Lexmark x1185 nylon strap behind print cartridges fell off
I see where this is to reattach at either end of the carriage, but I can't feed it through behind the print cartridges correctly - there is too much slack remaining.
Is there a picture or manual I can download that shows how to thread this nylon strap behind the printer cartidges?
What is its function?
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It sounds like this is the is the position indicator tape. There should be a small hole on both ends of it that fits over a small plastic tab on eich side of the printer. It normally needs to fit in a small **** on the back side of the print carriage.
With the printer turned off & preferably unplugged, gently slide the print carriage to the center of its range of motion. Ensure that this plastic strip is still attached on the opposite end and it feeds through the back of the print carriage. There should be a small tab to attach the free end to similar to what you see on the other end. The strip should be taut but not tight enough to stretch and it should not sag. Exactly where the attach vary somewhat depending on make and model, but they are all similar.
I just fixed this problem on a Lexmark X3350. All you have to do is feed it behind the cartridges through the grooves and hook it on one end and then on the other with a small spring. The notch with the small print in it also rests on a small metal post to make sure it doesn't go too far in either direction. It makes it a lot easier if you take apart the top to get in there. Of course this was done on a Lexmark X3350, but it should be the same principal.
Yea I had the exact same problem with my Lexmark X1185 Was very lucky I didnt throw out the clear strip thingie before learning what it was :)
Anyways the strip itself passes through a shader sensor located on the rear or the cartridge carrier.( see pic 1 ) .and is required by the cartridge carrier to calculate its position. Without it the cartridge slams into the side of the printer & fails to work.
Fixing it is pretty easy using these photo's I took whilst repairing my X1185 with the same problem. It's cause was the tension spring (circled yellow below) had just uncurled and let go of the sensor strip
looks like you may need to replace the black cartridge. usually when you open the cover of your printer, cartridge carrier will move to the center. that's where the cartridges are, you can open it buy pushing it down and release it.
you can also checked lexmark site for this
check out this link too. x1185 and x1100 are most likely the same.