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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....
Canon MP160 Paper jam error E3 - 75aba9d.jpg3f22050.jpg

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

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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 E3 : Check if the paper has jammed in the machine, reload the paper in the machine correctly and then press [Black] or [Color].

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If you cannot remove the paper or the paper tears inside the machine, or if the paper jam error continues after removing the paper, contact a Canon service representative.
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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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