asked Dec 26, 2003 at 1:45pm
Epson Epson Stylus Color 740

epson 740 deep clean

my 740 wont print properly with gaps and streaks. the cartridges are fine and numerous cleaning cycles have been run. running win xp pro. i have pulled the cartridges and cleaned all visible parts so the question is how can I now get deeper into the printer cartridge area for more cleaning and lube job. also what is the best method of removing the cover without damage.
To clean your print heads it is best to use the Epson cleaning solution from here http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/kea0.html or warm distilled water. To see how to clean the print heads try here http://www.epsonhelp.web1000.com/printhead.html and to remove the housing there are two screws in the back and the two screws in fromt. Here is a link for the housing removal http://www.epsonhelp.web1000.com/440housing.html

There are a few places to lude but the carriage glide shaft is usually the main piece to be lubricated you first need to clean the glide shaft then use a light oil like 3 in one, Break Free or sewing machine oil. Place a small bead of oil on the glide shaft then slide the carriage back and forth a few times.

If you need the service manual you can get one at http://www.2manuals.com you can download one for $5.00 or so.

I hope this helps.

by unknown on Dec 26, 2003 at 2:42pm Add comment
Robert: To easily remove the Top Cover on your "740": First turn off your printer, remove any paper and then the plastic paper rest/back plate. Most older style Epson Printers normally only have four screws holding on the top cover. Usually two are found inside the front cover and under the Lid or Door that you lift up to access the ink cartridges. Raise the lid like you were replacing the ink cartridges and look down towards the front inside area. You should be able to locate those two screws on the plastic cross piece. The other two screws are usually located on the top cover, towards the rear area, but down over the top. Standing up over your printer, look to the left and right sides of where the paper would normally be loaded and you should be able to locate them. They are down inside mounting holes on the top cover assembly, so are not easy to see. After removing the four screws, simply carefully lift off the Top cover Assembly...If your Printhead Nozzles are clogged, you need to clean them from the inside with a Printhead Cleaning Kit to try and get the rest of the nozzles to open. You might want to try using the Printhead Cleaning Kit, available through the home page on "fixyourownprinter.com", for around $10.00 plus shipping. It includes a syringe and some Epson Printhead Cleaning Solution, which is designed to dissolve most clogs, especially if you were using Epson inks. You can try it if you want to and see if you can get the printhead nozzles to open up again. Check for an e-mail from me, with some other information...If you want to see what's involved in print head cleaning, Wes has supplied a link that might help: " http://www.epsonhelp.web1000.com/printhead.html "...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Dec 26, 2003 at 2:43pm Add comment
I just posted some questions re different routines suggested for reinking Epson 740 cartridges, noting 2 conflicting schools after refilling and before reinstalling. The latter one being to drain the refilled cartridge in the sink for 45 minuyes before reinstalling. I added a proposed #3 routine: Refill the cartridge in the printer without removing the cartridge. I left out the need to drill a hole in the cartridge carrier cover over the refill hole in the cartridge to enable the refilling. My guess is that this should be should be a 3/8 inch hole. After VERY careful and VERY slow refilling, the hole would then be taped over with electricians tape. Thanx for your counsel. Joe
by unknown on Aug 19, 2004 at 10:10am Add comment