asked Dec 16, 2000 at 5:34pm
Hp HP DeskJet Plus

IIP Accordian and clicking noise.

I just bought a "dead" IIP and am having the following symptoms during a Self Test as I attempt to bring this classic back to life:

A gear clicking noise on the front right side of the printer when the self test starts. Clicks as gears spin, then no noise, then clicks again.
Paper outputs successfully from either the top or front path, but produces three folds in the paper (I assume this is the infamous accordian folding).
The output is smeared where the folds are, but some test text appears OK.
No error codes appear.
I have tried one other toner cartridge with the same result.

Any help would be appreciated. I've not given up on this printer, yet!

Tech Specs:
Ram size: 4608K
Lines of txt: 60
Man Feed: Off
Sym Set: Roman-8
Autocont: off
I/O: Parallel
Page Count: 49137
Firmware Datecode: 19910530
Internal Font Datecode: 19890213
Font Cartridge Installed: No
Installed Options: None


If it accordions out of both outputs, you have other problems. I suspect you have a bad gear on the fuser assembly. Remove the 5 large screws holding the fuser assembly and pop it out by pushing out on the cover while lifting. Check out the white gear on the right side.
by moe on Dec 17, 2000 at 9:51am Add comment
Right on the mark, Moe!

I took the fuser off (unfortunately, I broke the center screw plastic post on the printer, because the screw was stripped) and looked at the white gear. It has about 5 teeth that are broken and about another 3 that are cracked.

Based on the gear condition, along with the other gears looking pretty corroded, I probably ought to get a new fuser assembly. What do you think based on the center screw post being destroyed? Is the printer still salvageable?

Thanks, Moe!

by unknown on Dec 17, 2000 at 12:41pm Add comment
I wouldn't worry about one screw post. The other 4 should hold it. If you want the gear I can send you one for $5 + $2 shipping. Email me for ordering info. If you want a rebuit fuser assembly with new rollers and gears, $49 + $5 shipping.
by moe on Dec 17, 2000 at 1:03pm Add comment