HOT TIP: You are in the middle of a hot project that has to get out today! The printer is busy printing your finished project document when, without warning, you get the message: ERROR! "Transfer Roller Expired" and your print job stops printing. What do you do?
The Transfer Roller on your Laser Printer has a fixed life expectancy. When its life expectancy is reached, it forces the printer to stop printing any more documents. You have been busy working and didn't notice that the transfer roller on your printer was nearing its expiration. Unfortunately, some printer parts are hard to come by locally and must be ordered online. My Xerox 6250 printer issued the dreaded "Transfer Roller Expired" message on Monday, but a new Transfer Roller can't be delivered until Friday. What do I do in the meantime? I need to get the print job out today!
Why does the Transfer Roller Expire? I assume that the roller, itself has a life expectancy in which it can print quality pages. The actual cause for the roller to expire is that, during the printing process, excess toner is scraped from the paper and stored in an area of the Transfer Roller. Once the storage area becomes filled, the spent toner is forced through a secondary storage area on the Transfer Roller. This secondary storage area is a clear plastic compartment approximately 1/2" x 1/4" in size. Once the spent toner is pushed into this compartment, a sensor in the printer prevents any further printing until the Transfer Roller is replaced.
The following workaround is a temporary solution to get your print job complete without waiting for delivery of a new transfer roller. The Transfer Roller workaround described in the Tip is for Xerox part number 108R00592. WARNING: This workaround requires some mechanical knowledge and is an EXTREMELY MESSY PROCESS. Care should be taken when following this procedure. You will need a Philips Screwdriver, a can of compressed air (such as Dust-Off) and a plastic garbage bag for this process. Here are the steps to follow:
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