asked Mar 30, 2005 at 8:46am
Epson Epson Stylus Photo 1200

Epson Stylus Photo 1200 Carriage Clanking

The carriage on mys Epson Stylus Photo 1200 travels beyond the edge and makes a hard clanging sound. When this happens, whatever is being printed gets misaligned and ruined. I'm hoping someone can provide some info on how to fix this issue without spending the $125 on a basic maintenance. I had it serviced a few months ago and its doing the clanking thing again. Thanks
jmendoza17: Although it's possible your printer has an electronic or mechanical failure, the most common problem is that the "Carriage Assembly" is simply DIRTY and or DRY, causing it to stick and make noises. That usually results in the printer loosing track of just where the "Print Cartridge Holder Assembly" is actually at and that can cause the error light/led to come on. Sometimes when the printer looses track of where that assembly is at, it then keeps telling that assembly to keep moving and can even cause it to slam into the end of the printer. Try wiping off all around the round metal carriage bar or shaft [that the print cartridge holder assembly moves back-n-forth on], with a lint free cloth. Also clean the outside of the metal bushings with q-tips, that the carriage bar passes thru, on both sides of the print cartridge holder assembly. You can also use alcohol on the cloth, if there is a lot of build-up on the carriage shaft/bar. Then lube the metal bar on both sides of the holder assembly, slightly with a precision oiler, not a spray lubrication, or the appropriate grease thats used on some of the newer models [Epson C40UX, C44UX, C62]. A drop or two of a Teflon based lubrication or Tri-Flo lube is best on the older models of most printers. Manually slide the holder assembly back and forth to spread out the lubrication and wipe of any excess lube or blackish build-up that appears on the bar. After the carriage assembly is cleaned & lubed, then you should perform the "Printhead Alignment Procedure" thru the PRINTER PROPERTIES UTILITY thats loaded onto your Computer System. That alignment can be thrown off because of a dirty and or dry carriage assembly. Sometimes people will simply do a re-alignment without cleaning & lubing that assembly. That simply does a quick fix that usually does not last long. Once that assembly is cleaned & lubed, the actual alignment is then usually off, from those previously done re-alignments and or the sticking & binding caused from when that assembly was dirty and or dry...You can check out this link, supplied by WES, to see different lubrications: and also this link provided by WES, , to see some general information on "Carriage Guide Shaft Maintenance"...Good Luck! Denny Conway
by Denny Conway on Mar 30, 2005 at 9:19am Add comment
Thanks, Denny! It wasn't my post, but it worked for my problem. If you're ever in Merthyr, I'll buy you a pint!
by mickweaver on Jul 15, 2006 at 6:55am Add comment