The pickup roller is a rubber wheel that grabs the paper and feeds it in. Misfeeds and paper jams occur when the roller gets dusty or worn. It is the ONLY part that wears out on these printers.
Here are 4 ways to make your Samsung printer feed like when it was new:
CLEAN — If it is simply dusty it slips. So first try cleaning off the roller with water or rubbing alcohol (let it dry).
RENEW — If the surface is "shiny" (slightly worn) it can't grab the paper. Apply roller cleaner and rejuvenator to make the surface "tacky" so it can grab the paper.
ROTATE — With a slightly worn belt, you can remove the pickup roller, and either turn it inside out or rotate the belt and re-install it.
REPLACE — If the belt is cracked or worn down, remove and replace the rubber belt (or the belt and the core that holds it).
You can't see it, but paper has "paper dust" on it. Every time a sheet is fed through a little paper dust gets on the roller. After a while the roller becomes slippery and can't grab the paper very well.
You can wet a paper towel with water and clean the dust off the roller. Let it dry and that may fix your problems for a while! If it doesn't, try the rubber cleaner & rejuvenator or replace the roller.
You can clean the roller with alcohol but that will dry out the rubber roller over time. Some folks have used olive oil but that will age and become gummy over time. So try water first, and then go for one of the products listed below.
Click here to order Sprayway 203 Rubber Cleaner & Rejuvenator or "Blow Off" Max Professional 2145 Rubber Rejuvenator from Amazon. They are very similar. Click on each to compare which is a better deal.
Use this when your roller is still basically OK, but the surface is a little worn or shiny. This will keep your roller's rubber flexible and the surface "grabby" so it keeps picking up paper. Your roller will last longer.
Click here to see my YouTube video on how to apply this to your printer's pickup roller. Your roller will immediately have the tack and grab to pickup sheets of paper again. One big 13 ounce can is probably a lifetime supply.
Click here to read the Sprayway Rubber Cleaner MSDS (Manufacturer Safety Data Sheet) or the Blow Off Max Pro 2145 or the Martin Yale MSDS. They tell you the ingredients, safe handling instructions and so forth.
One other product which seems to be the same as the others, but is a bit higher priced is Martin Yale Rubber Roller Cleaner. I only include it here because prices change! It might be the cheapest today.
Also, the Sprayway can seems to have a new label, so you might see either the purple label as in my video with a big "203" on it or a can with a wide black strip and a rainbow of colors. All three cans seem to be exactly the same product inside.
Another product is CaiKleen RBR Liquid (RBR means "rubber").
This product gets all positive reviews which is pretty amazing for any product on Amazon. No one mentions any strong smells. Click here for the ingredient list.
Practice with the needle applicator before trying to get into the hard-to-reach rollers on your printer. The liquid is very thin and may drip. You may find it works better to apply a little to a Q-Tip and use that to apply the rejuvenator. Or use a makeup pad.
The bottle is a little less than an ounce but it goes a long way.
Click here to order Rubber Renue roller renewer from Amazon.
As belts age they dry out, shrink and crack. When you apply Rubber Renue the rubber softens and swells. As it evaporates, the rubber shrinks back to normal size and the surface is refreshed.
It takes very little to coat a belt, so this 4 ounce (125ml) bottle will probably last you forever. Hey! Take it to parties and fix your friends' printers!
This stuff has a strong smell, is flammable and is somewhat toxic so apply it in a well ventilated area, don't smoke and wear gloves. Also, don't throw the applicator (paper towel, Q-tips, whatever) in the trash indoors – set them outside to evaporate. It won't take long and it will keep your office non-toxic!
You remove the roller as shown in my video here. Then you simply twist or rotate the rubber roller to expose a new surface where it grabs the paper. Reinstall the rubber roller and the core and you’re done! This often works as well as a new roller.
The pickup roller is what grabs the paper and feeds it in. When it wears out you get misfeeds and paper jams. Click here to see my YouTube video on how to change the roller.
Click here to order this complete pickup roller (belt AND core) for $4 (+ $2 shipping…it ships from Florida so it comes quickly)! Samsung charges $8.95 for just the belt!
According to Samsung, the same roller belt fits the Samsung ML-1610, ML-2010, ML- 2240, SCX-4521f, CLP300, CLX3160FN, ML1610 and ML1610R, ML2010 and ML2010R, ML2015, ML2240, ML2241, ML2245, SCX4321, SCX4521F and SCX4521FG. The part number is JC73-00302A