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280.13, 281.16, 282.xx & 283.xx Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) Jam

Document ID:TE750

Usergroup :External
08/31/17 Properties  





Affected products

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What you will see

 The Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) fails to pick paper. 

 What else is known: 

  • MFPs released prior to 2018 will post a 282 or 283 ADF paper jam
  • Other MFPs will post a 281.16, while others may post a 280.13.
  • The jam is more likely to occur when feeding a 50-page stack versus a single sheet.



Troubleshooting and remedies

Step Action Yes No


Check the ADF cover to make sure it is not ajar on the left or right-hand side. Close it by pushing on both the left and the right-hand sides of the cover at the same time, or on its center. Issue resolved?

The LED indicator will light up as if Ready even if the cover is not fully closed.

Issue resolved?  

Stop here. See next Step 2.


Check the media. If damaged or in poor condition, replace the media or scan the media using the flatbed glass. 

  1. Make sure that the ADF supports the weight of the media being used. Use the flatbed when scanning heavier paper.
  2. Check the media side guides; make sure they are snug but not tight.
  3. Check the curl of the media. Try to flex, fan, and straighten the print media before loading to reduce the curl.
  4. Make the stack of documents in the ADF tray smaller and stacked neatly.
  5. Ensure that the media is not being shoved into the tray.

Issue resolved?

Stop here. See next Step 3.


Update the printer’s firmware.

Update the printer's firmware with the latest version. See Document ID: HO550 to know more on how to download and install the latest firmware version for your printer.

Issue resolved?  

Stop here. See next Step 4.
4 See topics found in

Troubleshooting 281.16 Scanner Jam Issues on the Lexmark CX72x 

Note: Although this article is specific to a different MFP model, it does provide additional checks and adjustments that may help resolve ADF pick issues.

Issue resolved after reading this alternative article?

Stop here. Contact Lexmark Technical Support



 Related articles

Troubleshooting 281.16 Scanner Jam Issues on the Lexmark CX72x 



Contacting Lexmark

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