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Slide bar for cartridges

The cartridge chamber slides back and forth real fast and does not stop in the middle to allow for cartridge reload. One of the problems is that the plastic strip that sits behind the cartridge chamber has torn at its end and is not able to stay on the strip holder. How do I repair this problem?

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Hi, click printer icon ,select printer setting .,cleck maintenance ,navigate below select replace ink cartridge , printer set in middle , unplug power cord to access repair or reload ,

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