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  • ervins89 Apr 07, 2011

    This printer prints perfectly, but it makes high-pitched squeaking noises, as though some gears need oil. It is not a rumbling noise. I replaced the toner cartridge, since it doesn't start squeaking until the paper starts running through.That didn't help.

    The squeak has a rhythm like the rotation of a wheel. It starts slowly as it prepares to print and then speeds up as it pulls the paper through. It stops after the paper comes out of the machine.

    Hope this helps.

  • ervins89 Apr 12, 2011

    I am not a technician and I have no repair manual so I don't how to identify or get at the gears you are talking about. Where can I get access to a diagram or parts list that show me how to repair what you're talking about?

    Ervin

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Hi

It is the gears of either the imaging drum rollers or the fuser drum rollers of the toner cartridge itself that squeaks. You need to grease these gears and if not try to replace the cartridge and to check if the squeaks sound will disappear.

Also, check the cartridge compartment for spilled ink and clean the compartment by removing all the cartridges and clean it using a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol.

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Hi,

Let me share this piece of information with you that might be of help.

I just fixed a LaserJet 2100TN that had the same exact symptoms - rumbling noises from deep inside when the paper path components were moving, but the printouts came out perfect. The printer worked fine, but the noise was very annoying to the owner. The sound reminded me of a drive gear problem or a paper path problem. I first tried a new toner cartridge, but the noise was still there. So, I removed all of the covers and checked the drive gears, but they were in pristine condition. The paper path was dirty, so I removed the fuser to get a full view of the paper path. I used a soft lint-free cloth and compressed air to thoroughly clean the inside of the printer (including the insides of the covers). I used compressed air to clean out the fuser assembly, but it wasn't very dirty. I found a large buildup of toner on the transfer roller (foam roller under the toner cartridge) and cleaned off the excess with the cloth and then compressed air. I reinstalled the original toner cartridge and tried another printout - the rumbling noise was gone and the printout was still great. I noticed that the LaserJet 2100TN has three rubber paper feed rollers that resemble tank tracks. They are in the area where I felt the noise was coming from. It might be possible that the dirt or toner residue could been hampering their rotation, which would have probably made a rumbling noise as the rollers (inside the tracks) moved, but the rubber tracks didn't. Although I did remove the fuser (maybe it had a bad connection) it appears to me that dirt and toner residue were the culprits.

I hope this helps.....

Good luck

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