Question about Epson Stylus Photo R1800 InkJet Printer
Don't worry too much about touching the gears. As long as the machine is unplugged with the head away from the home position you can clean all the rollers etc with Windowlene (Windex) liquid sprayed onto a cloth.
There is a sponge pad that runs the width of the machine just under where the print head travels back and forth. VERY CAREFULLY remove the pad, noting it's orientation and where the tabs locate it. Do not pull too hard when you get to the tabs. If you pull them off the pad will not sit properly and may make contact with the back of the paper.
Remove the pads and rinse it in warm soapy water in a metal or porcelain sink - plastic sinks may be stained by the ink. Allow it to dry naturally and don not wring or squeeze it as you may deform it's shape.
While the pad is out take the opportunity to clean as much of the inside with Windowlene and cotton buds taking care to wipe off any liquid you move around. When reassembled, run several blank A3 sheets through the machine to soah up any blots you may have missed.
You may fins that after this the marks are still apparent on the print. If the lines are coloured or black "drag" lines then read my previous posts on underhead cleaning. It is fairly common for dust balls to get caught under the print head. My underhead cleaning will help to remove those. Read it HERE.
If the marks are like a perforations, then you need to look at the pin wheels on the exit side of the printer. You may need to adjust these up a little by manual methods i.e. pull it gently
Posted on Jul 18, 2008
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