Question about Epson Perfection 4180 Photo Flatbed Scanner
I initiated a scan and the Epson 4180 scanner made a very loud rattat rattat rattat rattat noise and then ceased operating. I turned the scanner off and then on again and initiated another scan. Got the same loud rattat rattat rattat noise and scanner did nothing.
Looked into the scanner from above without opening the unit. The scan head is forward and apparently will not retract. The toothed plastic belt that moves the scan head appears to have been stretched just a bit but is not broken.
What should I do?
Check if you have a toggle lock at the back of your scanner, when you are facing the back of it, its on the right hand side near the tpu cable. toggle that 3x and make sure it on the UNLOCK position.
Posted on Mar 24, 2008
The problem with my Epson 4180 was broken guide tabs for the bracket that holds the tension pulley. To fix it, I removed the cover and the two small screws inside the holes where the cover posts go. The unit then will come apart by pulling the top (grey) section toward the front. This gives you access to the inside of the unit. There are two very flimsy plastic tabs which hold the moveable bracket in place toward the front of the unit. Both of them had broken in mine. I filed off the remainder of the tabs, drilled a pilot hole on each side of the bracket, and placed a self-tapping machine screw into each of the holes. The heads of the screws then hold the bracket in place, but still allow it to slide and provide the proper tension on the drive belt. Before you put in the second screw, place the drive belt around the pulley and make sure that the bracket is seated against the floor of the inside of the unit. Tighten the screws enough to hold the bracket in place but with enough clearance to allow it to move.
Posted on Sep 04, 2008
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