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Samsung clx-3160fn streaky and faded black

I'm having an issue with my Samsung color laser printer. This thing has been a champ for a couple years just requiring new toner, emptying waste container, etc. I just replaced ALL of the toner cartridges, all 3 colors and the black. Even printing grayscale or pure black and white, it's very faded and streaky.

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I have a CLX-2160N and have just emptied my own waste toner container. (Disclaimer: not sure how toxic or environmentally friendly this is).
Emptied carefully and thoroughly (fine dust). Immersed in bowl of warm soapy water, and vigorous shaking to get nice and clean.
Shook all water out well, and dried off as much as possible. Reinstalled. Turned printer back on. Hey presto - seems happy.

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SOURCE: Samsung CLX-3160FN Vertical lines when printing black

This is a very common problem with Samsung CLX-3160 and CLP-300 printers. The real problem is that the developer blades get dirty with the toner. Buying a new imaging unit will only fix the problem for a short period of time then it starts to get buildup on the developer blades.

You need to clean the developer blades. If there are streaking on any color, then also needs to be cleaned.

To clean the developer blades, look to this link. http://losingambition.com/clp300imagefix/ It describes how to clean them. It only takes a few minutes to do once you get the developers out of the unit. Just be careful when you clean the edge of the blades. You need to make sure that the residue is completely removed from the edge. Also be sure that when you reinstall the blade that the little foam does not get trapped below the blade. Otherwise when you print the side where the blade is not properly installed will have too much color.

If you are afraid of messing your printer up, then you need to buy a new imaging unit. They go around $100.

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Check on you drim uint the gears damaged.

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Samsung CLX-3160FN problem with faded black images/text only


Many of today's printers have a "toner save" option, which makes the black appear lighter, and I'm pretty sure this isn't your problem. However, I wanted to rule-out the obvious first, which is just a setting.
If you're seeing the black lighter in vertical "stripes" or segments in your printing, then it's most likely due to a dirty toner cartridge (but you said you replaced it), or cleaning the LSU inside the unit (as it says in the owners manual).
Just in case you don't have the manual handy, here's an online link to it:http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/200611/20061122152910875_CLX-3160_English.pdf

I hope this helps!

Feb 13, 2012 | Samsung CLX 3160fn All-In-One Printer

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I have a Samsung CLX-316N multi function colour laser printer. I am getting very poor print quality when trying to print photographs, using laser photo paper. The printed photos have vertical streaks of...


Dear This is the Quality issue.
can be solved by replacing black developer in imaging unit.(better solution)
Alternate is change the Imaging unit(costly solution).

Dec 06, 2010 | Samsung CLX 3160fn All-In-One Printer

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I have a Samsung CLX-3160FN multi-function color laser printer. It recently started to print poorly in black (that's what I mostly print). Geniune Samsung toner carts are installed. The black is at 76%. I...


If the black toner prints like the image below with alternating bands of light and dark printing, the problem lies with your imaging unit.13911cf.jpg Specifically the developer blades in the imaging unit has toner build up on the blades. The more you use a particular color, the more it builds up to the point that it exhibits itself as faded images on the paper.

It can be fixed by replacing the imaging unit for $100+, but it will reappear again after sometime. Or you can fix the problem yourself and save yourself $100. You will need to open the imaging unit and clean the blades. I have a description on how to do this in my tips section. Or your can click on this link, http://www.fixya.com/support/r4120906-clean_developer_blades_samsung_clp_300. Hopes this helps you.

Jul 06, 2010 | Samsung CLX 3160fn All-In-One Printer

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Transfer belt error


Rather than turn printer off, unplug from power source, wait a few minutes and plug back in. It's worked twice for me so far...

Sep 12, 2008 | Samsung CLX 3160fn All-In-One Printer

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This is usually due to the imaging unit going out, but can also be a problem with the main board itself...unfortunately that means rma is really the only option...which is NOT going to be fun fyi as samsung has poor customer service.

Aug 30, 2008 | Samsung CLX 3160fn All-In-One Printer

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