Question about Kodak EASYSHARE Plus Series 3 Thermal Photo Printer
Only printing one side of photo paper on the left side and is streaking. The other side there is no picture. Tried to change cartridge, but does the same thing.
The problem is most likely a broken plastic lever on the end of the
shaft that moves the print head. The plastic lever is keyed to the
shaft by a flat on the shaft. The plastic has a tendency to split at
the edge of the flat, resulting in the lever slipping on the shaft.
This in turn results in one side of the print head not contacting the
paper with sufficient pressure. The other end of the shaft has a thick
plastic sector gear which is much less likely to break.
I fixed mine by making a clamp from a metal spacer (made from split tube about 1/8 inch long) and force fitting it over the part of the plastic lever that fits on the metal shaft (on the end towards the inside of the unit). There is just enough clearance to do this without hitting the print head frame.
To remove the plastic lever, first remove two screws from back of unit, then pull up on top of unit, unplug two ribbon cables from circuit board and remove top. Then unplug two remaining ribbon cables from circuit board, and three screws holding circuit board. Lift circuit board and fan/fan-holder as one piece. Finally, disengage tab on plastic retainer on end of metal shaft, rotate tab straight up and lift shaft up and to the side (may require a little wiggling). The plastic lever slides off the metal shaft.
Posted on Mar 20, 2009
THANKS GZURASKI !!!!!! I followed your how-to and fixed my problem,
same as described by the OP. Allow me to add a few things to your
- To unclip the 3 clamps holding the front of the top piece on, after removing the back 2 screws, gently wedge a pair of pliers in the side and push down on the top piece to 'lever' the first clip out. The others then pop right out easily.
- For the last step, removing the shaft and the end plastic 'arms', use pliers to grip the steel shaft and pry it straight up from the right side. You can push down on the print head for clearance. Slide the retainer off first, then wiggle the shaft out. PAY ATTENTION TO THE POSITION OF THE GEAR SECTOR before removing the shaft. I had to go back in and re-set the gear sector (on the right side of the shaft) after running a test. I set the print head down as far as it would go before hitting the ink cartridge, it should just clear it as it is inserted, about a millimeter.
- My repair 'collar' was a piece of copper tubing, drilled out with a 7/32" bit. I first dabbed some Crazy Glue into the crack on the plastic arm piece, pushed the collar over the broken cylinderpart on the inner side (as you suggest) then used a tiny socket and vice to press the arm onto the shaft. It's a very strong force-fit. Too bad this site doesn't support pictures, which I took to illustrate the procedure.
Posted on May 15, 2009
You have answered questions regarding people who have photo printers.
The questions asked are based on thermal transfer image printers, not
bubble jet as your answers seem to be based on.
FYI if people are having issues with their thermal printers, particularly with
pictures printing, "Printing" partial pages, how in the world could you
deduce that there is a driver issue? You've been more harmful than helpful.
If for some reason there is "No" printing being done, then sure 25% of the
problem could be drivers or firmware issues. However if it all of a sudden happens, then we have to think of it like a chain on a bicycle suddenly
breaking. Which in this case has a percentage of 50% or greater being
The lucky ones, (those w/ mechanical aptitude) can simply open the printer
and make the screw adjustment(don't get me wrong it's time consuming
and tedious) but the unlucky ones will find a cracked gear assembly which
depending on the seriousness may be able to be repaired with
"Model Glue". The recommended action is to follow your warranty, should
you not have one, guess what, these models are no longer manufactured
for this exact reason. Which is why Kodak changed the color to Black on
the new ones. So remember, if you buy it on sale... You now have full
experience as to why the item was on sale in the first place, same goes
with Manufacturer coupons as well!!!! If you want an item to last you
don't buy it on sale, that old wives tale of 'Overstocked Item' is a gimmick
and remember to follow the item you purchased at full price. If all of a
sudden the items price drops to half price, contact the manufacture to
find out why, you may have a hidden problem, and if you contact them
inside your warranty range you stand a good chance of receiving a voucher
for a replacement model to keep you from getting to the point you are in
currently. Good luck, and remember if it's on sale, you should reconsider how long you are going to long you need the product before you buy
it!!! Computer, Copier, Printer Technician 35 years..
Posted on Jul 07, 2008
Just wanted to say thanks to all those that contributed to this solution. I checked my own printer after it showed the same problems as described and sure enough, the little plastic lever had a crack in it. I doubt i would have spent enough time on troubleshooting the problem to find it on my own. I used a washer that I drilled out to 7/32nds and ground down to the proper diameter for my own fix. Thanks again, folks.
Posted on Jul 31, 2009
What is your solution to this problem? Please help, especialy now during the holidays.
Posted on Dec 20, 2007
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