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Canon MP160 Paper jam error E3

OK as I discribed above, printer tries to feed a sheet in, the sheet stops and wont continue.
The LED says this is a E3 error, meaning jammed paper.
Only thing is, there is nothing in the parth of the paper feed guide to create a paper jam up.
I have taken my printer apart, twice now, and unless the fault it is invisible (which it wont be), I just cannot see any phisically reason for this failure.

Pressing the <|> green button, now alows the paper to proceed all the way through the printer, and spits it out, thus proveing there is nothing to make a blockage.

OK, I have seen a small vertical flat black leaver mounted on the vertical steel back close to the inch grey paper roller wheel. It breakes a LED switch light parth, if this was open circuit, or not moving, could it give a E3 jam error?
If the soldered connections on this small PCB were dodgy, resoldering them could restore functionality.

If the white plastic vacuum ink ****** was jammed, internally, could it load up the DC motor, and the circuit sence a current overload and shut down the drive motor?

OK what should I do in your opinion (in ordered logical steps) to eliminate this fault.

Curious

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  • Lisa Imberi Dec 29, 2008

    I have the same problem--sort of. Except mine won't do anything at all. I can't get the rollers to move to push a sheet of paper through. I can see that there is not one stuck, at least it doesn't appear that there is. I don't know what to do.

  • gooyong_shin Feb 21, 2009

    I have the same symptoms and problem. But the paper would not go in. I do not know where and how to look for the jammed paper.
    Please help.

  • gooyong_shin Mar 01, 2009

    The message says: Paper jammed. Error E3. But nothing I can see is jammed. The does not feed.

  • nezu_chuuko Apr 12, 2009

    The paper will feed in about 1/2 inch then jam. The green button feeds the paper through, then the next page jams again. Very irritating >:(

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MP160 PIXMA paper feed jam E3 error. I completely solved this on my Canon MP160 printer but it is a common problem and the fix may work for others such as MP130 MP140 MP145 MP150 MP170 or MP180. With the problem I had, the printer would make the usual motor whirring noises but would not feed the paper. The usual c-clunk sound that indicated the feed roller has been engaged was not there. The screen warning said to remove jammed paper and the printer showed an E3 error. The problem was caused by the ink cartridge carrier becoming stcky on its track and not fully returning to the rest position on the right side (as viewed from the front). The fix involved taking the printer apart and lubricating the cartridge carrier track and the ramps that lift the cradle that rises to cover the printheads. Unfortunately you have to dismantle the printer and separate the scanner unit to get to the lubrication points. Its not a quick fix. When you have the printer apart you will see a prominent white lever held by a coiled spring just behind the rest position of the ink cartridge carrier. The lever is actuated by the ink cartridge carrier when it moves to the right. If the lever is not actuated, the motor drive will never engage the large grey feed roller and the paper in the hopper cannot be fed into the printer. Make sure to also put some lube onto the lever at the point where it is struck by the ink cartridge carrier.

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    Gemma Payne Nov 24, 2010

    I keep seeing your post - but I have no idea where to start?
    I desperately need my printer! it's the mp170 one.

  • banfixa Nov 24, 2010

    Hi gemzee. My MP160 is still going fine and the E3 error has never returned, so the fix I posted has proved to be a long term solution. All it needed was some lubrication in the critical areas. Unfortunately I only got to the bottom of the problem by dismantling of the whole thing, applying some lube and putting it back together again. What I don't know for certain is whether you can apply some lube and fix the problem without taking it apart. Here's something you could try. Open the top with the power on and you will see the ink cartridges move to the left. You should be able to see the edge of a length of steel channel that the cartridges travel along when they move back and forth left and right. Apply a drop of light oil to the channel edge and smear it along the length of the channel both on the outside facing edge and the inside facing edge. You may need to apply the oil first to a cotton bud and then transfer it to the channel. Close the top and see if that solves the problem.
    If it doesn't, open the top again and look for the small white plastic tongue that sits just above and behind the channel edge at the right hand end. That tongue is struck by the cartridge carrier when it moves all the way to the right. Apply a bit of lube to this as well. I hope this helps.

