Reference Guide


Options and Consumables

Ribbon Cartridge

Genuine Epson ribbon cartridge
Replacing the ribbon cartridge

Genuine Epson ribbon cartridge

When printing becomes faint, you need to replace the ribbon cartridge. Genuine Epson ribbon cartridges are designed and manufactured to work properly with your Epson printer. They ensure proper operation and long life of the print head and other printer parts.

Your printer uses the following ribbon cartridge:

Epson black ribbon cartridge




Replacing the ribbon cartridge

Follow these steps to replace the ribbon cartridge:

You need to move the print head by hand to replace the ribbon cartridge. If you have just used the printer, the print head may be hot; let it cool for a few minutes before touching it.

Make sure the printer is turned off. The printer is off when the power switch is pressed down to the side.

If the printer is connected to an electrical outlet, unplug it from the outlet.

Open the paper guide cover by pulling its back edge toward.

Open the printer cover to the upright position, then pull it up to remove it.

Press the tabs on each side of the paper tension unit upward, then lift the front of the unit and pull it up and out of the printer.

Make sure that the print head is not hot; if it is, let it cool for a few minutes before touching it. Then slide the print head to the middle of the printer by hand.

Never move the print head while the printer is turned on; this can damage the printer.

Grasp the ribbon guide and pull it until it is out of the print head.

Grasp the used cartridge by its handle and pull it up and out of the printer.

Hold both sides of the ribbon guide and pull it until it is out of the cartridge.

Insert the ribbon cartridge into the printer at an angle as shown below, then press firmly on both sides of the cartridge to fit the plastic hooks into the slots on the printer.

Slide the ribbon guide into the print head until it clicks in place.

When inserting the ribbon guide, press firmly until it clicks.

Turn the ribbon-tightening knob to help feed the ribbon into place.

The ribbon should not be twisted or creased.

Reinstall the paper tension unit by lowering it onto the printer's mounting pegs. Then press down on both ends of the unit until it clicks into place.

Replace the printer cover by inserting the front tabs into the slots on the printer and lowering the cover into place. Then push it down until it clicks.


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