Question about Dell 1700 Laser Printer
I have 2 dell 1700 printers. one will not load from the bottom tray. if i take the trays out of both of them i can see the rollers moving. i tried switching trays but the same one doesnt work. i can do a manual load fine.
If the rollers don't turn (or turn and slip) and maybe you hear a clicking noise from the left side of the printer, there is a spring clutch inside the gear at the end of the shaft going to the swing arm. I found that sometimes grease gets inside and causes the spring to slip instead of grip like it should. If you're very careful, you can take off the left side cover and lay the printer on its right side (left side facing up). Then remove 3 or 4 screws around the gear assembly and lift the assembly straight off the printer. To get to the spring clutch, you'll have to move a couple gears out of the way (remember how they go back or you're screwed - and watch the toner arm spring as well). Remove the plastic c-clip on the end of the pickup shaft and lift off the clutch gear. Pull the gear apart and wipe off any grease from the inner surfaces where the clutch spring sits. Reverse your steps to put it back together.
Posted on May 01, 2008
This is a common misconception with this model printer. People say that the roller does not drop down to pick up the paper. With this model printer, the pickup rollers ONLY drop when the paper tray is inserted. If you look on the top left edge of the paper tray towards the front of the printer you will see 1 1/2" to 2" section where the plastic edge is raised about 1/2 an inch. This raised part in the plastic actually serves as the mechanism for dropping the pickup rollers on to the paper.
So... The solution DOES HAPPEN TO BE cleaning or replacing the pickup rolers/tires. Rubber rejuvinator is the best for cleaning the rollers, but buying a whole can that you may only use once or twice may be a bit overkill. You can try cleaning them with soapy water if you do not have any rubber rejuvinator. DO NOT use alcohol, as this will dry out the rollers and shorten their lifespan even more.
Posted on Mar 06, 2008
You can hold the white interlock switch where the tray goes with your finger. If you watch, the rollers still do not drop. However with the tray inserted I can see tyre marks on the paper where the tyres have rubbed sso I know it does drop. Confusing.
I made it work by fitting the tyres on the edges of the rollers so they are bigger. Now the printer makes an intermittant grinding noise from the clutch, but will feed paper 90% of the time.
Posted on May 27, 2010
The Lexmark part number for the repladement feed tires is: 56P1820
Posted on Jun 16, 2008
Clean the lint off the rollers. I picked up one of these printers cheap because the previous owner thought it was broken. Take some scotch tape and wrap it around the roller. This will pull the lint off. Do this a few times and you should be good to go.
Posted on Dec 13, 2007
Tried flipping the rollers inside out but it didn't help. I then pulled the side cover as Mikey71 suggested, cleaned inside of the gear where the clutch spring rides and that did the trick!
Posted on Oct 09, 2008
Problem is not "lint" it is that the roller will not come down and process paper. Your card is going bad....new printer and make sure its not a DELL.
Posted on Feb 22, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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