Question about Samsung ML-2510 Laser Printer
I have an ML-2510 that I purchased earlier this year to replace an old HP 5L (or something like that) that had a paper feed problem, namely initially picking up a single piece of paper from the paper tray area and feeding it into the printer. Well, my new Samsung worked fine for a few short weeks. Now it has a permanently red flashing light, and I struggle to feed each piece of paper in, one at a time. It takes 3 tries minimally to feed a piece through. It, too, makes a clicking sound before and after. I thought cleaning each piece off of possible dust or a few stray hairlike fuzzies would help - but no. When I watch, it looks like the bootom piece tries to raise itself to meet the roller that takes up individual pieces of paper doesn't seem to come up high enough to do so. Any ideas and assistance would be greatly appreciated.
I just finished fixing my ml-2510 with the identical problem. you can take the pick up rubber and its housing off without removing the shaft. after taking off the front panel and taking out the upper paper tray and the toner you have lots of room to get your hands in there (make sure it's unplugged before you start). two plastic side supports hold the rubber housing in. lift the tab on one and slide it to the side. the housing will now come out . take note of the positioning of all these parts before taking them apart. I sometimes use a digital camera for this purpose. the housing snaps apart and the rubber band slides off. I turned it inside out and put everything back together. works great now (for another year I hope). It's not difficult, it took me about 30 minutes, but be gentle with these plastic parts. I needed a small flat head screw driver and a good lamp. the easiest way is to stand the printer up on its back and reach down inside the hole with the lamp set up over top. good luck.hope this helps.
Posted on Mar 05, 2008
Here's another trick I had learned in cleaning the rubber guide in a cassette tape deck machine in the old days. Dip a swap in denatured alcohol (be careful since it is poisonous) or rubbing alcohol and use it to rub and clean the black rubber band in the center. There's no need to disassemble any parts but you can take out the toner to get more space. -Jeff
Posted on Dec 29, 2008
The easiest solution for me was to use some rubbing alcohol and clean the rubber rollers. There is one that is in the middle of the feed mechanism that is about 2 inches wide. The other is long and skinny. After cleaning, the paper feed worked like new.
Posted on Apr 15, 2008
I just used a q-tip dipped in alchol and i just wiped it all over the rubber. and it worked. the red light is still on though.
Posted on Feb 27, 2009
Remove the pick-up roller as described above - white washer to left of roller located and latched in place by smaller piece with small tab that latches into shaft. Gently lift tab a touch with fingernail and slide to left. Washer now slides to left leaving roller able to be lifted from shaft (center of roller is 'U' shaped. Notice that rubber is retained by inner and outer pieces that are hinged together and retained by pins that snap into slots. Using small screwdriver pry halves so that pieces hinge apart. Tear a strip of paper (edge of desk works) that is as wide as rubber - not a critical measurement, just not wider as to extend beyond rubber. Fold paper strip to four thicknesses, as long as the 'saddle' of the inner halve. Discard excess paper. Slide paper between rubber and inner halve to shim rubber away. Reassemble roller, clean rubber w/alcohol. Replace onto shaft, slide washer to roller and clip to washer. Reinsert toner cartridge and paper trays. The paper will shim the rubber up a bit to grab the paper easier.
Posted on Aug 24, 2008
I really liked gclm's and beav12's solutions. I ended up sliding the collars off both ends to reinstall the pickup roller. It is important to note that the right (black) collar has an alignment pin that matches the edge of the pickup roller, just in case you forgot which way it goes in (like me!) Also, getting those white paper rollers to snap back into place was hell!
Posted on Feb 19, 2009
I just sprayed the ****** with a good amount of WD40 and it works. Ran a couple of sheets to clean things up and we're back in business. Thanks.
Posted on Apr 05, 2011
I agree with the people who used alcohol on a cotton swab and rubbed it on the middle black rubber piece on the inner roller. This fixed the problem immediatly, printer works great now. Previously I had experienced a computer crash and after reloading printer software the printer didn't respond so I downloaded the "universal printer drivers" from the Samsung website. I think the combination of doing both things was what solved the problem for me. I am very grateful for the advice I recieved from the people here, I was ready to give my printer to the recycle place.
Posted on Mar 08, 2010
Based on what I read here, I took the easiest route and used a cotton swab with a mild solvent (Heptane, more commonly sold as Rubber Cement Thinner) and cleaned with a side-to-side motion, the black pickup roller in the center of the pickup bar. No screwdrivers needed, no dis-assembly of the machine other than the paper tray and single-sheet feeder.
