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Canon PIXMA MP160 showing paper jam, but none

I tried EVERYTHING. I'm almost giving up! Unplugging the printer for a week, checking for paper jams, removed and inserted the ink cartridges, but no solution. My printer keeps flashing an E,3 message, but there's NO paper jam. What's going on? I'm getting very frustrated.

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  • blue1982 Feb 25, 2008

    well my problem is similar to amelynn 1973's it gets the paper as if it's running but then the paper stops almost at the beginning and nothing it just returns it back.

  • Youdiano Feb 26, 2008

    Same problem - the 'alarm' light is on, the message E and 3 repeatedly flashing and nothing happens whichever button I press. Turned it off and on again many times. No good. No paperjam. The ink cartridge carrier does not move to the left when the cover is lifted (eg to change cartridges) and it just does not move.

  • annoyed89 Apr 24, 2008

    I was printing a document but instead of printing the paper went all the way through and then it said there was a paper jam. I have tried everything even trying to print something else with the magazine cover as suggested. Any other ideas?

  • Anonymous May 03, 2008

    Printer showing Error 3 Printer has been turned off, but still shows that error.

  • Anonymous May 11, 2008

    paper jammed but no actual paper

  • divvy123 Jun 22, 2008

    Printer was working find then suddenly came up with E23 error, paper jam - any solutions ?

  • christinuka Jul 23, 2008

    I can't get rid of the E3 message Paper Jam , although i don't have any paper stocked in the printer. I tried to do some advices listed on this forum but nothing worked . What should I try more?

  • Anonymous Jul 24, 2008

    I have the same problem - would not recommend the Canon Pixma MP160 to someone looking to purchase a printer.

  • tbirus Aug 29, 2008

    We have been using our printer and now we can't for the same problem. How can we fix the paper jam when there is no jam?

  • rocherashal Sep 03, 2008

    I have same problem error code 3 paper jam but actuelly there is no paper jam means that technically and design are not good we ask canon to find a solution for their customers because it looks all customers have the same problem without solution

  • mh96 Sep 10, 2008

    Prints first sheet then a blank then tells me to clear paper jam when there isn't one. I have tried to clean it so far as one can get at the inside area of the machine - even taken the hoover to it but to no avail.

  • mmlereve Oct 19, 2008

    Yep! same problem. I havent even had the printer that long. And just when I was about to print my wedding invitations too!! Ive tryed cleaning the rollers, dusting etc, to no avail. Theres no point sending it in to get fixed either. I mean, theres nothing wrong with it. No paper jam? It seems there is a major problem with the pixma 160. So Im just going to get a new one. Damn thing!!!

  • rodeechi Oct 19, 2008

    I have the exact same problem of paper jam on my Canon Pixma MP160

  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2008

    piece of **** stupid printer

  • Anonymous Dec 08, 2008

    I had the same problem - I used thicker paper and nothing happened so I then stuck a greeting card in it istead sweeping back and forth...out came a Q-Tip of all things. Now I have no ink.....

  • toddgray13 Jan 10, 2009

    mine won't begin to pull paper and there is no jam and the printer says E3. Mine is a 150.
    Do I have to throw it away?
    Repair it?
    help! please


  • Lechiagreene Feb 07, 2009

    paper jams every time I try to prints

  • Anonymous Feb 28, 2009

    some one please help. my computer printer is having the same problem. i need a solution

  • Anonymous Apr 23, 2009

    LED flashes E 3 but there is no jam

  • jonpetts Apr 29, 2009

    read garty's post. i have a PIXMA 210 and couldn't start the print at all. no paper. no jam. just the jam error. like garty i FORCED a piece of very thick A4 card through thinking this would just kid the printer into thinking i'd fixed a jam that was never really there. out popped a small piece of wicker basket that had snapped off a nearby basket! all works fine now!



    FIXED!

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    paper jammed, ink cartridge stuck

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Hi
just recently had these problems
symptoms:
LED flashing E3 code and alarm light was solid. But dissapeared when opened the coved and came back on when closed the cover.
Also the when the cover was open the inks did not slide out to the left and stayed to the right side.
There was no paper jam, but error said paper jam.

Solution:
1. I took a thick piece of paper, from like a paper folder ones, thick enough to go in the printer and not curl up when pushed..
2. turned off the printer and turned it back on.
3, while printer was turning on,and makings sound as it does normally when turning on, I pushed through the piece of paper and the rotors stoped for a millisecond.
4.the rotors started again and pushed out the paper by it self with out my force.
5. I let the printer get started. and then turned it off and then on.
6. this solved all of my problems.
this was the first problem ever with this printer in 3 years.,preety good printer.

good luck...

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  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2016

    We had the same problem, printer kept saying paper jam and there was no paper. We followed your directions, and bam! It worked like a charm. Thank you.

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Don't know if it's the same problem i had but its maybe worth a try. My paper went in a little, the wheels were turning but it didn't take the rest of the paper or print.
Yesterday someone replied to my problem, i tried it this morning and its fixed 1st time.
Solution:- Use a piece of thin card, a magazine cover is what i used, make sure its A4 size then try to print something, as the paper starts moving PUSH it through! and hey presto it worked for me, everything printing fine now

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  • msuman Dec 08, 2010

    This worked for me, too!

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Thanks ! Just saved 90 Euro for reparation !
I pushed a tick piece of paper (cover of a magazine) into the printer when it started printing and a little piece of plastic came out of the printer... I don't know what it is, but the printer prints normally now !!!

THANK YOU !!!!

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I FORCED a piece of very thick A4 card through, thinking this would just kid the printer into thinking i'd fixed a jam that was never really there. out popped a small piece of wicker basket that had snapped off a nearby basket! oops! all works fine now!

FIXED!

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There is cartridge jam error replace cartridge

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I had this problem and had to send it back to Canon. The repairman found what he said were "popcorn kernels and insect remains" inside the printer. He said, "These things are notorious for jamming." Then I was charged $60. I wish I had never purchased this printer; I've had nothing but trouble with it.

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Same thereis no paper jam but it showing paper jam

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Fiend your solution direct from Canon. Here is your solution...

Canon PIXMA MP160 showing paper jam, but none - 75aba9d.jpg3f22050.jpg

http://www.canon.com/printer/prob676ijt65/solution

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Hey guys thanks a lot...it really worked..I just pushed an a4 card paper inside the tray and turned on the printer...Problem solved.

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Yes - very helpful Thanks.

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I can print

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