Haha, bill, you basically just summed up my video
Its too big and I can't upload it umm. For now it stopped grinding.
It IS full of ink, big globs. Uhh, thats exactly what I was asking in my video, is if i should take it apart and clean it or if i should just replace it.
haha, you would bet right on....it does have about 12,000 pages on it, so yeah, lol, i got some miles on it, and YES it is a DAMN good printer series. This thing is bulletproof, I've had it since new in 1999 and it has served me well for all those years, I use it all the time for absolutely everything.
The gears are not having any problem moving...whats actually happening is that the movement sensors are not reporting right to the computer, and the motor is pushing the slider too far back and forth. My guess is that the sensors have ink on them and are not working right because of that.
I am uploading the video to my server right now for anyone who feels like downloading it.
I cleaned a few things. at first i thought it was the belt motor making that noise so i cleaned the print carriage tracking ribbon because i noticed that it had ink on it and was therefore messing up my prints because it was scanning wrong. well now thats fixed and it stopped grinding for the time being. which it has been for the past 2 years, intermittently being annoying. so we'll see, but i have no doubt believing that with a good cleaning of the service station that it will be fixed for good.
i will post the vid asap.