HP3 Fuser replacement

I am told that the fuser in my HP3 needs to be replaced. I have some other HP3's I can scavenge parts from. Can someone describe the procedure to remove and replace the fuser? Perhaps there is a place on the internet that already describes this procedure?
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bparnesCommented:
Who told you the fuser needs to be replaced? What symptoms led to that diagnosis? Normally the fuser roller is just cleaned rather than replaced to return it to peak operating condition.
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GtristCommented:
Replacing the fuser assembly in an HP3 is a very easy task. You will need a long phillips head screw driver. There are four silver colored screws, one in each corner. The one in the back right corner, as you are looking into the printer from the front, is the hardest screw to see and remove, but with a long screw driver and a flashlight it should be pretty easy. Make sure that you let the fuser cool down if it has been on or you could end up with a nasty burn, if you should touch one of the rollers within the fuser assembly. Also, make sure you seat the replacement fuser assembly properly, so that the contacts are made on both sides of the fuser.
I have to ask the same question as bparnes though, why do you feel that you need to replace the fuser? Is the print quality poor? Are you getting printer errors?
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cumboCommented:
Gtrist is correct except for one thing. You must use a magnetic screwdriver or screw holding screwdriver to remove and replace the screws.

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pdeleonAuthor Commented:
Gtrist, please submit for the answer. Thanks... works great.
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OneromCommented:
I know your problem is fixed but I just want to add one other problem or help: there is a little gear assembly on the lid by the hindge on the right side that connects gears to the fuser called the coupler assy.  Often this developes a microfracture you can see if you examine it carefully.  it should be on the furthest extremity of the assy.  If this is cracked you will get the infamous accordian paper jam in the back.  reseating the fuser might have just temporarily fixed this.  The coupler assy. is a cheap $10 -$15 part and might be what you need.  Just might help you.
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GtristCommented:
Replacing the fuser assembly in an HP3 is a very easy task. You will need a long phillips head screw driver. There are four silver colored screws, one in each corner. The one in the back right corner, as you are looking into the printer from the front, is the hardest screw to see and remove, but with a long screw driver and a flashlight it should be pretty easy. Make sure that you let the fuser cool down if it has been on or you could end up with a nasty burn, if you should touch one of the rollers within the fuser assembly. Also, make sure you seat the replacement fuser assembly properly, so that the contacts are made on both sides of the fuser.
I have to ask the same question as bparnes though, why do you feel that you need to replace the fuser? Is the print quality poor? Are you getting printer errors?
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pdeleonAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the answer. Works great! The printer was actually not mine... it was for someone else that asked me how the fuser is removed and replaced. I don't know much more of the particulars... but whatever the problem, it is now fixed.
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