Bobasked Nov 26, 2000 at 5:10pm
Laserwriter IIg Annoying Squeak
I spoke to you by phone before Thanksgiving, ordered a pickup roller kit for my LW IIg and spoke to you about my squeaking LW. As I'm still having issues, I thought that I'd leave a message here to request additional help.
You might recall that I mentioned that my LW has a squeak that it makes from the rear/top of the printer as a page is printed. Working from your advice and utilizing the grease that you included in my pickup roller kit (thanks), I removed the fuser (the doo-dad with the green felt at the rear of the inside of the printer) and looked for a spring to lubricate. I found 3 springs on the fuser assembly and smeared them all with the included grease.
However, I still have the squeak, which occurs about once a second as paper moves through the printer.
P.S. While I have your attention, I thought that I'd also ask 2 other, lower priority questions.
(1) Does is hurt/wear-out a LW to leave it on all the time?
(2) Do you know of a source of clean, used LW II cases? My printer works great, but the exterior case was all scratched and scuffed up by its previous owner...
Once I read your message, I realized that I did fail to follow your original instructions. I'll take a second look at the fuser this evening and post a response here for the edification of all regarding my outcomes.
By the way, your pickup-roller kit did the trick and I highly recommend it to all interested parties! It was easy to install (took me about 1 hr on a Sunday afternoon) and saved me from paying a local repair shop $75 - $120 for the same work.
P.S. Would you mind e-mailing me with a quote on a LW II case? This quote would have to include shipping as I live out-of-state.
I'm writing back to indicate that Moe's instructions were right on target (and to demonstrate that I'm not afraid of self-humiliation :-) .
I removed the fuser (with its 4 screws), pulled straight up on it (the left side is seated in the printer with connectors), and removed the left-sided cover (one screw).
Then, I removed the 5 screws on the left side of the fuser (circuit board and a couple underneath the board area), exposing the fuser roller.
The grounding spring is a round, disk-shaped mechanism on the end of the fuser roller (not the bouncy, slinky-type of spring that I was expecting).
I lubricated this disk spring, reassembled everything, and my squeak was gone!
Thanks Moe, for your help and patience.