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Long thin piece of clear plastic came out of printer

A long, thin piece of almost clear but grayish plastic came out of the printer today when I took out a jammed sheet of paper. The dimensions are: 22 3/16" long x 1/4" wide. I looked inside with a flashlight and even though I can see where the two holes might attach, it isn't all that clear as to what I should do. I saw a similar Lexmark printer problem on your website that was solved by Garfunkel01 who says his solution is a universal fix for all printers. I I could send someone pictures of what mine looks like inside can someone help me "see" where to attach the two ends of my plastic piece. Thanks!

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SOURCE: Hp C5280 Paper Jam error - no paper + component fell apart

How do I clear a paper jam?

Posted on Sep 15, 2008

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SOURCE: Error Message - Paper Jam

I had a paper jam. I removed the offending sheet of paper which unfortunately tore into 4 pieces as it came out. Upon piecing the sheet of paper back together - there is a small piece missing. I've checked the printer thoroughly - nothing can be found!

Posted on Feb 25, 2009

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SOURCE: Cannot clear paper jam on L7580.

give this a try
try this, its probably a small part of jammed paper or then theres a problem with the pickup, try cleaning it.

  1. Turn off the printer.
  2. Remove any paper trays. Inspect them for wrinkled or damaged paper.
  3. Also open the back cover of the printer if this model has one.
  4. Open any other doors that give access to the printer's paper path and to the toner or ink cartridge.
  5. If necessary, remove the toner or ink cartridge. Place it away from light/ sun light to avoid damaging it.
  6. If you find a piece of jammed paper, remove it by holding it with both hands and pulling firmly. The goal is to keep the paper from tearing. If several pieces are jammed together, try pulling out the middle piece first to loosen the jam.
  7. If the paper does tear, try rotating the roller gears manually to free the paper. Don't force anything, though. Do this step especially if the jam message comes up repeatedly without any obvious paper jam, there may be a small tear of paper inside.
  8. Ones the printer is free of paper Replace the toner or ink cartridge and paper trays, close any doors you opened and turn the printer back on.
  9. If the printer paper jam message still appears, then there is still some paper in the printer. Reinspect the paper path.
  10. see alternative if the problem is still not solved.

alternative :
Load a piece of thick paper, for example photo paper and press the resume button (may be diffrent button on diffrent models) a few times to the printer picks up the paper and puts it through the machine.

Posted on Jun 03, 2009

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SOURCE: We had a paper jam

Please see this HP support article to clear the carriage jam error. For further questions, see also your model's home support page here.

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take just a moment to rate this post....thanks!

Posted on Sep 10, 2009

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SOURCE: HP 5510 says clear paper jam. There is no jam

verify the flags and the sensors. If the problem persists, the cause of the error message could be a broken sensor or sensor lever.

Posted on Oct 14, 2010

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SOURCE: Paper Jam HP OfficeJet 8500

etechrepair.jpg Constant jam indication. This gear is more than likely the cause after exhausting all other avenues. Also nearly impossible to get to let alone replace even if HP offered the part. There is a black cover over the clutch assy that can be removed to reveal the gear. In most cases the gear is either sitting in the bottom of the machine or split down one side. This is the second machine that I have diagnosed with this problem in a very short time. If you have this broken gear, consider it toast. Matt / E-tech Copier and printer repair.

Posted on Jan 19, 2011

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