Mechanism Error - Print Cradle won't move! - HP 5650
When printing a large print job on my HP 5650, the paper
jammed. As I have done many times before, I removed the
jammed paper and restarted the print job. However, the
printer would NOT print. An error message appeared stating
that there was a "mechanism error - print cradle will NOT
So I checked the internal parts of the printer. There
was nothing damaged or broken! Further inspection revealed
a narrow plastic strip ( about 7 inches long and 2/16th
imch wide) had been detached. That's it! The pulley and
print cradle mechanism seem ok. I don't see how this
narrow platic strip would matter. Help! Please advise.
This "plastic strip" is called the "carriage encoder strip". This strip dictates the timing of the carriage assembly. If the end slots aren't broken, you can re-attach it. Otherwise, you'll need to replace it. They are about $10.
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"The print cartridge cradle cannot move."
I fixed this problem by disconnecting the power cord from the power-strip and connecting it directly into the wall. My printer was not getting enough voltage from the power-strip. I hope this helps.
This might help . . . Mine finished printing one doc & then made a terrible noise & sent a message to my screen that "print cartridge cradle is stuck." When i opened door, i could see it was stuck off to the left side so left cartridge was obscured. I could not get it to budge, although i kept turning it off, gently pushing & turning it back on. Finally, i got my hand inside & determined that the little door to the left-side cartridge had popped open & was causing it to remain stuck. After some struggles (turn off printer first!) i was able to maneuver it around & close it tight. Now, all is well . . .
I was having same problem but it was a paper jam all the time and then it started to state Cairrage Jam. And what was happening was the unit the cartridges sit in was not going all the way to the right. A little nudge and you could feel it move. Closed lid and sometimes it would print but eventually it would fail. Just replaced but I suspect if you can get to the cairrage you could clean/repair whatever was keeping it from going all the way to the right.