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Making a grinding noise. It sounds like to printer head is hitting the sides of the printer

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What you may find is that there is a large buildup of dried ink in an area on the right side of the printer that's jamming the head and making it sound like that. Open the top cover and look underneath where the pushbuttons are on the right side to find it.
It is the result of years of cartridge self-cleaning into a little sponge there - I used a pair of needle nosed pliers to get rid of it and my printer's back in action.

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