Question about Canon PIXMA MP530 All-In-One InkJet Printer
ADF stopped functioning. When I stack documents in the adf, it makes a sound when the paper is properly placed. However, when I hit the scan or copy button, the scanner starts & a blank paper is produced. No document was fed into the scanner & the alarm light comes on.
Is this a mechanical problem or a software problem? Any ideas on corrective action?
Welp, I pulled out my screwdriver and fiddled around just a bit and got
documents to feed again (yay!). I do not believe this is a permanent
fix, though, but it was enough to get my document scanned in without me
having to feed each sheet manually.
Step 1: Open the document feeder cover. Easy to do, you just stick your hand under it and lift up. It has a little pressure because of the latch but it is designed to give way when you lift hard enough. Once it's open, pull out the little black plastic piece that keeps the cover from swinging all the way open.
Step 2: Unscrew the ADF motor/gear assembly cover. There's a single screw holding it in. Once you unscrew it, you'll need to pull up on the left side of the cover until it pops upward, then you need to push the cover towards the left until it is freed up from the rest of the cover. This one was a little tricky. Several times I thought I might break it (before I realized that I needed to push the cover towards the left) so try not to apply unreasonable force while you're doing this.
Step 3: Close the document feeder cover, put your documents in the feeder and start your scan. Use your fingers to fiddle with the gears while the ADF motor is running and trying to feed documents. I'm not sure if I flicked the little gear upward or downward to get the documents to feed, but one of those ways got the documents to start feeding. Once it started feeding the first page, it seemed to work well for the rest of the pages without me having to fiddle with it anymore.
I am guessing that there is some level that controls the location of the middle gear that needs to be oiled, but I didn't go any further to try and make that happen. Hence this is probably just a temporary fix for now.
Putting it back together is pretty straightforward. Just do the reverse of what you did to get it open.
Hope this helps someone!
Posted on Jul 03, 2009
Posted on Feb 04, 2008
You don't actually have to remove the housing just lift the cover and there is a little window where you can see the white gear.
Jiggle/move it back and forth a few times and it should start working again.
Posted on Jan 16, 2013
Is there a more permanent fix in the meantime? I'm just tired of fiddling each time I use the ADF...
Posted on Jul 10, 2010
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