How to Fix Epson 8550 Error Code 000021: Clear Tubing Cover Broke


My Epson 8550's clear tubing cover broke, and now I'm getting error code 000021. How can I fix or replace it? Thanks for all your videos!


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The Epson 8550's clear tubing guide is not particularly sturdy and isn't designed for frequent removal and reinstallation of dampers. To address this, I suggest installing a drag chain like this drag chain tube guide (

The error code 000021 on your Epson 8550 indicates a CR PID overload error. This means that the printer's printhead carriage return (CR) is experiencing an overload issue. This can be due to several reasons such as the CR motor failing, the drive mechanism being overloaded due to a paper jam or foreign object, insufficient grease on the moving parts, or deformation of the main frame. Additionally, it could be caused by parts becoming detached, such as the paper guide upper assembly or the cap assembly. Issues like the tooth skipping on the CR timing belt, improper tension of the belt, cable disconnection, or a failure in the main board's motor driver can also cause this error.

In your case, the error is likely because the broken clear tubing cover obstructed the printhead's movement. Consequently, the printer believes the motor is overloaded or that there is a problem with the drive belt tension. However, once you fix the pathway by addressing the tubing cover issue, the printer should resume normal operation.

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Jun 19th 2024 Kevin Day

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