Thank you we did all of the above and it is the spring, very delicate. It is still one error 3. We believe it is broken. It was a good printer and is over a year and half(no warrenty) had one for a year. Thanks for your help. It is frustrating to see that error 3! pattib
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Re: E3 code error mssg on printer MP160
As you will probably know E 3 on Pixma is paper jam.
Double check that there is no paper inside, and turn printer upside down shaking it a bit to check if there is any small foreign object (screws, pins, coins etc.) stuck inside.
When there is no jam in the paper path, this problem is typically caused by a broken part in the paper
feed mechanism, in the page unit. The paper
feeding mechanism has two white plastic gears connected together with a central spring, near to the waste ink tank, at the bottom of the printer. This are quite delicate, they often get stuck or boken, or you lose the spring, and the printer stays stuck with E3 error.
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Actually you are facing E3 error, E3 error is mostly because of paper jam. their may be small bit paper jam in side There are some "micro-sensors" that detect a paper
jam. There will be tiny piece of paper, or a lump of dust, inside those
sensors, thus "tripping" the sensor and saying you paper jam.
To solve it Open printer cover and check to make sure no paper or foreign objects obstructing the printer feeder If you become sure that now really there is no paper, dust or foreign objects then Turn the printer off, and disconnect the AC power-cable. Open the printer cover & now give the printer a "blow-job" by compressed air. If still problem exist then best & final option is to just contact to any Canon service provider.
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Hello thanks for using fixya. E3 error is mostly because of paper jam. their may be small bit paper jam in side.Something inside of the printer makes paper sensor & its not function properly To solve it Open printer cover and check to make sure no paper or foreign objects obstructing the printer feeder.
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Error E3 : Check if the paper has jammed in the machine, reload the paper in the machine correctly and then press [Black] or [Color].
Paper Jams :
Cause : Paper jams in the paper output slot/ Auto Sheet Feeder.
Landscape Credit Card sized paper jams inside the machine.
Action : Remove the paper according to the following procedure.
1) Slowly pull the paper out, either from the Auto Sheet Feeder or from the paper output slot, whichever is easier.
* If the paper tears and a piece remains inside the machine, open the Scanning Unit and remove it. Be careful not to touch the components inside the machine at this time. After removing the paper, close the Scanning Unit, turn the machine OFF and turn it back ON.
* If you cannot pull the paper out, turn the machine OFF and turn it back ON. The paper will eject automatically.
2) Reload the paper into the machine and press [Black] or [Color].
* If you have turned OFF the machine in step , you will need to retry printing, because this operation cancels any print jobs in progress.
If you cannot remove the paper or the paper tears inside the machine, or if the paper jam error continues after removing the paper, contact a Canon service representative.
Important : You cannot load Credit Card sized paper in the landscape orientation.
MP160 PIXMA paper feed jam E3 error.I completely solved this on my Canon MP160 printer but it is a common problem and the fix may work for others such as MP130 MP140 MP145 MP150 MP170 or MP180.With the problem I had, the printer would make the usual motor whirring noises but would not feed the paper.The usual c-clunk sound that indicated the feed roller has been engaged was not there.The screen warning said to remove jammed paper and the printer showed an E3 error. The problem was caused by the ink cartridge carrier becoming stcky on its track and not fully returning to the rest position on the right side (as viewed from the front).The fix involved taking the printer apart and lubricating the cartridge carrier track and the ramps that lift the cradle that rises to cover the printheads.Unfortunately you have to dismantle the printer and separate the scanner unit to get to the lubrication points.Its not a quick fix. When you have the printer apart you will see a prominent white lever held by a coiled spring just behind the rest position of the ink cartridge carrier.The lever is actuated by the ink cartridge carrier when it moves to the right.If the lever is not actuated, the motor drive will never engage the large grey feed roller and the paper in the hopper cannot be fed into the printer.Make sure to also put some lube onto the lever at the point where it is struck by the ink cartridge carrier.
hi just recently had these problems symptoms: LED flashing E3 code and alarm light was solid. But dissapeared when opened the coved and came back on when closed the cover. Also the when the cover was open the inks did not slide out to the left and stayed to the right side. There was no paper jam, but error said paper jam.
Solution: 1. I took a thick piece of paper, from like a paper folder ones, thick enough to go in the printer and not curl up when pushed.. 2. turned off the printer and turned it back on. 3,
while printer was turning on,and makings sound as it does normally when
turning on, I pushed through the piece of paper and the rotors stoped
for a millisecond. 4.the rotors started again and pushed out the paper by it self with out my force. 5. I let the printer get started. and then turned it off and then on. 6. this solved all of my problems. this was the first problem ever with this printer in 3 years.,preety good printer.
I had the same problem with my mp 160, Error message was blinking. I tried to print but the printer would take 1/10 of the whole page and stop, even though rollers were moving. My solution for this was to take a piece of thin cardbord(I used a magazine cover), cut it in a size of A4, put it in printer, printed it and when the rollers start moving I forcebly pushed the cardboard through. Now it seems to work fine. Hope it does for you.