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Chris Moore

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Post Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:36 am

Loud Brrrr'ing noise from carriage

So, about a few months ago I had new scan and feed motors installed (by an engineer) on my Roland SP-540V printer.

At first it was all really good and made the printer quite quiet in comparison to how it was before. But suddenly, it stared to make a [grinding / brrr'ing] when printing on higher speeds. I switched off the printer and restarted it, and this seemed to fix the problem. It happened again a few times when printing on a higher speed, and I just restarted it each time (about 3 or 4 times). When printing on my normal speed of 650, it has been totally fine, until today.

It has started to make a very loud humming / grinding / brrr'ing noise on any speed. My usual on/off trick hasn't worked and the noise is now also there when i perform a sheet cut.

I can tell where the noise is coming from, but it is concerning me and i don't want to continue printing if its going to cause more damage.

Has anyone else had this at all?

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Kevin Mahoney

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Post Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:57 am

Re: Loud Brrrr'ing noise from carriage

Sounds like the bearings are bone dry Chris, have you oiled the carriage at all?
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Chris Moore

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Post Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:30 pm

Re: Loud Brrrr'ing noise from carriage

Hi Kevin,

I haven't oiled anything to be honest, I didn't know I had to? How do I do that?
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Post Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:40 pm

Re: Loud Brrrr'ing noise from carriage

On the to of the carriage where the heads run you will find a groove. With the power out & the heads released, clear out any dust or debris that may have accumulated in there with a tissue & some ipa.
Then drop in 4 or 5 drops of 3 in 1 oil into the groove & work the head backwards & forwards until its oiled the whole carriage. Hopefully the bearings are just dry & not shot, they are quite pricey if I remember correctly.
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Chris Moore

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Post Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:38 pm

Re: Loud Brrrr'ing noise from carriage

Thanks Kevin,

I've just done everything you said so let's see! It does sound better already to be honest!
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Post Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:47 pm

Re: Loud Brrrr'ing noise from carriage

A bit more oil then Chris, not to the point where it’s dropping onto the media but it won’t do it any harm

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