Having problems with your Canon PowerShot A540 Digital Camera ?

Canon A540 E18 error

\015 Canon A540. One time lens opens not fully on camera turn on, when camera had try to close lens, but it can`t. On display shown "Lens error. ON/OFF" on my native language. I find what its "E18 error". May be camera was droped, but I turned it on and off at last one time without this error.Camera not at warranty. I tried some tips, but seems what disassemble is one way do repair, but I fear to broke it totally.\015

Answers :

You don't want to take it apart. Wayyyyyy too many parts and steps. I bought a used one with the same problem, lens was stuck half open and out of alignment, it was dropped. I got it working well in about an hour.
\015\012I tried all the described tricks, plus a few others.
\015\012#1 get a strong canister vac or shop vac, and put the end of the hose right over the front of the camera and turn it on for a few seconds, and turn it lens side down. This will remove any grit in the gears and may pull the lens itself all the way out.
#2 if the lens is still stuck try rotating the outer collar gently both ways until you hear it click into place. If it does, look at the alignment of the inner barrel to the case. the lens will never fully retract if it is out of alignment, if it is you will have to force it back onto the gears it should be on.
\015\012If it was dropped resign yourself to the fact you must at some point nearly break those plastic gears inside to get them back where they need to be, and there's a fine line between forcing and breaking it.
\015\012Just remember you'll have to get the lens closed and aligned before it will work, closing it is a proces of both rotating the outer collar and gently wiggling the inner sleeve closed. Before it will close it has to be straight. Once it its closed put a fresh set of batteries in.
\015\012This whole E18 issue is not as complex as people might think, you just have to be reeeeal gentle with that lens assembly when it's extended.
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