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Stuck carriage carriage does not return all the way to the home position, and makes a loud squealing sound as it stops

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    I just replaced the black drum and then getting this squealing sound


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Open the front and look at the horizontal bar that the head slides left and right on. It's the shiney one below the belt.
Clean it and lightly oil it with something like sewing machine oil, or a really soft grease all the way along. Also look at the rail at the top of where the head slides and do the same there.

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