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How do I fix a broken clutch ( a tiny plastic piece) in my printer. This is due to pulling out a jammed paper too hard.

I have taken apart the printer as far as I could go. But not able to get to the "clutch". It looks like this tiny piece can only be replaced as part of a larger piece. (It cannot be glued on that is certain). It is that larger piece that I could not remove. It would be useful to know the name of this piece and how to remove it so that I may possibly order the part. Is there a site where I could get a diagram of the inside of the printer?

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