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Need instructions for replacing upper output tray assembly

Purchased a replacement output tray assembly for HP Photosmart C5180 printer because paper stop had broken off. HP Parts shipped new assembly, but it had no instructions on how to replace it. I've looked at the printer, but don't see an obvious way to change out the tray assembly. Tried a live chat with HP, but the best I could get was a suggestion to take it to a service technician. Hardly gratifying. Can you offer some assistance, or get me a link to the appropriate section of a service manual?

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  • Bill Oct 30, 2008

    The link you provided was a Support Manual for a C6300, which apparently has an output tray that's designed to be removed & re-inserted. This is not the case for the C5180, where the output tray mounts on a couple of spindles; I can't see any direct means for removing & replacing the output tray assembly. Do you have a link to a Service Manual for the C5180? Thanks.

  • Bill Oct 31, 2008

    Thanks for posting these links. They are the basic and setup guides for the C5180, which came with the printer. The former was also a link provided by HP's on-line chat support. The second link is a basic troubleshooting page. None of these documents/links address the replacement of the upper output tray assembly; the HP chat support technician ultimately concluded that my only recourse was to take my printer to a service technician/facility to change this part. That, in turn, led to my original question about instructions for changing this part, or a link to a service manual (not the basic or setup guides). I appreciate your taking the time to try to locate information for me; what I need is a link to the service manual provided for service technicians to use for repairing this model printer or its close relatives, the C6200 Photosmart series.

  • Bill Nov 01, 2008

    The part is "ASSY-TRAY-OUTPUT TRAY-UPPER" with part number Q7057-60004, according to the HP Parts Store.

  • Bill Nov 07, 2008

    Re: 1 Nov post from technotech

    Your suggestion got me looking at the printer more closely and, though it wasn't exactly right, I was able to figure out the correct procedure to replace the upper output tray assembly.

    1. Raise the printer top, as if replacing an ink cartridge, to its maximum opening.

    2. Lift the upper output tray assembly to its maximum elevation.

    3. Slide out the paper supply tray as far as it will go.

    4. Looking at the paper tray assembly, locate the retaining plastic trim on the right side of the assembly as you look at it. (This is a piece that's about 1/4" thick, 1" high, and about 3" long; dimensions approximate.)

    5. NOTE: This step works best if the printer is positioned with the paper tray assembly located hanging over the edge of a flat surface. On the underside of the retaining plastic trim, note the locking tab and the thin plastic surface that will release it. Using a small, thin-bladed common screwdriver, move the tab release to the right about 1/8" or so. This will allow you to slide the retaining plastic trim towards the front which, in turn, slides the right-hand pivot of the upper output tray assembly towards the front and frees it for removal.

    6. Once the old upper output tray assembly is removed, insert the replacement, hooking the left-hand pivot into the hole on the left side of the upper output tray assembly and positioning it in the raised position as if it's ready to be closed.

    7. Slide the retaining plastic trim piece back into position. The hole at the back end should engage the pivot on the right side of the upper output tray assembly and the tab should lock in place, completing the replacement.

    8. Fold the upper output tray assembly back down to its normal position.

    9. Lower the printer body to its normal position.

    10. Return the paper supply tray to its normal position.

    This completes the replacement.

    Thanks, especially, to "technotech" for persistence and, ultimately, pointing me in the right direction. I couldn't have done it without you.

  • stumped19 Nov 15, 2008

    Well, I removed the piece on the right as people suggested. It only released the lower tray, not the entire assembly.



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Dear Stumped19--

Frankly, I couldn't identify the notches that technotech described. From the photo you attached, however, it appears that you have the same printer as I do, and that you've extended the paper supply (lower) tray.

If you are trying to replace the upper paper tray assembly, then raise the case as high as it will go and then raise the actual upper paper tray assembly (the flat piece in your photo with the small viewing window on the right side) as far as it will go, as well. This will reveal the attachment points for the upper paper tray assembly, which are tabs on either side of the front of the tray on which the tray pivots up and down.

The right hand tab inserts into the plastic piece visible in your photo at the right side of the paper supply/output area (it looks like the letter "J" viewed from on end). On the underside of this plastic piece there is a small rectangular slot and inside this slot, on the left side (as you view it from underneath the printer looking from front to back) there will be a thin tab extension (I can't think of a better term, unfortunately). If you use a flat jeweler's screwdriver inserted between the tab extension and the left side of the slot and gently push the tab extension to the right, you will free the locking tab that holds this plastic piece in place and you will be able to pull it towards the front (away from the printer) which, in turn, releases the pivot tab that holds the upper paper tray assembly in place.

Installing the replacement tray assembly involves seating the left-hand pivot tab (with the tray in the raised position) first. Then, after initially positioning the "J" shaped retaining piece on its track, slowly advancing this retaining piece towards its final position while also guiding the right-hand pivot tab of the upper paper tray assembly into the hole at the back end of the retaining tab. Once the pivot tab enters the hole and the retaining piece clicks home with the locking tab, the upper paper tray assembly replacement should be complete, and you can then lower the tray to its normal position and return the paper supply tray to its normal position as well.

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Where are the notches?

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  • stumped19 Nov 15, 2008

    Actually, my problem is not that anything is broken but something dropped inside the printer and I am trying to remove it. I succeeded in removing the lower tray, but the item was not there. It fell from on top of the little window that you see on the right of the tray assembly in the picture I posted. It has to be somewhere inside on the right. Perhaps removing the bottom will be more useful than removing the tray assembly.

    With the instructions posted here, I would like to comment that the upper tray with the window does not lift high enough to reveal anything at all. Removing the lower tray alone only reveals the housing for the trays. My hope was that removing the entire assembly would give me access to the place where the missing item is.




Do you that Part which you want to replace, if you have then please let me know the part Number.

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Go to this link and follow the manual.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008

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    Inderpal Singh Oct 31, 2008

    Here is the Link for Basic guide and setup guide for C5180.

    This is anotther Link Which Might answer your all Questions:-

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    Inderpal Singh Nov 01, 2008

    If Look the printer from Front, then there are 2 knotches on each corner on right and left of the Tray, you need to Press thos Knotches toward up and the Push the tray toward up and then Pull it towards the Outside,

    same way when you are Putting New Tray then Press those Knotches toward Down and Push the Tray in from up towards Down and the Push the Tray in and the knotches willl automatically lock the tray.

    I am sure this will help you


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