“Just curious, what is the process for replacing the separation pad, if not by removing the covers and disassembling the paper pickup unit?”
Oh, not like that at all. Its a cardboard gizmo. Just push it down in the paper feed slot, bring the paper size things together so it rests on those & take some plastic thing off, press for 10 seonds, pull out the cardboard thing & that’s it…you don’t take the printer apart. Then you look at the bottom of the cardboard thingy & if its white, you did it right.
HP Is also giving rebates (one is $60, I think) on future HP printers if you do their claim form class action suit cause of this.