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Default Carriage clicking when printing

So one of our Epson 4880 is making a horrible clicking noises as it is printing. It makes the clicking noise as it is going back and forth on the rails. So far I have tried the following: cleaning the rails, removing rails and applying new lithium grease, tightening the belt (helped a little but CR motor got very hot), cleaning CR motor gear. The noise seems to be coming from the carriage but it is tough to pin point where. My next thought would be to replace the carriage wheels. The printer itself is printing great (knock on wood) it just sound horrible. Any help is appreciated, thanks.
 
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So one of our Epson 4880 is making a horrible clicking noises as it is printing. It makes the clicking noise as it is going back and forth on the rails. So far I have tried the following: cleaning the rails, removing rails and applying new lithium grease, tightening the belt (helped a little but CR motor got very hot), cleaning CR motor gear. The noise seems to be coming from the carriage but it is tough to pin point where. My next thought would be to replace the carriage wheels. The printer itself is printing great (knock on wood) it just sound horrible. Any help is appreciated, thanks.
Its funny this same thing happened to me today, I did everything you said but I popped off the print head carriage and took a small dental pick (tooth pick or a pin will work to) and I cleaned the back sides of all the wheels a ton of dried ink came out and it was printing smooth and as quite as usual after I put everything back together. Give that a try it may help.
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That is funny. I ended up taking all the wheels out and cleaning them but unfortunately this did not work for our machine. Pretty amazing how much grime they can collect though. I am open to other suggestions.
 
 
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Default Re: Carriage clicking when printing

Make sure the printhead is tightly secured in its housing.
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Default Re: Carriage clicking when printing

if it's a single click, it is probably the tension of the belt. if you print a smaller image so that the print carriage doesn't cover the entire area, you can put your finger on the bracket that holds the belt, which is at the far left side when facing the printer. you will feel it "jerk", and if you place pressure on it, the click should stop, if that is the cause.

the other thing i've had is a series of clicks. this is fixed by taking a dental pick and cleaning the gear that the belt goes on. get some alcohol and start gently scrubbing inside each grove with the pick.

those are the two areas that have caused clicks on my printer.
 
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Default Re: Carriage clicking when printing

Thank you for the input. I did tighten the belt and we cleaned the carriage return motor gear but it did not help. It is not a single click but a series of clicks as the print head moves across the center of the printer. (click, click, click, click...)



I also thought something was hanging down by the print head (maybe the grounding fork) but I checked and everything looks normal. I also looked for wear or rubbing marks on the carriage but don't see anything.
 
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Default Re: Carriage clicking when printing

One other thing to try is to make sure the rails are all pushed over all the way (towards the capping station side of the machine) I don't know if that will help but that helped me once when it was making a series of 3 clicks. But also like John said make sure the print head is secured in place sometimes those 3 screws can become stripped making the head hang a little loose.
 
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Default Re: Carriage clicking when printing

I double checked the rails and they are sitting correctly. I checked the print head and it is attached correctly but in regards to stripping out the screw hole, does anyone have a tip for repairing a stripped out hole? I noticed that the bottom screw that holds the back wheels in place just spins and does not get tight. The metal piece that holds the wheels in place seems tight but wondering if when it is running if it could be rattling or skipping.
 
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I double checked the rails and they are sitting correctly. I checked the print head and it is attached correctly but in regards to stripping out the screw hole, does anyone have a tip for repairing a stripped out hole? I noticed that the bottom screw that holds the back wheels in place just spins and does not get tight. The metal piece that holds the wheels in place seems tight but wondering if when it is running if it could be rattling or skipping.
Well its funny you ask that because yes i do lol. This was an old school carpentry trick my father-in-law showed me for when the same thing happens on furniture. All you do is take a tooth pick put it in the hole, then you screw in the screw and remove excess tooth pick. That is all there is to it lol. I have 6 Neos and 4 of them are held together like that. Head stays flush and all is happy with it.
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