Paper tray not lifting the paper up for the initial paper feeder
I have a Brother ML-5250DN printer. The mechanism in the paper tray that is designed to lift the paper at one so it can feed into the printer no longer lifts the paper. It seems that the spring designed do do this isn't doing it anymore. I have disassembled it and, by design, I don't know how this spring ever developed enough force to lift that mechanism, let alone sy, 100 sheets of paper. Any suggestions?
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do a test print... see you manual. You hold a button for 3 seonds and it'll print a test page. If that works you should be OK. Make sure that your paper tray is NOT over loaded. Maybe try less paper.
Try the manual feed using one sheet of paper
Remove main tray. Check adjustable paper back stop. If the backstop is set so that the paper sit too tightly in the tray....it will prevent the spring loaded front portion of the tray to lift up allow paper to contact the pickup roller. The clicking sound you hear is the paper lift mechanism trying to push up the paper. Arrange both backstop and sidestops to allow some movement of paper in tray.
Try these - is paper dry?
Are you using good quality (80 gsm minimum) paper?
Are the fuser rollers (open back of printer, pull down inner paper guide using projecting lugs) in good shape?
Is there any paper debris in the paper path either before the laser unit or on the final path (look carefully at the little paper separator fingers) that is impeding the paper run at one side?
Does the bypass tray give good or bad results? - if good, look for paper debris in the initial feed path.
Are any flexible plastic guides pulled out of shape to face back up the paper path - often caused by pulling a misfeed out backwards?
I find that paper scraps in the initial feed path can be impossible to see, so I have a piece of laminated paper to push through the feed path. It often finds bits I couldn't see.