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Shefin, Printer and Office Equip. Specialist
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On a printed document, such as a letter, every 6th line of

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On a printed document, such as a letter, every 6th line of print is partially missing, appears rubbed away. All other lines are fine.
JA: What's the make/model number of your printer? How old is it?
Customer: Its a Epson workforce 520, about 5 years old, print cartridges are almost new.
JA: What kind of computer are you printing from (Mac or PC)? What Operating System (OS) are you running?
Customer: PC, windows 10
JA: How long has this been an issue? What happened right before this popped up?
Customer: A couple of weeks, nothing really happened, I just recently noticed it when I went to print out a letter to sign and mail.
JA: Anything else you want the printer expert to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Printers
Expert:  Shefin replied 7 months ago.


Thank you for your question. I amCustomerand I look forward to helping you with your issue today.

Please try cleaning the printhead by following the instructions in the link below.

If the issue persists, or you have any questions, please be back and let me know.

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Thank you!

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
I ran the printhead cleaning operation a total of 6 times and while the sample printout improved there are still gaps in the sample printout lines and I saw no improvement in a actual printout, the faded lines were still there.
Expert:  Shefin replied 7 months ago.


Please try the following and let me know the response.

Caution: Do not use a hard or abrasive brush, benzine, alcohol, or paint thinner to clean the WorkForce 520 Series or you may damage it. Do not use oil or other lubricants inside the WorkForce 520 Series or let water get inside it. Do not place anything on top of the document cover or use it as a writing surface, or it could get permanently scratched.

1. Turn off the WorkForce 520 Series.

2. Unplug the power cable.

3. Disconnect the USB or Ethernet cable.

4. Remove all the paper.

5. Clean the sheet feeder using a soft brush.

6. Clean the scanner glass with a soft, lint-free cloth moistened with a little glass cleaner.

Caution: Do not spray glass cleaner directly on the glass. Do not press the glass surface with any force.

7. Clean the LCD screen with a soft, dry cloth. Do not use liquid or chemical cleansers.

8. Clean the inside of the document cover with a soft, non-abrasive microfiber cloth.

9. Close the document cover and paper support, then clean the outer case with a soft cloth dampened with mild detergent.

Note: Close the paper support and ADF paper support when you are not using the product to protect it from dust.

If you can see the rollers, please clean it using cotton buds.

Thank you.