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I HAVE A XEROX 8560 THAT I AM GETTING BLURRED PRINT WITH, I DID THE CLEANING CYCLE AND THAT WORKED FOR A DAY AND A HALF. NOW THE FIRST TWO PAGES LOOK GOOD AND ALL THE REST ARE BLURRED?

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  • Anonymous May 21, 2009

    Intermitten blurred printing, followed the five FAQs and possible solutions, nothing worked....not sure Xerox knows what the problem is.

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Oil from the drum has ran off over the drum encoder position sensor.

Take the right cover off and find the fan. Remove it and loosen the clear plastic sensor cover underneatch. Clean the sensor and generally with Isopropyl and Q-tip.

Clean the nearby wires and anything that might be transporting more oil back to your sensor

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    Blaine Transue Sep 09, 2010

    wrinaldo...I'm not going to get too elated yet, but definitely tomorrow. While it wasn't easy based on the description to get to the sensor, I did manage to get this puppy apart and clean the sensor. I might add that it's the "film" that runs through the sensor that needed to be cleaned, and as you mentioned, any other pieces, including the backing that the film adheres to. In our case, I assume this happened when we moved our office and the printer was perhaps put in a compromising position, although I don't really know, since I didn't move it. There is one tricky bit, and that's that there appears to be an alignment mark on the film. Having not paid attention to it when I removed the film, I could only assume that the printer was smart enough to set itself to that particular position when I powered it down, and that the only logical thing to do was center the line in the the middle of the sensor when I put it back. Would love to know if that's indeed true, or if it does not matter. In any case, all of the test pages printed properly, and subsequent prints have so far been fine. Since I couldn't print anything prior to this that wasn't blurred, I'm going to cross my fingers and hope that this indeed fixed our problem. So, am I correct that the oily film simply throws the sensor out of what, so it basically doesn't get things "lined up" properly (lay man's description admittedly). Also, I notice that there is a light gray ring around the outer rim of the film...I assume it serves a purpose,would love to know what.

    In any case, thank you. It seems you earned that "guru" status.

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