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I have just been printing some templates, and noticed the rail lines were looking a bit wobbly. So I assumed my printer was wearing out.

But I thought it worth trying some of the built-in maintenance functions, such as "roller cleaning". I have never used that one before in the several years I have been using the printer. In fact I had forgotten such a function was available.

Result! :)

Rails now smooth lines again.

So next time you do some printing, a bit of "roller cleaning" first might work wonders. Especially before doing a printer calibration.

Printer is Canon MG7150.

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Martin.

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Hi Martin,

Yes, I can understand that dirty rollers may cause wobbly prints. Feed rollers in printers can get contaminated with paper dust and other debris over time which causes a lack of grip on the paper. It is quite common to clean feed rollers on laser printers if they cause misfeeds due to similar substances. Rollers are usually of two basic materials- either plain or ribbed rubber - or a much harder material with a sandpaper-like surface. The first type wears smooth and grip can be restored by rubbing with platten cleaner like this :-

Platten cleaner

the second type are more usually fitted on cheaper and/or inkjet printers and a toothbrush ( not your current one :( ) can be used ( either just dry or with a solvent that leaves no deposit )if you can reach the rollers.

You can of course do as you have done if the Maintenance tools allow it.....or buy new rollers....or a new printer.

Rob


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Thanks for the tips, something I had not really considered. The maintenance tools on my HP Deskjet 120 only deal with the ink cartridges. However, I have had this printer for well over a decade now and not noticeably experienced the wobbly line problem, other problems yes, but on the whole, it has serve me well.
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Tony W wrote:The maintenance tools on my HP Deskjet 120 only deal with the ink cartridges. However, I have had this printer for well over a decade now and not noticeably experienced the wobbly line problem, other problems yes, but on the whole, it has serve me well.Hi Tony,

I also have an HP Deskjet which I used for many years. It produced the most accurate templates of any printer I have used. Unfortunately I can't find a driver for it for Windows7 or Windows10. It also has an old style parallel printer cable, so would need an adaptor for USB.

Here's an enlarged scan of what I was seeing from the Canon printer before I used the roller cleaning function. You can see where all the rails have jumped sideways because of paper movement while printing:



After roller cleaning it is much improved.

cheers,

Martin.

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Thanks for that info, Martin. I also have an MG7150, and thought the steps were just what the printer does. It hadn’t occurred to me that I could do something about it - much better now!
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