Epson Stylus SX535WD - Printer Error - no ink carriage movement
I recently purchased a Stylus SX535WD. Everything was fine, but limited ink was coming out of the printhead, especially the colours.
I ran the printers cleaning procedure numerous times, with no change. So I removed the printhead, and did a clean on it by soaking the head part in some warm water, as I have done on my Canon printer numerous times. Dried it thoroughly in an airing cupboard and reconnected.
Initially, when I turned it on, there was the usual expected cartridge/printhead going from left to right a number of times, before eventually the error message came up, just saying Printer error. Turn power off and then on again. For details, see your documentation. I did this a number of times, until eventually the printer just shut down. It would not turn back on - no lights, nothing.
I took the printhead assembly apart again, reseated the ribbons - tried again - still nothing.
I had read elsewhere that two transistors could have blown so stripped down the printer but never found a main board, unless the main board is now behind the front control panel, where there are some boards. Put it all back together still nothing.
I checked the voltage on the power supply - all good. I was about to give it up a lost cause, until yesterday morning, I just pressed the power button and there was some life, but just the error message came up, but no print head movement, no other noises. The LEDs by the on button and the WiFi indicators flash green. The only option in to turn off.
I have pretty much tried everything I have seen in other posts about other printers. I have tried holding down the stop/clear button whilst pressing the on button. Interestingly, the main menu pops up for an instant, but then goes into error mode. I have tried moving the carriage from left to right, jiggling it, but there is no life.
So, have I missed where the main board is? Is the printhead fried? Is the carriage motor fried? Or, I was wondering has the cleaning pad reached its end of life, as when removed it looked quite gummed up? Wouldn’t that be a different error message, though?
I really would appreciate some thoughts on this. Printers are very scarce in the shops (in the UK) at the moment, and a premium is being charged. Many thanks.