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Loose Parts?? Parts have come loose inside the printer. Looking inside,from the front, there's a thin plastic strip that's connected to a post on the back wall. The other end of the strip is flapping in the breeze. Also, there's a spring, one end of which seems to be connected to the same post as the strip. The other end is just hanging down.

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  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2008

    The encoder strip came loose on both ends on my Dell 720 ink jet printer. How do I hook it back up?

  • IreneC Apr 30, 2008

    The same thing happened to my Lexmark Z55- it came right out onto the floor when I shook and turned it upside down to get something out that had fallen in- (lesson learned).

    I don't know what to attach it to on either side. I have directions for getting it on the back of the printer cartridge (thank you, Silly Girl) but not either side.

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    Cheryl Cassidy Nov 24, 2008

    the encoder strip has come off my f80 and can't figure out how to get it back on - it is not torn, etc.

  • Chris Lemke May 11, 2010

    New printer time... period.



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Sounds like the Encoder Strip, but without the Brand Printer and model number, I cant be 100% sure.
If it is the encoder strip, this is what the printer uses to tell where the carrriage is located at. Without it, the printer won't work.
You can try to repair but it will take a little time. 1st make sure that the encoder strip isn't torn at either ends where the spring goes in.
The encoder strip goes from 1 end to the other end, and it also goes through a small opening in the back of the carriage unit.
If you have a make and model, I could be a little more specific.

Good luck.

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Suggest you replace the LCD screen, pearlboslem. It is damaged.

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When i opened my lexmark 1200 printer to replace the ink cartridges, i noticed a long thin strip of plastic was loose. and now the cartridges dont move back and forth smoothly but clunk to either side and...

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If you need some graphical reference, please refer to this article: Printer Cartridge Stalls or Is Blocked .

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