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My HP Laserjet 1200 is screeching constantly

My HP Laserjet 1200 is making a terrible and constant screeching noise. It makes the noise with or without a cartridge. Seems to be coming from the left-hand-side. I cannot recall if this began with a paper jam, but nothing seems to be lodged in the rollers.  It started suddenly; I never had any trouble with the printer prior to this.

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Probably the laser-mirror motor. It will screech until the load gives a error and the printer shows error/ is dead.
However, the motor can be lubed. Remove sides, remove screws found, remove top cover. Remove and open the black box containing laser. Remove motor board and lube the motor, dont get the mirror dirty. Asseble. Total time 15min...

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  • kaslan13 Jun 05, 2011

    just wanted to say that this solution worked! lubing the motor is probably the hardest part. after you remove the motor board (3 black screws, 4 purple power wires, and 1 ribbon cable), you need to disassemble the motor itself for proper lubrication.

    1) carefully remove the clip (looks like an omega symbol) on the spindle
    2) once clip is removed, square mirror can be lifted off spindle (don't lose the gold washer! and of course, don't get the mirror dirty)
    3) remove motor housing, and spindle can now be properly lubed. (we used bike lube but wd40 should be fine).
    4) put everything back in reverse order and you're done!

  • sabrina cook Sep 04, 2012

    How do you remove the clip? it's impossible

  • Edward Ruschmann May 13, 2013

    Indeed, removing the clip is one way but not necessarily the only way to access the motor shaft. Next to the round motor, there is a white pin/ post/ retainer. From the BOTTOM of the circuit board, gently nudge aside the white (Teflon) post, and only enough to clear the edge of the motor. Now, motor housing will lift off allowing access to shaft and bearing surfaces. Good ol' 3 in 1 Oil did the job for mine.

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