Power light is off, and the paper/cancel and ink lights are flashing fast

1430
1400

#1

The 1430 User Guide says: The print head is obstructed by jammed paper or another foreign object and cannot return to the home position. Turn the printer off. Open the printer cover and remove any paper or other obstructions from the paper path. Then turn the printer back on. If the error does not clear, contact Epson.

I have not yet contacted Epson. The printer worked fine the last time I used it 3-4 weeks ago. Turned it on today and immediately got this error. It hasn’t had any sort of paper jam and I can’t see anything obstructing parking area. The head seems to move all the way to the right engaging the lever at the far right that moves the cap slightly to the right and forward. Is the cap also supposed to move vertically? Is the carriage supposed to lock in the home position like it does on most every other Epson printer I’ve ever had? It is not doing so.


#2

This is probably a home position sensor that has some gunk or ink on it.

Can’t tell for sure until I’m back in lab.

-Walker


#3

Thanks, Walker. I’ll see if I can find an illustration to help identify the sensor.


#4

I haven’t been able to find a manual for this printer. The things that turn up in searches are from Russian sites that let’s just say I’m wary of. The only thing close to useful I have found is this: (scroll to the bottom of the page for a good pic of the bottom of the head)
https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Epson+Stylus+Photo+1400+Printhead+Replacement/6722

But still nothing that identifies the home position sensor.