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Canon BJC 4200 not working

My canon bjc4200 has stopped working.
The ink cartridge does not return to the parking position on the left hand side when the printer is switched off or on, although it does move backwards and forwards during both these actions before coming to rest in the middle. Attempting to print anything, including a test page with the printer disconnected from the computer results in nothing.
Any advice would be much appreciated

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Open the printer and see if you can look along where the carriage moves back and forth. There should be what looks like a clear plastic strip or 'mylar' behind it that runs along the length of the printer.
This mylar has tiny lines in it (too small for us to see.) The carriage contains a sensor that looks through the mylar (the mylar is called an encoder strip) to find out where it is. If you can see the encoder strip, wipe it with a slightly damp rag.  Be careful not to bend or kink it.  If it is warped, it is probably shot. Then move the carriage all the way to the other side and wipe what you couldn't get at.


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