asked Jan 16, 2001 at 7:10pm
Epson Epson Artisan 700

Epson Stylus Photo 700

I have an Epson Sylus Photo 700 that is losing it's printhead position. On startup, it does the usual back and forth thing, then sends the printhead all the way left (this activates the paper feed, I've discovered), but when the printhead returns to the right for the cleaning cycle, it stops about 2" from the left edge of the paper with a loud 'snap" and procedes to perform the cleaning cycle there, dumping ink all over the paper guides. Sometimes if faults out, and sometimes it goes to ready mode with the head somewhere in the center of the travel. If I move the prenthead after unplugging the printer, it makes funny ratcheting noises and moves very stiffly for a while, then frees up.

Question: 1) should I try to fix this, it prints very nicely when it worked.
2) is the paper feed or the pinthead drive motor at fault, and
3) is there something getting stuck somewhere I can't see that is preventing the printhead from moving?

Thanks, this is a great site!
Fixed the problem by cleaning the rod the printhead slides on and lubricating it with teflonized oil. I've found that this is a common problem on this series printer.

If anyone else wants to try this, be aware that oil will trap dirt, and the problem will return and/or get worse if too much oil is used. A good silicone dry lubricant is much better, I just didn't have any.
by unknown on Jan 20, 2001 at 8:03am Add comment
Thank you Peter! My Photo 700 was having the same problem and has been out of comission for months. I took it to a local repair place when it was under waranty and they spent 4 days looking at it before they decided there was nothing wrong with it (indeed, it did miraculaously start working when I got it back) and charged me $60 for labor. Now it's not working again and needless to say, I've been reluctant to take in again. I read about this site in a computer magazine today, logged in, went to the forum, and there was your post right at the top of the page! I love this site!
by Matt on Jan 20, 2001 at 10:06am Add comment
had the same bother.Found it was the home position sensor.
(You will have to remove the cover,4 screws.)
Check that it's not loose,it's only held by flimsy looking clips.
i removed it and then snapped it back into place.I checked alignment with the arm on the printhead and decided to nudge the bracket it's on slightly upwards.Worked a treat since.
by firyembers on May 16, 2005 at 9:33pm Add comment