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Strange part fell out!

Hi, Our copier has been making this weird quiet clicking sound for a while now, but has always worked just fine, so we didn't really think much of it. The following is a picture of a part that fell out today while I was removing the toner cartridge to shake it, and I was wondering if anyone knows where in the world it goes. http://i7.tinypic.com/4l3eqlc.jpg Thanks in advance for any help! :-) -Tim

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  • TEA-Time Sep 17, 2007

    Ah, I didn't relize I could add a picture here. I'll do that also.

    Thanks once more!

  • TEA-Time Sep 18, 2007

    Hi CopierOne, wish I was in Hawaii! :-)

    Thanks for your reply. I'm afraid I don't see anything like what you described. I'm quite good at following directions and am pretty mechanically inclined, but I see nothing with yellow end pieces. The transfer charger is the only thing I see with a wire in it, but that is mounted to the door on the right side by the bypass tray. Otherwise, the only things I see that "slide out" are the toner and drum cartridges. Does it go on the transfer charger or drum cartridge?

    Here is a link to its owner's manual:
    http://www.sharpusa.com/files/cop_man_AL...

    Page 11 of the PDF (9 of the manual itself) has the part names. Maybe that'll help us be on the same page.

    Thanks again!
    -Tim

  • TEA-Time Sep 18, 2007

    Hi CopierOne,

    Ok, I finally figured out where it goes with your help and why it fell out. It does go in the drum cartridge. There's a ~3/4" long plastic tab that one end goes over, which provides spring tension to keep the other end on the plastic tab that it goes over. Well, the spring tab cracked and released the tension, causing it to fall out. Just more proof that plastic and Arizona don't mix!

    We have no idea where the receipt is, and my boss thinks the copier was bought over 3 years ago, so we're just going to get another drum cartridge.

    Thanks again for the help!
    -Tim

  • TEA-Time Sep 19, 2007

    Hi Bill,

    You named it; Phoenix. We finally shook loose of the monsoon season last week, so we're back to the dry plastic killing weather that's all so common here. Maybe that's what caused that grid to finally let go completely after all this time of just making a clicking sound. Heh

    Well, enjoy your semi-"retirement" and thanks again for the help! I appreciate you explaining what the part is. I found it interesting.

    -Tim

  • TEA-Time Sep 19, 2007

    Hey Bill,

    I got to looking at it and figured I might be able to monkey rig it and it worked! I took some pieces of plastic (yay, more plastic! heh) and jammed them in between the broken tab and some plastic behind it. Things still slid around a bit, so I dribbled some acrylic glue (melts plasic; I work for an awards shop) over all the plastic and whala! We're back in business. :-)

    Thanks again,
    -Tim

  • TEA-Time Nov 30, 2007

    Hey Bill, you still out there in the middle of the ocean? :-)

    Our drum cartridge has reached its end of life. Oh well, at least I managed to give it a couple more months of life! Heh

    You mentioned your sons' copier business in Glendale. If you could check on a price for us, we'd appreciate it!

    To reiterate, the copier is a Sharp AL-1655CS and the drum cartridge we need is an AL-100DR. Our business' name is Fiesta Awards if you want to use that as a reference.

    Thanks, and hope to hear from you soon!

    -Tim

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That thing that fell out of the machine is called a corona grid and is part of the charge device that puts a charge on the drum that is the first step in the copy process. It is help in place by the 2 yellow end piecesof the charge unit. You can see it when you open the from door of the machine. It will be toward the top of the machine and about in the center. It will slide out and you will see a very thin wire that is running through the the channel between the two yellow end pieces. You may not be able to reattach the grid without the help of qualified technician, but it's worth a try. Let me know if this helps.

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    Bill Monroe Sep 18, 2007

    Alas, I do believe that the grid is part of the drum unit. I understand that that machine has a 3 year warranty on parts and a year on labor. You might want to check to see if you're still under warranty and if so, your problem will be fixed free of charge. That would be nice.

  • Bill Monroe
    Bill Monroe Sep 19, 2007

    Where is Arizona are you? I lived in the Phoenix area for 25+ years before I came over here to "retire". That lasted all of 5 weeks. Like they say, "Paradise don't come cheap."

    Aloha,
    Bill Monroe

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    Bill Monroe Sep 19, 2007

    Good job! THe drum unit on those machines probably cost a couple of hundred. Haven't checked lately.
    BTW My sons have a copier business in Glendale and the name of his outfit is Onaga Business Systems. They work on Sharp as well as a lot of others. If you need a technician in the future, you might give them a call if we can't fix it ourselves. If you have to buy a new drum unit, let me know and I can probably get it at cost.

    Aloha,
    Bill Monroe

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