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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.

HELP..... I have about 5 jobs I need to print.

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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.

Hope that helps and best of luck..

Posted on Feb 15, 2009

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