“How do I fix a paper jam?” – You are the next person to ask this question. When you find yourself jammed with a ton of paper in the printer, what do you do? First, you try to rip it out (and there is a good chance you will rip a page), then you try to pull it back in (which again there’s a good chance you’ll rip another page). Then you may try to use a needle or other pointed object to pry it open.
If you’re like me, these methods usually work and then some. This is why you need to know the basics about clearing paper jams in your printer. If you know them, you’re half way to successfully getting your printer running like new again.
Let’s go over the steps that you can take to clear a paper jam. First, you have to understand that a paper jam is caused by a couple different things. The first is damage to the ribbon that runs across the feeder. The second is a paper bump or other type of force that has moved the paper into the jam. With that in mind, here’s how to fix a paper jam.
The first thing you can do to solve the paper jam is to pull the paper right out of the feeder. To do this, you will need to detach the ribbon from the feeder. This can be done by pulling the tabs on the paper up from the bottom of the machine. Next, you will need to push the tab down so that it clicks into a slot. After that, you will push the feed button to lock the ribbon in place.
If the paper hasn’t come out yet, the next step you should do is to push the slide button on your machine in order to lock the ribbon in place. Once that is done, you should push the tab down and then push the paper into the slot. Next, you will want to look at the area where the rubber meets the rubber grip. You should be able to easily stick your finger into that area. If not, simply push the tabs down a little bit to make sure that the paper doesn’t jam up the seal between the rubber and the grip.
If the above method does not work, the next step you should take is to look at the rollers underneath the feeder. If they have been bent, you need to pull them straight out. Otherwise, if you have them extended, you should bend them back into shape again. Make sure you take your time doing this so you don’t get shocked by what you find.
If that doesn’t work either, you should look to the ribbon feeder itself. It should be touching the paper or the glass on the top of your machine. If it isn’t, you should push the push button on your machine to release the jammed ribbon. If that does not work either, you should start looking at the rollers. They will be bent and it may be necessary to remove them to fix the jam.
One of the most common problems with inkjet printers is that the feeders will become stuck when the paper starts to run dry. This can be frustrating because you can’t do anything about it other than making sure the drawer is completely closed. However, there is an easy way to solve this problem. All you have to do is push the tab on the feeding mechanism and then push the tab down all the way so that it is flush with the paper. As long as you keep doing this, you should find that your printer will no longer jam.