Well, I believe I've figured out the problem. I wiped down the capping station and then performed the ESP diagnostic twice. The sensor failed both times.
So now, for those of you who have performed surgery on your Z3100s, do I attempt to disassemble and clean the sensor first, or is the lens of the ESP so well buried in the carriage assembly, that if it fails, it is not due to ink or other crud, but due to a sensor breaking down?
I've started looking for a new sensor and they're available (looks like around $365 or so). Are there any recommendations for a parts house if I need to get this ordered?
Actually I just forund the ESP for $317 at DecTrader.com. Anyone done business here?
that would be a cool video like kaelerias belt replacement
dectrader is OK the prices are always in flux
depends how scarce the supply is, you can always look to everprint to be the highest price
my experience only
if you can build a computer you can read follow and understand the manual
yeah its a b!tch to take the z down to the carriage assembly, but possible-
wear latex gloves and make sure no static charge is present during these detailed and highly precise operations to dis or reassemble the unit.
I'd clean my esp first, so many things else might turn up as a by product of the untrained doing such complicated things, I'd make sure it is the esp first-
you have to have it apart to replace it anyhow so wth why not?
Might surprise yourself...
maybe just familiarize yourself to the procedure and then either do it then or decide to call the tech
they might just replace the esp, doubtful as the techs seem to replace several things all at once.
This seems to add up real quick.
I just read where someone paid a tech to replace the belt, $800