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Posted on Aug 12, 2007

Piece has fallen out of printer

Help! I long, thin piece of plastic has fallen out of my printer. It has a hole on each end, and I can see hooks on both sides of the printer that it might hook too. However, when I try to run this thing piece behind the ink cartridges, it appears to be too long. Does anyone know what this piece is? I know that when I try to print now the cartridges slam up against the left side of the printer and then refuse to move again. Does anyone know how to put this piece back in my printer? Thanks!

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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 ) .


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The second picture shows everything else in close detail Including which side of strip goes where.

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Pay attention to the spring (circled in yellow) because i believe it is the cause of the whole problem...The spring end was pulled straight or has too little tension .

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This same piece gets dirty and needs to be cleaned every once and a while. If you get misaligned test prints or jagged text, clean this strip & print will be crisp and sharp again.

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It actually is a sensor so that the printer knows where the print head physically is. it actually goes "Through" the carriage that holds the ink cartridge and links over both extreme sides of the printer. it's usually got a spring on one side or the other, so you may have to pull carefully on the one tab to make it fit properly. take a peek and see if you can find where it should go .. i can get you some pix if you require...

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    goes through the carrier

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Google your printer, try pcappliancerepair.com. This item goes from one side of your printer to the other, passing through the cartridges holder. Look for the places it attaches. You may have to move the cartridge holder to the center to install the plastic.

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