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My shredder won't shred

The reverse works but not forward, or auto. I was shredding a few pieces of paper, and it just stopped. The over heating light was not on

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If the motor will not run, then probably there's paper clogged in the shredder. Turn over the shredder, after unplugging the power cord, and remove the papers.

If the motor will run but not shredding any paper, then the drive gear has broken teeth. This is not usually worth fixing.
Hope this helps.

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