I had the same problem as some others with a grinding noise after printing ceased. I noticed a belt approximately 1/8" wide was fraying. This belt appeared to help move the printing carriage from side to side. The last time I looked the belt had broken in two. Should I take this to a professional or is this something I can order and replace myself? My printer is almost 6 yrs old. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated!
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whining and grinding most likely mean belt or coupler is binding or broken away unplug unit and open access panel or [remove water first]lay on side and access motor from bottom if belt driven check belt if frayed or broken replace-if has coupler [looks like a star shaped hard rubber /plastic piece between motor and trans] if broken pieces on floor or shredded replace- part's can be bought online-appliance stores coupler not expensive and both parts easy replacement good luck
This problem sounds like it could be serveal different thing. A motor that has a broken coupler will make a grinding sound. This machine does not use a belt. A gearcase can aslo make a loud noise when defective. Once I found a wire bra inside a pump and it made a grinding noise. All these things must be check in order to figure out what and where the problems lies.
Could be a belt? Does it get worse in the mornings when the car is cold? Does it cease or get less noticeable after a bit of driving? If yes then it's a simple matter of replacing/adjusting your drive or AC belt.
The noise is coming from a moving part. There are only a few that normally cause a problem. Also the dryer drum not turning freely is what broke your belt. Here is what I would replace. Drum rollers, Drum slides and idler pulley. You can check these parts before you replace them. If the drum rollers don't spin real easy, replace. If the idler pulley does not turn easy, replace. If the drum slides are worn, replace. Your model may be one with a front drum bearing. If it looks worn, replace.
You may be able to take dryer apart, try turning drum. Listen for the noise and notice if the drum is hard to turn. If so, you may be able to determine if the problem is in the front or back of drum. Keep on mind that the noise might have been the belt slipping due to the drum being hard to turn. Either way, when you have it repaired, it should run with the noise. Good luck.
I found another posting stating that the culprit was the black toner cartridge. Sure enough I changed our black cartridge and the grinding noise has stopped. No wonder the grinding noise was not happening all the time only when the black cartridge got low. Thanks for the help!
Remove any paper trays. Inspect them for wrinkled or damaged paper.
Also open the back cover of the printer if this model has one.
Open any other doors that give access to the printer's paper path and to the toner or ink cartridge.
If necessary, remove the toner or ink cartridge. Place it away from light/ sun light to avoid damaging it.
If you find a piece of jammed paper, remove it by holding it with both hands and pulling firmly. The goal is to keep the paper from tearing. If several pieces are jammed together, try pulling out the middle piece first to loosen the jam.
If the paper does tear, try rotating the roller gears manually to free the paper. Don't force anything, though. Do this step especially if the jam message comes up repeatedly without any obvious paper jam, there may be a small tear of paper inside.
Ones the printer is free of paper Replace the toner or ink cartridge and paper trays, close any doors you opened and turn the printer back on.
If the printer paper jam message still appears, then there is still some paper in the printer. Reinspect the paper path.
see alternative if the problem is still not solved.
alternative : Load a piece of thick paper, for example photo paper and press the resume button (may be diffrent button on diffrent models) a few times to the printer picks up the paper and puts it through the machine.
Grinding noise is most likely caused by the carriage lock getting stuck and holding the print head at the home position. The noise is caused by the toothed belt that pulls the head back and forth, skipping over the splines on the motor drive wheel.
If you have been able to print since the problem occurred, chances are that it has freed itself up and will be fine.
Regarding the loss of cyan & magenta output, follow the solution given in my previous posts to complete a manual under-head cleaning cycle. This should get you going.
Check this previous post for cleaning info: