The other day I went on a call for a Lexmark X264 that was getting multiple paper jam errors. The errors were not consistent; the printer worked fine at times but also had days where it was not working correctly. When I arrived onsite, I printed a few pages and everything looked OK. So, I started looking further.
I removed the paper tray and checked the feed rollers. Then I tried printing again and got some paper jam problems. I removed the tray, again, for further inspection and found the source of the problem—the paper stop in the back of the tray was broken and had slid back so the paper wasn’t sitting up in the tray like it should. I installed in a new paper tray (part number 40X5381) and a few paper feed tires (part number 40X5440) and the machine was back and working the way it should.
Other possible causes of feed related issues are the registration rollers. If you remove the toner cartridge you will see a green and gray plastic piece that covers these rollers. Remove the four screws, pull the cover off and clean the rollers. These rollers get a build up on them and can cause odd feed issues. The media feed clutch that sits on the ACM unit is another part of the machine that I’ve seen cause some intermittent feed problems. This isn’t the easiest to get to but something worth checking out or replacing if you’re not seeing anything else that is the obvious. source of a paper feed problem.
Kevin Gumpp is a certified printer technician and freelance writer for TKO Electronics/Market Point. TKO Electronics/Market Point is a Lexmark Elite Authorized Parts Distributor selling Lexmark printer parts and a HP PartsOne Partner selling HP printer parts. If you have a question regarding this topic or have any other printer repair related questions or topics for which you would like more information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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