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Printer light is saying clear carrier and making a loud noise

My printer light is saying clear carrier and it is making a loud banging sound from side to side I have turned off the printer and reloaded the carriage back in the printer still doing the same thing

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  • cathygraceca Jun 01, 2009

    printer is saying clear carrier jam and press the carrier is going from one side to the other on the printer and making a loud banging sound like it is hitting the sides of the printer

  • cathygraceca Jun 01, 2009

    I am not a computer or printer expert at all so can you please tell me how to find out if this is the problems or not where do I start or who do I contact


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Hi Cathy,

I understand that you are having printer problem right now. You hear a loud banging sound whenever you turn your printer on.

Sound like your printer has broken or damaged gears. You need to disassemble your printer to find and remove then replace the damaged gears (usually they are the gears from the toner cartridge housing). If you are unsure how to do this. You need to contact a technician to do it for you. You might end up spending more if you try to take care of the problem by yourself. Let the experts handle this one.

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Posted on Jun 01, 2009

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    Jac Lawrence Pimentel Jun 01, 2009

    You need to contact dell for your Dell all-in-one printer. 1-866-955-2251 ... they have 24/7 support

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    Jac Lawrence Pimentel Jun 01, 2009

    Banging sound from printers = serious mechanical problem. Right now, do not turn your printer on as this might make the problem worse. Just contact Dell through the number that I gave you earlier. If your printer is still under warranty. Then You should get free repair or replacement for your printer. Just tell em that the printer just broke down. Never tell them that you used replacement toners. trust me, I used to work for dell support.


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Hi..the reason to this problem may be due to the rollers.
It sounds like a roller problem.once you have the problem
with the rollers you get a loud grinding noise.
check it out..
thank u..
kindly rate my response..

Posted on Jun 01, 2009

  • Hariharanath V Jun 01, 2009

    It is one of the common problem in

    the printer.


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Diag : bad carriage or severe carriage jam
prog: Repair/clear jame if any or new printer

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  2. Lift the cover on the printer.

  3. Using a dry, lint free cloth, pinch the encoder strip on the right-hand side of the cartridge carriage and pull your fingers across it toward the right-hand side of the printer99d8177.jpg
Figure 1: The Encoder Strip to the right of the cartridge carrier. The encoder strip is a narrow band of clear plastic and can be difficult to see without direct lighting.

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Figure 2: The encoder strip to the left of the cartridge carrier.

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