The axle (?) that fits into the brew group seems to be struggling
When I turn the machine on, it's self test seems to go much much slower than usual. It sounds like it's struggling almost to a grinding sound. It will make espresso but the puck chamber (?) doesn't fully go back under the grounds chute so ground fall down into the brew group and catch tray.
I thought it was the brew group but used a screw driver to turn it on with the door open and the brew group in and out and it seems like it's excruciatingly slow self testing and getting ready.
Is it possible the crenallated axle (?) needs lubricating? I'm pretty handy and pretty much took the brew group apart and lube it and put it back together based on the specs I downloaded.
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Brew group blocked is normally displayed when there is no water flowing through the brew unit. Remove the brew unit and use a small screwdriver(make sure machine is off and cooled), then gently lift up on cross section fitting on white plastic valve inside the machine, if water flows out it works, now we will plug in machine keep brew unit out and turn it on and press fitting in again, if water flows and pump kicks in and water flows out from valve and not under machine you are good, The coffee grind might be too fine and needs to be adjusted to coarser.
Its hard to say with what you have said, but if the brew unit was cycling slowly, it may be the board. Close the door and make sure that everything is in but the brew unit. Turn the machine on and see if it cycles the gear in back to the starting point. It may take a few minutes to cycle if its the board. If it returns its the board. I have some boards.
Hi To return the brew group to the centered position, you first need to drop the funnel. To do this, look on the opposite side of the brew group from the handle. At the top you will see an object that looks like a sharks fin. If you follow this piece down you will see 2 horizontal bars on the brew group body. Push your finger between these 2 bars and the funnel will drop. Now you can push the puck slide on the left side down and to the center. (You can insert your key into the hole in the front and twist the key to return the brew unit to the center. Line up the 2 diamonds and it centered) If you look down through the funnel you should see a piston. This should be centered in the funnel. If not, locate the slide on the left side of the brew unit,(it should be hanging down, a flat rectangular piece attached to the cylinder) and push the slide to the right until it does. Push the press button and you are now ready to reinsert the brew group in to the machine. First you must insert the drip tray and dredge drawer, close the door and turn on the machine without having the brew group in. Turn the machine on. You will hear the motor turn on and when it stops completely, open the door and remove the tray, now insert the brew group and replace the tray, and test.
Brew group stuck? Close service door and insert only the tall grounds container. Tilt it so it fits in under the flat coffee pat rejection scoop on the left hand side of the brew group as this is likely to be sticking out. The grounds container has a metal bit in the back that affects a magnet reed sensor. We are trying to fool the machine into stopping at the correct location. Turn the machine on. The drive spindle should rotate. As soon as you can easily remove the grounds container, turn the machine off. You should be able to remove the brew group. The idea is to get the drive spindle (part 22 in the parts diagram) in the correct position so the water inlet in the rear of the brew group can clear the pin boiler (part 10).
How to realign/reset the machine - is another problem i am working on.
Remove the dredge drawer. Open the right side door. On the left side and towards the back of the brew group, there is a single screw. Remove the screw. Grab the handle and pull carefully, but firmly with a ****. The brew group should come out. There is a piece that remains in the machine. Slide the piece down and to the right and it will come off. Insert the piece into the hole on the backside of the brew group with the clip up. Tighten the screw and move brew group back into position. If your brew group did not come out please give us a call. To return the brew group to the centered position, you first need to drop the funnel. To do this look on the opposite side of the brew group from the handle. At the top you will see an object that looks like a sharks fin. If you follow this piece down you will see 2 horizontal bars on the brew group body. Push your finger between these 2 bars and the funnel will drop. Now you can push the puck slide on the left side down and to the center. If you look down through the funnel you should see a piston. This should be centered in the funnel. If not just push the slide to the right until it does. Push the press button and you are now ready to reinsert the brew group in to the machine. First you must close the door and turn on the machine without having the brew group in. You will hear the motor turn on and when it stops completely, open the door and insert the brew group.
Brew group light is lighting. Could be a number of things....
Machine may need to be primed. Try turning on the steam valve and let some water threw. See if that helps.
If you can't get the brew drive out, its jammed. You could try unplugging it for about a day, and then plugging it in, sometimes it will reset it self. Else it has to be brought back in, should take 5 minutes to do.
It could also be the descaler light popped on. hold down the steam button and it may turn off.
It could also be a sensor that wasn't put back properly.
Its hard to really say, the light diagnostic system for magic's isn't the best.
Could be a number of reasons. If you "hear" the brew group moving in one direction, stop and then move again, then the microswitches are o.k. If the sound of the movement is low and/or slow ( slower that normal), the CPU/power board may be bad and needs to be replace. If the movement is as before (same sound and movement) but not lining up, perhaps the brew drive motor is bad. To remedy this situation, an authorized SAECO Service Center would have to open your machine and replace damaged components. Contact Saeco USA Inc. to located a Service Center near you at 800-933-7876 (toll-free), ask for customer support, or contact SAECO via e-mail at : firstname.lastname@example.org
This has happened to me. If the problem is the brew group gear is in the wrong position, you can manipulate the brew group until it matches up with the drive gear in the machine. You'll know it matches if you can insert the brew group back in the machine full until it clicks.