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Remove the cleaning station.

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Member-Contributed Guide

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Full of ink and small parts, there are many ways the cleaning station can fail. It also contains waste ink pads that will need to be replaced eventually.

Step 1 Release the carriage support.  ¶ 

Remove the three screws from the bracket between the end of the carriage support and the case. Remove this bracket. With clean hands or gloves, depress the sprung bracket on the right, and release the plastic sensor strip. Then undo it from the hook on the left side. Lay it over the print head, and secure it with a clean object. It is essential that you do not crease, twist or soil this strip. Small amounts of ink can be removed with a mild solvent, such as isopropyl alcohol, but other solvents may remove the fine lines printed on it. It may be safer to remove it at this point, but it is hard to feed it back through the print head assembly.

Step 1 Release the carriage support.  ¶ 

  • Remove the three screws from the bracket between the end of the carriage support and the case. Remove this bracket.

  • With clean hands or gloves, depress the sprung bracket on the right, and release the plastic sensor strip. Then undo it from the hook on the left side. Lay it over the print head, and secure it with a clean object.

  • It is essential that you do not crease, twist or soil this strip. Small amounts of ink can be removed with a mild solvent, such as isopropyl alcohol, but other solvents may remove the fine lines printed on it. It may be safer to remove it at this point, but it is hard to feed it back through the print head assembly.

  • Remove the two bolts holding the steel rod to the chassis, and slide it out of the printer.

  • Undo the two bolts holding the right side of the carriage support.

  • The rear bolt is in a deep hole, so if you are using a bit set and handle, you will need to get creative!

Step 2 Remove the Cleaning Station.  ¶ 

Undo the single screw attaching the cleaning station to the carriage support. If you have not already done so, put on your gloves now. The cleaning station is full of ink, and you can't handle it without getting ink on you.

Step 2 Remove the Cleaning Station.  ¶ 

  • Undo the single screw attaching the cleaning station to the carriage support.

  • If you have not already done so, put on your gloves now. The cleaning station is full of ink, and you can't handle it without getting ink on you.

  • Release the air lines from the clips in the cleaning station.

  • Detach the smaller hose from the T joint.

  • Pull up on the carriage support. This should give you enough room to work the cleaning station out of the printer.