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HP Photosmart 6520 printer

The carriage for my print cartridges is stuck and I am unable to load ink - does anyone know how to free it. I do not have a paper jam and I have tried unplugging and leaving for 15 seconds before plugging back in. I have a photosmart 6520

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Hi @sara-50

 

Welcome to the HP Support Community. I'd be happy to assist you with the  "Carriage Jam" issue. 

 

 Try the steps below to resolve the error -

 

NOTE: The carriage is the part inside the printer that holds the cartridges and moves from side to side while printing.

 

Step 1: Check for obstructions in the carriage path

Make sure the carriage path is not blocked.

  1. With the printer on, disconnect the power cord from the rear of the printer.

  2. If your printer has a battery, remove the battery.

  3. Open the door to access the carriage inside of the printer.

    Examples of carriage access doors

    Opening an access door on top of the printerOpening an access door on the front of the printer

  4. Look in the carriage path for debris such as crumpled paper or dislodged labels, and then remove any that you find.

    Example of a printer with debris in the carriage path

    View inside a printer showing crumpled paper in the carriage path causing a carriage jam

  5. If the carriage on your printer has a latch, make sure it is closed.

       CAUTION: 

    Ink tank printers: If the latch is closed, do not press down on it.

     

    If the printhead latch is closed, do not press down on it

  6. Use your hand to move the carriage to each side, making sure it moves freely. If the carriage is stalled or docked to one side of the printer and you cannot move it, continue with these steps.

  7. Close the carriage access door.

  8. Reconnect the power cord to the rear of the printer, and then turn the printer on.

If the error persists, continue to the next step.

 

Step 2: Reset the printer

An error might continue to display after the jam is cleared. To clear the error state, reset the printer, connecting the power cord directly to a wall outlet to make sure the power source is stable and prevent more carriage jams.

  1. With the printer turned on, disconnect the power cord from the printer.

  2. Unplug the power cord from the power source.

  3. Wait 60 seconds.

  4. Reconnect the power cord to a wall outlet and to the printer.                                                                                                                                                                                   NOTE: HP recommends plugging the printer directly into a wall outlet.

Hope this helps! Keep me posted. 

 

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Have a great day! 

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unfortunately it didn't work - but thank you for responding!

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You're welcome.

 

I appreciate you trying all the suggested steps, but this seems like a hardware issue with the printer.

Please reach out to the HP Support in your region regarding the service options for your printer.

 

If you are having trouble navigating through the above options, it's most likely because the device is out of warranty. If yes? please send me a private message with the region you are contacting us from. Check next to your profile name, you should see a little blue envelope, please click on it. 

 

Hope this helps!

Please click “Accepted Solution” if you feel my post solved your issue, it will help others find the solution. Click the “Kudos/Thumbs Up" on the bottom right to say “Thanks” for helping!

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