If you’ve tried to print something only to have your Canon printer TS3160 give you an error message with the code 5100, you’re not alone. Many Canon printer users have experienced this problem. So what does the code 5100 mean?
Generally, code 5100 means there is some sort of problem with the printer’s carriage assembly. This can be caused by various things, such as dirt or dust in the assembly, a misaligned print head, or a defective carriage encoder strip. You’ll have to disassemble the printer and clean everything to solve this problem. There are several ways to do this, but we’ll focus on a method that doesn’t require you to remove any parts. First, you’ll need to open the printer and remove all the ink cartridges. This will allow you to clean the carriage assembly without worrying about getting ink everywhere. Next, use a blower brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner to remove any dust or dirt inside the printer. If you have a compressed air can, you can use that to spray away any dust that is in the printer. Be sure to hold the can upside down, so any liquid doesn’t come out and get into your printer.
Code 5100 on Canon TS3160
You may have a paper jam if you have a Canon TS3160 printer and a “5100” error code. In most cases, this is caused by the rollers on the bottom of the printer not being able to move the paper inside correctly. If you have a Canon TS3160, lift the printer from the top and unplug the power cord. Next, take out any paper in the tray on the bottom of your printer. Remove any paper that is jammed in the printer. If you have a compressed air can, you can use that to spray away any dust that is in the printer. Be sure to hold the can upside down, so any liquid doesn’t come out and get into your printer.
What does it mean?
Turn your printer on its side and remove the cartridge. Look down at the bottom of the printer to see if any of the rollers are misaligned. You can gently move them back into place with your fingers or a flathead screwdriver if they are. It may be a lousy cartridge if you don’t see any problems. Try printing another document to see if the problem clears up. If you are still having problems, contact your printer’s manufacturer.