How to Take Apart Your Printer (Scanner/Fax)




Introduction: How to Take Apart Your Printer (Scanner/Fax)

The following takes you through the process of taking apart a printer/scanner/fax with enough caution to capture useful parts for the sake of sustainable re-use.  Basically, once you have broken it down, you will be able to use the motors, gears, and whatsits for use in creating anything you can imagine (and afford).

Firstly, make sure you have the following tools/material on hand:  very tiny screwdriver, normal screwdriver, flat-head screwdriver, bag or container for the screws, bag or container for the parts you want/don't want, and newspaper for glass 

There are a lot of screws!  First step is to locate and remove all screws.

Second step is to remove any plastic parts that can easily pop off.  Be careful not to rip apart anything although some parts may require a lot of force to pop out.

Third, remove the scanner portion.  There may still be hidden screws - remove them.  There will be a headers and ribbons, be careful not to tear these.  You will be able to remove the header from its port (especially easy for those with tiny fingers).

Once you are able to separate the top and bottom layer, you can begin further disassembling either layer.  For this, we will first finish off the top layer because it has less parts attached.  The top can possibly have one motor, and a pulley at best.  The more useful parts are in the bottom.

For the bottom, make sure you remove any cartridges.  Then you can remove the cartridge trays.  Since they sit on a metal pole, you must work around the pole before removing the pole itself.  

At this point, you can now extract various motors, pulleys, platforms and other useful parts.

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    Question 1 year ago on Introduction

    Is it possible to make the scanner work again, "alone"?


    4 years ago

    This is a big help, my home printer was acting funny so I decided to fix it myself since I am living on a budget. I ordered very affordable <ahref=“”>printer parts</a> from and online supplier of copier and printer parts. I am pretty technologically savvy so witht hte help of the owner's manual and this post I was able to get my printer back up and running. Thanks!!

    Becky Donovan

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Tip- Use carburetor cleaner to remove the glass from the scanner bed of an all in one printer of stand alone scanner.