many colors. Do so a couple of times and the clogg usually disappears. Good luck! jonk
If you took out the sponge pad that runs left to right under the head and didn't put it back right the chances are the print head is catching on it and passing ink back and forth. Check the pas is sat correctly and clean under the print head with a light solvent cleaner like windowlene/windex liquid
I don't know if this will work on an Epson, but it does on Cannon. The pads on the cartridges or the ink jets in the printer head may be cloged with dry ink. Get some Q-tips and rubbing alcohol (water is a poor substitute). Take out the ink cartridges and touch the pad on the bottom with a Q-tip (one for each color). If there is color the cartridge pad is OK. Take a fresh Q-tip dip it in rubbing alcohol and GENTLY rub the little holes on the bottom of the plastic box the cartridges go in. Thse are the print head jets. You should see color. You may need to clean it a couple of times if the ink has dried down into the jets. It is OK to have the Q-tip pretty wet, but not dripping.
One of the best possible solution that we can suggest is to run a cleaning cycle for three times. Just to make sure that cleaning is effective please try the step below:
1. Using your computer go to printer utility.
2. Click on Maintenance then select Head Cleaning. Head cleaning usually took 1 minute.
3. Once the Head Cleaning is done Print a nozzle pattern to check whether the head cleaning is effective or not.
Repeat those steps for 3 times. If the nozzle pattern after 3 cleaning cycles still bad. Reseat ink cartridge if possible replace the ink cartridges.
After all those steps and issue still present printer needs to be in service.