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Grinding sounds from LaserJet printer

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LaserJet MFP M281cdw
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)

My printer makes a gear grinding noise every time a print job is sent to it. The sound is coming from the lower rear corner.  The printer still prints but the noise is quite disturbing. Is there a part that is worn or is there some other problem possibly?  Is there something I can check, lubricate or replace?

any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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@Shaun3d, Welcome to the HP Support Community!


It could be an issue with a hardware part in the printer. Check for any jams, obstructions, or damages inside the printer. Follow the steps mentioned in - Paper Jam Error


Re-insert the ink toners.


Update the printer firmware

Click here to download and install the latest printer firmware from your PC.

Click here to know different methods of updating printer firmware.


If the issue persists, please reach out to the HP Technical Support team in your region regarding the service/replacement options for your printer. 

You may create a case on the website to obtain a case number if required. Kindly watch this video to know how.


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