  • joshmo99 Aug 30, 2011

    lubricating the tracks worked like a charm for me

  • joshmo99 Aug 30, 2011

    also, i didn't have to take my printer apart

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Is not paper jam ( E 3 3 ) but is something related with this ( just E 3). That means something is stock, is blocked inside on the paper way. Can be a piece of paper or a leaf in my case, and that is pushing a sensor. This sensor ( his arm ) can be reached when you open the top of the printer and there you can see a white long printer spare part. The mechanical sensor is placed in the right window of the white printer spare part between first two springs. So E 3 means is something there and you have to remove. It is a tight place. Insert a thick paper and force to insert instead of paper. You have to rotate the big wheel placed in the left side of printer

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Hi,
CANON PIXMA MP160 All-In-One InkJet Printer
has few common problems. Such as Driver CD lost, Scanner does not work, Connection problem etc. For find all these software solution just click here....
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I was sooooooooo frustrated and did 1-2 hours of research for fixing the MP160 cannon printer ..... my paper was also not feeding, I oiled the tracks and still nothing worked, then I read that if you feed a thick paper like a greeting card (thinker than a piece of paper) and feed it while you press the green ,<I> button then try to force the card through and one of your kids toys will appear --- after about 5-8 times (do not give up) I got my sons lego ..... then the printer worked after twice trying to print - again do not give up - this solved my E3 problem ----- 2-3 hours of research and work on the printer..... I almost pulled something of importance with tweezers (looked like sticky tape - gaffer tape...) but this was not the problem -- i pushed it back in and it seems ok .....good luck .....

Posted on Jun 21, 2012

I work in a shop repairing these printers and have had a large number with the same fault - displaying E-3 with no jam in the paper path. This is caused by a broken part in the paper feed mechanism that pevents the printer from taking the paper. The part located right at the bottom of the printer looks like two white gears connected together with a central spring. At present I am trying to find a supplier of the spare parts - will check back.

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The long term solution is to start looking for a better printer, and you might want to forget about this brand, EVER! I've had enough of it after having to put up with it in the office for the past 10 years, because the previous management thought it was cheaper, failing to calculate the lost hours, workers' frustration and low productivity. I am using HP now (both office and home), and am a happier end-user than before; meanwhile, you can try all the methods above, but the problems will keep coming back every now and then, because I think Canon try to sell too many things, thus, the firm ended up like "master of none". I had a Canon camera which had a circuit problem, a printer with a paper-feed problem and a copier which required frequent maintenance. I dumped them all in the garage.

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I just dealt with this today and I unplugged the USB from the computer and then plugged it back in and now it's magically working. ?!!

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The paper jam occurs due to a white gear located at the bottom right of the printer. you need to disassemble it and either replace or repair the gear. the gear can be identified as a set or 2 gears attached together by a spring wch allows only one side rotation of the gears. you can see a piece of thin metal rod attached on the side of the gear holder. for repair purposes, take that outand make it as straight as possible and fix the rod again. then disjoin the gear with spring in between and increase the temper of the joining lock on one of the gears by stretching it outside a little bit. make sure it wont break. then fix it again and i can ASSURE you that the printer no longer shows the error. :) try ;;)

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Error 3 indicated - what is it and how do I fix it


E3 means that there is a paper jam. If you are getting the E3 error and there is not an actual paper jam you may need to do is simulate a paper jam. Try inserting paper crooked to cause a jam so that when it starts trying to feed the paper through it gets jammed. Then lift the cover up and take the paper out. You'll then get a bunch of the lights flashing. Turn the printer off and then back on and you should be good to go.


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Use this method with your own risk!! E2-2 = No paper (ASF) E3-3 = Paper jam E4 =...


Use this method with your own risk!!

