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How to Clean and Maintain The HP Color LaserJet Transfer Belt ITB ETB Assemblies

Updated: Nov 18, 2019

What does a HP transfer belt do?


The transfer kit is a printer part that has a black polymer belt which carries the CMYK color toner and transfers the particles from the cartridge uniformly onto the paper.


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Top 5 Transfer Belt Problems

  1. Dings and dents to belt

  2. Toner Reservoir get full and pours back on belts

  3. Worn Belt

  4. Cleaning blade warping

  5. Not Resetting page count

Note: Before attempting any of they these physical solutions, run several full calibrations on the laser printer as they may resolve many image issues.

Transfer Belt Ding Damage Will Cause Repetitive Marks Down Page on HP Color Laser Printers

WARNING SERVICE NOTES

  • Do not touch transfer belt as oils on fingers can contaminate the black polymer transfer belt

  • Rotating the black polymer belt in the wrong direct can damage the belt.

  • Do NOT handle the transfer belt by the black shiny polymer material. Dings and scratches in transfer belt may show up on prints.

  • Do not expose the belt to light for any length of time as it is light sensitive.

Printer Defects related to bad transfer belt

  • Registration errors

  • Blurring print

  • Spotting

  • Color fringing

  • Light or dark streaks on edges

  • Faded Print

  • Repeated defects

  • Long Toner line on black polymer belt may mean the belt or wipe needs replacement.

Rotating Belt In The Working Direction

Position the transfer belt so the The black or blue handles is closest to you. To rotate the belt use the gear or grab the belt from both sides carefully, slowly and evenly pull the black belt toward you.

Position the transfer belt so the the black or blue tabs and pin ball flippers are closest to you. To rotate the belt use the gear or grab the belt from both sides carefully, slowly and evenly pull the black belt toward you

Cleaning Belt

As you rotate belt wipe clean sections at a time with lint free cloth with a little alcohol.


While cleaning belt inspect for dings scratches or wrinkles. These cannot be repaired and you must purchase a replacement belt.

Legacy Laser Printer Transfer Belts 4600 46500 5500 5550 etc

Color laser Transfer kit's on older models do not have a waste toner reservoir hopper. The toner cartridge themselves collect the excess toner.


HP transfer belts like the 3525 and newer have their own waste hopper. Locate and open waste toner duct. Dump out excess toner into a garbage can or use a toner vacuum.

If your Transfer belt has a Reservoir

Newer transfer belts 3525 and newer have their own waste hopper. Locate and open waste toner duct. Dump out excess toner into a garbage can or use a toner vacuum.


WARNING--- Do not perform this indoors

You can blow out the excess toner located in the transfer belt reservoir hopper. The hopper is a waste bin that collects excess toner from the belt over time. Check the transfer belt for vent holes around reservoir.

Effects of blowing out transfer belts indoors

If you're using high compressed air from a compressor do not pull the trigger full throttle as it may damage the seals on the transfer belt . Pull compressor air trigger quarter then half way to gently blow.


The HP LaserJet printer transfer belts are programmed to generate an error message reading “REPLACE TRANSFER KIT” when the page count is at or around 120,000 pages. The only way to remove that message and restore the lifecycle, up to now, has been to purchase a costly new transfer kit.


Transfer Kit Reset Device FlashIts

Flash-It™ Restores Life to HP Transfer Kits. The Flash-It Tool will set the transfer kit life to 100% and clear the “REPLACE TRANSFER KIT” message. This will allow the printer to continue to utilize the existing transfer kit far beyond the 120,000 pages. One of the added benefits of the tool,is that you can flash the lifecycle at any point. You don’t have to wait for the error message. Technicians will be able to flash and synchronize fleets allowing scheduled maintenance rather then crisis management.


The ETB Flash Tool performs unlimited flashes, saving companies thousands of dollars in consumables and service calls. Flash-It is an essential tool for dealers and service companies who have multiple printers in MPS environments.

The Flash-It Tool is easy to use, comes with comprehensive instructions and is backed by toll-free US-based tech support. It is compatible with the following printers:


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4700 Flash-It™

Compatible with the following printers:

HP Color LaserJet CP4005dn

HP Color LaserJet CP4005n

HP Color LaserJet 4700

HP Color LaserJet 4700DN

HP Color LaserJet 4700N


6015 Flash-It™

Compatible with the following printers:

HP Color LaserJet CP6015

HP Color LaserJet CM6030

HP Color LaserJet CM6040 MFP

M880 Color LaserJet Enterprise Flash-It™

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise flow M880z Multifunction Printer A2W75A

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise flow M880z+ Multifunction Printer A2W76A


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