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HP LaserJet Pro 3001-3008 printers - 'Paper Jam' error

During a print job, the Paper light blinks, and a Paper Jam message might display on the printer software or HP Smart app. If paper becomes jammed inside the printer, look inside all paper paths and remove any jammed paper or foreign objects found.


Paper jams can be real or false. The printer might report a paper jam even when there is no jammed paper. The following steps apply to both real and false paper jams.

Perform the following tasks in the order given.

Possible jam locations

Paper jams can occur in multiple areas of the printer.

Jam locations




Toner cartridge access area


Input tray


Rear access door

Remove jammed paper

Look in all areas where jams can occur and remove any jammed paper or foreign objects found.

  • Do not use sharp objects, such as tweezers or needle-nose pliers, to remove jams.

  • When removing jammed paper, use both hands to pull the paper straight out from the printer.

Toner cartridge access area

Open the access door, look inside, and clear any jams found in the paper path.

  1. Make sure the printer is off.

  2. Open the cartridge access door, and then remove any paper from the output tray area.

    Removing any jammed paper
  3. Release the cartridge locking lever, and then remove any jammed paper.

    Releasing the lever, and then removing any jammed paper
  4. Remove the toner cartridge, and then remove any paper found inside the printer.

    Removing the toner cartridge, and then removing any paper found inside the printer
  5. Replace the toner cartridge, lock the lever, and then close the cartridge access door.

    Replacing the toner cartridge, locking the lever, and then closing the cartridge access door

Input tray

Remove the input tray and clear any jams found inside the paper feed path.

  1. Make sure the printer is off.

  2. Pull out the input tray.

    Pulling out the input tray
  3. Look inside the paper feed path and remove any jammed paper found.

    Looking inside the paper feed path and removing any jammed paper found
  4. Insert the input tray until it snaps into place.

    Inserting the input tray

Rear access door

Open the rear access door and remove any jammed paper from inside the printer.

  1. Make sure the printer is off.

  2. Open the rear access door.

    Opening the rear access door
  3. Remove any jammed paper.

    Removing any jammed paper
  4. Close the rear access door.

    Closing the rear access door

Reset the printer

Reset the printer to recover from printer errors or failures.

  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.


    HP recommends plugging the printer directly into a wall outlet.

  5. Turn on the printer to complete the reset.

Prevent paper feed issues from happening again

Follow these tips to help prevent paper jams, misfeeds, and no feeds.

  • Only use paper that is compatible with your printer. Do not use paper that is too thick or too thin.

  • When adding paper to the input tray, adjust the paper guides so they rest against the edge of the paper stack.

  • Whenever you change the paper size or type in the tray, be sure to change the paper setting on the print menu of the software application you are printing from.

  • Avoid using the printer in dusty or dirty environments.

Service the printer

Service or replace your HP product if the issue persists after completing all the preceding steps.

Go to Contact HP Customer Support to schedule a product repair or replacement. If you are in Asia Pacific, you will be directed to a local service center in your area.

To confirm your warranty status, go to HP Product Warranty Check. Repair fees might apply for out-of-warranty products.






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