E2-2 = No paper (ASF)
E3-3 = Paper jam
E4 = No ink
E5-5 = The ink cartridges are not installed or a non-supported ink cartridge is installed, or the ink cartridges are not installed properly
E8 = Waste ink absorber full, or platen waste ink absorber full
E9 The connected digital camera / video camera does not support Camera
Direct Printing
E14 The Ink cartridges whose destination are wrong
E15 Ink cartridge is not installed E16 - Ink remaining is unknown
E16 -E19 Failed to scan head alignment sheet
E22 Carriage error
E23 Paper feed error
E24 Purge unit error
E25 ASF(cam) sensor error
E26 Internal temperature rise error
E27 Waste ink absorber full or platen waste ink absorber full
E28 Ink cartridge temperature rise error -
E29 EEPROM error
E33 Paper feed position error
E35 15 USB Host VBUD overcurrent error - USB
E37 17 Abnormal motor driver error
E40 20 Other hardware error
E42 22 Scanner error

Reset E27 Waste ink absorber full or platen waste ink absorber full for Mp140

turn off printer.
- press and hold your finger at on/off with reset/stop button together
- turn on printer power switch
- release the button on / off, but at the same time continue to press the stop / reset and then press the button on / off again and continued to hold the two buttons.
- wait a moment
- relese stop/reset button 2X.( you will see the led light blinks twice when you press the stop / reset twice)
- release on/off button.
wait until the screen on the printer control panal shows the number 0.
- after printer panel screen shows number 0.
- press stop/reset button 4x
- press on/off button 1x
- wait until you hear the movement of your printer roller
- when you hear the movement of the roller your printer, wait a while until you do not hear any sound of movement in your printer. :)
- turn off and turn on printer again and your will see your printer back to normal.

Ok world...Good luck

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Error code E3 with no paper jam


it is problem your printer can not feed paper properly or problem paper feed sensor please try to resum button press when occard this E3 signal or clean sensor or claugth

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It won't work and has an Error Code E2?


Dear Shaun McKenny, I just posted a fix to a Error Code E3 which is a paper jam that had no visable paper jam..Try this...it may be that you have some kind of paper stuck in the rollers...and you just can't see it ! Turn printer OFF for at (10 Seconds) then turn it back ON and listen to hear the Feed rollers turning and Force FEED a sheet of paper into your printer...until it catches and pulls the paper through and see if some scrap of paper comes out with the
sheet ? GOOD LUCK ! Let me know Phil at
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If this works for you, spread the word !!

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E3 flashing wat does it mean


E2-2 No paper (ASF)
E3-3 Paper jam
E4 No ink
E5-5 The ink cartridges are not installed or a non-supported ink cartridge is installed ,
or the ink cartridges are not installed properly
E8 Waste ink absorber full, or platen waste ink absorber full

E9 The connected digital camera / video camera does not support Camera
Direct Printing
E14 The Ink cartridges whose destination are wrong
E15 Ink cartridge is not installed E16 - Ink remaining is unknown
E16 -E19 Failed to scan head alignment sheet
E22 Carriage error
E23 Paper feed error
E24 Purge unit error
E25 ASF(cam) sensor error
E26 Internal temperature rise error
E27 Waste ink absorber full or platen waste ink absorber full
E28 Ink cartridge temperature rise error -
E29 EEPROM error
E33 Paper feed position error
E35 15 USB Host VBUD over current error - USB
E37 17 Abnormal motor driver error
E40 20 Other hardware error
E42 22 Scanner error
1) With the printer powered off but connected to a power source, press the Power button while pressing and holding
the Stop/ Reset button.
2) When the Power LED is lit, press the Stop/Reset button two times while pressing and holding the Power button.
3) When releasing the Power button and the Stop / Reset button (regardless of order), the printer will move into a
service mode. (Waiting for menu selection)
4) When the LED lights in green, press the Stop/Reset button
3 times for Orange EEPROM reset.


Each time the Stop/Reset button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in
orange and green, starting with orange.)
The number of the Reset
button pressing
LED Function Remarks


3 times Orange EEPROM reset

12 or more times Returns to a menu selection

If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe



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Canon PIXMA MP150 with E3 Flashing.