Works fine now!
My second choice if I didn't have the Heptane solvent would have been Fantastik or 409 cleaner or another cleaner with ammonia. It seems to me that the roller picks up paper debris, dust, dirt and other airborne crud creating a slick surface on the roller which can't grab the paper. Just removing the film with a solvent or cleaner should restore the roller surface to the point where it can do its job.
Worked for me.
Posted on Feb 16, 2010
Pictures for removal of the pick up roller may be found on page 14 at this ifixit page.
Posted on Mar 10, 2016
The pickup roller is a rubber cylinder mounted on a plastic former. If you remove it from the printer, it is possible to slide it along by 90 degrees and get a new life out of the rubber! It is a very clever piece of engineering as the tension in the rubber holds itself in place!
Posted on May 10, 2012
You don't need to remove side suppoting roller,at the back, just slide out one of the two white wheels on the side can take out the black roller already. not as hard as it sound, but the white suppoting wheel has front and back, make sure the roller is facing back......use mild solvent is the best for black roller.
Posted on Jul 26, 2011
Eurika! After posting my clarification question, I guess I was relaxed enough for inspiration to set in. I used masking tape to hold the rubber roller, large white idler(?) wheels, and collars in place while I got those annoying clips for the little white wheel at the right back in place. This kept the rubber roller from shifting while I got the clips back in and, voila!, working printer again!
Posted on Aug 09, 2010
Don't use alcohol to clean rubber parts! Yikes! It dries out the rubber and accelerates the decomposition. It might seem to work well for a while, but all you're doing is aggravating the problem over the long term. Use some typewriter roller rejuvenator, or barring that, WD-40 will actually work in a pinch. Just make sure to blot the pickup roller dry after you treat it with either product.
tim3375 is also spot-on about the 20# paper weight. I just picked one of these printers up at a yard sale for $5 today, and while it chokes and gags on the 67# card stock I was hoping to run through it, it'll eat regular old paper without batting an eyelash. Guess I can't complain for five bucks.
Posted on Jul 17, 2010
Before you start taking your printer apart, try this: use 20lb paper. I had been having problems for months using 24lb paper. I tried everything above once or twice, and they would work, but only for a time. So my wife suggested trying different rated paper, and it's worked perfectly every time ever since!
Posted on Jun 14, 2010
I fixed mine without removing any parts.
Remove the cartridge and top tray.
Reach in and squeeze the rubber tip between thumb and fingers to make it stick out a little further -it's feels soft and spongy.
Replace tray and cartridge.
It now works OK.
Posted on Jun 17, 2008
Tropmal is on the right track with the sandpaper to make the feed roller more abrasive, thus creating more friction to pick up the paper. However, when I used the sandpaper, it had little effect, so I tried a couple other methods (which I won't bother mentioning). After an eon of tinkering, I decided just to scratch/score the roller with the tip of a scissor blade, and bingo. A bit crude, yes, but this way, you don't even have to remove any parts. Just stick the blade in there and scratch away (just won't wear away *too* much rubber)!
Posted on Sep 04, 2008
I will help you. I had the very same problem but using my toned mechanical skills and clever thinking I was able to whip up a solution. I stuck a Kneaded Gum eraser around the black roller thing thats supposed to grab but sucks. Stick it on really thinly but make sure it's won't fall off and get jammed in the printer or something. Just brain storming some more... If you don't have a kneaded gum eraser like me handy maybe try that blue stuff that hold up posters. Worked for me. Welcome.
Posted on Feb 28, 2008
I have had such occasional problem for about 3-4 months.
To day I tried to push paper sheets forward (to the very end); it started to work.
If papers are back just a little bit, the error light is on. Pushing the papers forward helps.
Posted on Feb 12, 2008
Less than a year old would be under warranty, needs feed roller replaced from the sounds of it.
Posted on Nov 10, 2007
I have experienced the same problem . . . a little earlier this evening. I took all the inner components out, took apart the toner cartridge, I thought that the gearing was very hard to turn on it and on the inside of printer, paper feeding etc... and that is wear the loud noise is coming from. Out of desparation, I shook it to hear if anything internally was loose and there was and still is, I would not say its the best solution or by any means a permanent but you may be able to dislodge the debris from the gearing and be able to print. After it was dislodged from my printers gearing it has worked again. Though I believe it's temporary. I am looking for a guide or how-to on opening the printer casing to physically remove the debris. If you know of a guide let me know and I am sure it would help you too.
Posted on Nov 30, 2007
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