Fixing “Carrier Stall” error on a Lexmark Z52 Printer

August 31, 2008 at 3:46 pm 2 comments

Recently, my Lexmark Z52 stop printing. Whenever I print, I would get the error “Carrier Stall”. The problem was not resolved when I reset the printer several times. I also tried reinstalling the cartridge, but that did not help.

I did some google search and discover the following knowledge base issue. From what I can determine, there is a clear plastic strip right behind the print carriage (where your ink cartridge sits) that the printer reads as it prints. If this cartridge is unreadable, you could get a “Carriage Stall” error or the carriage starts slamming itself against the side of the printer.

The knowledge base article suggest flicking it. This did not help and it would appear that the strip was in place properly. I got out some wet paper towel and carefully wiped it down and then make sure it was back in alignment. This did not immediately fixed the problem, but I figure there was probably some moisture on the strip. I waited overnight for the strip to dry and tried again. This time, the printer worked perfectly.

While I do not guarantee that this will fix your printer, why not give it a try. It cost nothing and it may save another printer from going into the landfill.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rich  |  November 19, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Had the same problem w/ X85 model.
    Loaded w/ printer dust.
    Wiping encoder strip fixed the problem.

  • 2. GEORGE  |  February 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    have lexmark x7675 first tried lubricating carrier rail with wd40. made it worse. then tried your solution and IT WORKED. KUDOS and THANK YOU.


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