How to Replace a HP Printer Carriage Belt

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How to Replace a HP Printer Carriage Belt
A Phillips or Torx screw driver is the only tool needed to replace the carraige belt. (set of screwdrivers image by TAlex from

Unfortunately not all parts in a printer are able to last forever. If your HP printer's carriage belt has worn out and you do not want to pay to have it replaced, you can buy a new belt to install yourself. Replacing a printer's carriage belt should only be performed by someone with reasonably good mechanical skills.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Phillips screw driver
  • Torx screw driver

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    Replacing the Carriage Belt

  1. 1

    Unplug the power cord from the printer and disconnect any cables attached to computers. Wait fifteen minutes to make sure the printer is completely cooled down before proceeding.

  2. 2

    Remove the computer's top cover. On some model this requires finding plastic tabs to snap the cover off. Other models have a hinged access door that simply lifts up.

  3. 3

    Locate the printer's carriage belt. Find the clips that hold the carriage in place. Make note of the type of screws holding the clips in place; some printers use Phillips screws and others use Torx screws.

  4. 4

    Remove the screws holding the printer carriage belt in place. Be careful not to drop any of the screws into the printer as they may be hard to locate.

  5. 5

    Unthread the carriage belt and replace it with the new carriage belt. Be careful to place the new carriage belt through the clips in the same way the old belt was.

  6. 6

    Return all the screws to their original spots, making sure to tighten them so they will not come loose. Remember that the printer carriage belt moves constantly during operation.

  7. 7

    Replace the printer's cover. Plug the electrical cord back in and reconnect the printer to the computer.

Tips and warnings

  • Never force any part of the printer when removing the carriage belt. Remember most parts are made of plastic, which can bend or break easily.

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