PIXMA MP160 Printer problem - FIXED - SOLUTION

  Graphicool1 14:16 12 Apr 2010

This was the problem I was having with my CANON PIXMA MP160 All-in-one printer...
I placed some paper in the printer, clicked print. Abruptly the paper was pulled to the right. While the printer went through the motions of printing. Then telling me it had printed the sheet! The sheet however hadn't even been taken into the machine it was still sticking out the back at an angle.
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For the full thread and suggestions made by others.

In case anyone else has this problem, I thought I should post my solution...

I thought there can't be much wrong with it. If I undo a few screws and get the cover off, I'd probably see the problem and get it sorted right off.

I looked at a few YouTube vid's, showing other people stripping down Canon printers to get inside, for other reasons. It would seem that there are a lot more screws to undo and a lot more things to remove, than I first thought. It's one thing stripping something down and a whole different story putting it back together. I thought there must be another, easier solution? There was...

The only tools you need are the Pink Cleaning Fluid, that comes with the refill ink bottles a cotton bud and either long, skinny fingers or small hands, as there isn't much room to manoeuvre. You can unplug the printer before starting. I didn't, but I'm a reckless idiot!

You insert the paper upright in a slot at the back of the Canon PIXMA MP160. Behind the paper is a plastic or metal plate, that flips up, pushing the paper forward. In front and at the bottom, of the top sheet of paper, there is a metal bar that runs the width of the printer. On this bar, in a fixed position to the right, there is a free spinning, rubber, pinch roller. This cannot be seen from wherever you look. The only way you can tell it is there is to put your fingers down the slot where you insert the paper, then you'll be able to feel it. It is directly adjacent to another roller which is concealed inside a white plastic block. The block can be seen if you look down the paper slot.

When the paper is pushed forward the white block tilts backward, allowing a sheet of paper to slip down and be pinched or trapped between the two rollers. The roller in the white block then pulls the paper into the printer. These rollers are what you have to clean with the cleaning fluid and cotton buds.

When you think you have cleaned it enough, plug the printer back in, turn on and go to you printer icon in the...
'Control Panel'
Right click the 'Printer' icon
Click 'Properties'
Click the 'Maintenance' tab
Click 'Roller Cleaning'
And follow the instructions, if you have cleaned the rollers enough, the paper should feed through just as it used to. If not, unplug the printer and do it some more.

It worked for me.

  Sea Urchin 14:36 12 Apr 2010

Wouldn't it be a good idea to post your solution on the original thread? Anybody searching this thread in the future will then see the outcome as well.

  Graphicool1 15:00 12 Apr 2010

I can see your point and yes you may be right. Although the reason I did it this way and included a link to the original thread was because of the title of the original...

'Printer Problem - CANON PIXMA MP160'

Those who thought that they could help responded. There is no way of knowing how many others were/are having the same or similar problems. So I thought this would be the best way to go about telling people the outcome. I marked the other thread as resolved. This new thread is titled accordingly...

'PIXMA MP160 Printer problem - FIXED - SOLUTION'

It say's it like it is.

I have now added it to the original thread as well.

  Sea Urchin 15:12 12 Apr 2010

A happy outcome - the best of both worlds :@)

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