How to fix a Brother HL-2130 that suddenly won’t pick up any paper.

If you have a Brother HL-2130 that suddenly stopped picking up paper, but still works with manual feed; this might be the problem. (Right side of body – side panel unclips, a few screws hold two metal plates on. Best disassembled resting on its left side so the cogs don’t run away.)





This part under the screwdriver is a little fragile – I think it might get whacked by the tray when you put it in. The small plastic clip that keeps it locked in place in that circular cutout can snap off, which then allows it to jam against the upper rollers rather than sliding the above cog over to meet the roller that finishes dragging sheets of paper through.

You might be able to work around this by using a soldering iron to melt the black plastic down crudely to keep the white assembly from travelling away from the base.




Good luck 🙂




  1. Singh says:

    WoW… amazing ….. works for me very well…

  2. Neale says:

    worked for me as well.

  3. Hein Zentgraf says:

    Thanks, this really helped a lot. Only thing is, looking at the printer from the front where the paper feed is, the gears and mechanism is on the left, not the right. Happily printing again!

  4. Zeki says:

    This worked, I just had to push the plastic bit a bit inside so that the spring touches the stopper part.

  5. Anthony says:

    Thank you so very much for this TIP,FIX, WORK AROUND.


    And to think this machine was thrown out by another person. I got it for nothing FREE!! The only other thing that was wrong is that it needed a toner. So I took the chance and invested $35.00 in a tone but it would not pick up the paper in the tray. So I thought oh well I will just manual feed it. But nobody one here would want to do that and they would just throw it out, what a waist. So I searched on line and found you.

    Thank YOU!! Again


  6. Richard says:

    Rick from Whyalla in South Australia was helped by this on 5 July 2019, Cheers Dude

  7. Ashley says:

    Legend. Thanks for this! Pushing that plastic clip back down with a screwdriver got my HL-2132 working again. If it dislodges again I’ll use your soldering iron solution.

  8. Reg Oldo says:

    WOW! I just pushed the plastic as Ashley did and, voila, things back to normal… Thanks. You saved me. It was my wife’s printer… Lots of savings in Advil!!!

  9. joachim says:

    I had a hard time finding where on the printer it was. this will hopefully help others.

  10. Esteban says:

    Amazing. It works again. You’re the king master

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