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Disassembling HP Photosmart c3180 Ink Cartridge Track

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Replacing the drive motor of for the ink cartridge carriage.

  • Author: Jim
  • Time estimate: 15 - 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1 Disassembling HP Photosmart c3180 Ink Cartridge Track  ¶ 

Set aside the top panel of the printer. Remove the two T10 12 mm Torx screws from the top front of the printer

Step 1 Disassembling HP Photosmart c3180 Ink Cartridge Track  ¶ 

  • Set aside the top panel of the printer.

  • Remove the two T10 12 mm Torx screws from the top front of the printer

Step 2  ¶ 

Rotate the Printer 90 degrees counter clockwise. Remove the scanner cable from the main circuit board.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Rotate the Printer 90 degrees counter clockwise.

  • Remove the scanner cable from the main circuit board.

  • Grasp the bottom of the cable and pull straight up. Do not wiggle it from side to side or twist it as this can damage the connection.

Step 3  ¶ 

Rotate the printer 90 degrees clockwise.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Rotate the printer 90 degrees clockwise.

  • Using both hands, lift the scanner tray from the body of the printer.

Step 4  ¶ 

Remove the power button circuit board from the support frame by pinching the left side, and pulling forward and to the left simultaneously. Push up on the tab holding the secondary control circuit board with the spudger and pull it forward to remove it.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the power button circuit board from the support frame by pinching the left side, and pulling forward and to the left simultaneously.

  • Push up on the tab holding the secondary control circuit board with the spudger and pull it forward to remove it.

  • Be careful not to pull too hard on the cable connecting the power button control circuit board and the secondary control circuit board to the main circuit board

Step 5  ¶ 

Remove the two T10 12 mm Torx screws. Lift the support frame off of the printer body with both hands.

Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the two T10 12 mm Torx screws.

  • Lift the support frame off of the printer body with both hands.

Step 6  ¶ 

Remove the printer door and paper tray by putting them in the closed position and not laying flat then rotating them upwards lift the left side up.

Step 6  ¶ 

  • Remove the printer door and paper tray by putting them in the closed position and not laying flat then rotating them upwards lift the left side up.

Step 7  ¶ 

Remove both of the ink cartridges by grabbing the front of the ink cartridge and pulling down. Make sure that the printer carriage is pushed all the way to the right.

Step 7  ¶ 

  • Remove both of the ink cartridges by grabbing the front of the ink cartridge and pulling down.

  • Make sure that the printer carriage is pushed all the way to the right.

Step 8  ¶ 

Remove the  T10 6 mm Torx screw on the left side of the track assembly. Remove the T10 12 mm Torx screw on the left side of the track assembly.

Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the T10 6 mm Torx screw on the left side of the track assembly.

  • Remove the T10 12 mm Torx screw on the left side of the track assembly.

Step 9  ¶ 

Gently push the ink cartridge carriage to the left side of the printer. Gently push the ink cartridge carriage to the left side of the printer.

Step 9  ¶ 

  • Gently push the ink cartridge carriage to the left side of the printer.

Step 10  ¶ 

Remove the two T10 12 mm Torx screws.

Step 10  ¶ 

  • Remove the two T10 12 mm Torx screws.

  • Remove the two T10 6 mm Torx screws.

Step 11  ¶ 

Rotate the printer 90 degrees counter clockwise. Remove the cable connecting the ink cartridge carriage to the main circuit board.

Step 11  ¶ 

  • Rotate the printer 90 degrees counter clockwise.

  • Remove the cable connecting the ink cartridge carriage to the main circuit board.

  • Pull straight up to free the cable from the main circuit board. Do not twist or wiggle the cable as doing so can damage it.

  • You may need to lift the carriage up with one hand in order to reach the cable with the free hand as shown.

Step 12  ¶ 

Carefully remove the connector holding the drive motor wires to the main circuit board.

Step 12  ¶ 

  • Carefully remove the connector holding the drive motor wires to the main circuit board.

Step 13  ¶ 

Slide the ink cartridge carriage all the way to the right side of the printer. Using both hands, carefully lift the  ink cartridge track off of the main body of the printer.

Step 13  ¶ 

  • Slide the ink cartridge carriage all the way to the right side of the printer.

  • Using both hands, carefully lift the ink cartridge track off of the main body of the printer.