How to clear Error Code Canon printers MP150 MP160
CANNON Printers MP150/MP160 ERROR CODE


E2-2 No paper (ASF)
E3-3 Paper jam
E4 No ink
E5-5 The ink cartridges are not installed or a non-supported ink cartridge is installed ,
or the ink cartridges are not installed properly
E8 Waste ink absorber full, or platen waste ink absorber full

E9 The connected digital camera / video camera does not support Camera
Direct Printing
E14 The Ink cartridges whose destination are wrong
E15 Ink cartridge is not installed E16 - Ink remaining is unknown
E16 -E19 Failed to scan head alignment sheet
E22 Carriage error
E23 Paper feed error
E24 Purge unit error
E25 ASF(cam) sensor error
E26 Internal temperature rise error
E27 Waste ink absorber full or platen waste ink absorber full
E28 Ink cartridge temperature rise error -
E29 EEPROM error
E33 Paper feed position error
E35 15 USB Host VBUD overcurrent error - USB
E37 17 Abnormal motor driver error
E40 20 Other hardware error
E42 22 Scanner error

1) With the printer powered off but connected to a power source, press the Power button while pressing and holding
the Stop/ Reset button.
2) When the Power LED is lit, press the Stop/Reset button two times while pressing and holding the Power button.
3) When releasing the Power button and the Stop / Reset button (regardless of order), the printer will move into a
service mode. (Waiting for menu selection)
4) When the LED lights in green, press the Stop/Reset button the specified number of time(s) according to the
function listed in the table below.(Each time the Stop/Reset button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in
orange and green, starting with orange.)
The number of the Reset
button pressing
LED Function Remarks

0 time Green Power off
1 time Orange Service pattern print
2 times Green EEPROM print
3 times Orange EEPROM reset
4 times Green Waste ink counter reset See waste ink counter reset
procedures below.
5 times Orange Destination setting See Destination setting
procedures below.
6 times Green Print head deep cleaning
11 times Orange Button / LCD checking
12 or more times Returns to a menu selection


If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe

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Wont fire up, just reads E3


Normal 0 I suggest you get a sheet of Card Stock (Heavy paper) and place it in the feed way. Then press the print button applying a slight amount of pressure on the Card Stock so it will feed through the printer. The reason for this is in some cases I have been able to clear the paper track of debris that was deposited there over time.
Worth a try, as I have fixed a number of printers this way, saving costly repairs.
Hope this helps. Bud

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If the screen states E3, what does this mean and how can I fix it


E2-2 = No paper (ASF)
E3-3 = Paper jam
E4 = No ink
E5-5 = The ink cartridges are not installed or a non-supported ink cartridge is installed, or the ink cartridges are not installed properly
E8 = Waste ink absorber full, or platen waste ink absorber full
E9 = The connected digital camera / video camera does not support Camera Direct Printing
E14 = The Ink cartridges whose destination are wrong
E15 = Ink cartridge is not installed E16 - Ink remaining is unknown
E16 -E19 = Failed to scan head alignment sheet
E22 = Carriage error
E23 = Paper feed error
E24 = Purge unit error
E25 = ASF(cam) sensor error
E26 = Internal temperature rise error
E27 = Waste ink absorber full or platen waste ink absorber full
E28 = Ink cartridge temperature rise error -
E29 = EEPROM error
E33 = Paper feed position error
E35 15 = USB Host VBUD overcurrent error - USB
E37 17 = Abnormal motor driver error
E40 20 = Other hardware error
E42 22 = Scanner error


Perform these steps to reset the EEPROM
1) With the printer powered off but connected to a power source, press the Power button while pressing and holding
the Stop/ Reset button.
2) When the Power is lit, press the Stop/Reset button two times while pressing and holding the Power button.
3) When releasing the Power button and the Stop / Reset button (regardless of order), the printer will move into a
service mode. (Waiting for menu selection)
4) When the on/off lights in green, press the Stop/Reset button the specified number of time(s) according to the
function listed in the table below.(Each time the Stop/Reset button is pressed, the LED lights alternately in
orange and green, starting with orange.)note: press 4 times for waste ink counter reset.

The number of the Reset
button pressing
LED Function Remarks
0 time Green Power off

1 time Orange Service pattern print
2 times Green EEPROM print
3 times Orange EEPROM reset
4 times Green Waste ink counter reset

5) Turn off the printer.( it must be turn off)
then turn it on again.

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Hope this sorts it, it did this on mine.
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