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My copies have dirty gray background. What is best way to clean a Brother HL1440 laser printer? The toner drum/cartridge was dropped when last changed and I am sure the toner contents were spilled.

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Remove drum assy. and remove toner unit off drum then blow out the drum only. This should clear problem.

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if your drum is new and still you are getting a problem of dark background then you have to replace the toner cartridge.

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Three possibles for this.
1 A faulty cartridge dropping toner on the paper as it passes through the drum. - remove the toner cartridge and look for lots of loose toner in the drum.
2 The drum cylinder is dirty and needs to be cleaned with alcohol and a cotton ball. Toner can build up on the drum cylinder and also the cleaning brush inside the drum assembly. These would need to be cleaned - or replace the drum. And 3 progressively either or both of the above two may have lead to a build up of toner on the fuser at the back of the machine. In very bad cases the teflon type coating on the fuser may have peeled. If the fuser is dirty, it can be removed and cleaned. If it has become damaged - forget it, just buy a new machine.

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The drum shouldn't be "worn out" but the mirror from the laser may have become dirty from the toner dust give ther printer a good clean out and clean the silver reflective stripe and all should be ok

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Changed the drum a few months back . . . just cleaned the wire again . . . page has never cleaned up, not even after initial change of drum . . . prints a really dirty background


if your using recycled cartridges and drums i would suggest speaking to the company you got the drum from incase its faulty.

failing that i would suggest changing the toner cartridge as well as this tends to solve the problem when we experience it with printers at our office.

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Brother HL1440 has dirty lines on copy how can I clean. Is there something I can buy I am not mechanically inclined.


its the drum or the toner. if you have an old toner run a test with it. If it clears up its the toner cartridge. If not its the drum unit. I sell the toner cartridges for 40 and drum for 65. Steven 818-888-0006

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How do I clean the drum on the Brother MFC-8440


It should be constantly cleaned by it's cleaning blade with every revolution. If that's not making continuous contact inside the drum unit, then it's time to replace the drum. The symptom to look for is not just a gray background, but images that repeat about 3 inches down the page as the drum rolls around to that point again.
If the background is gray without noticeable repeating image, it may be a defective toner cartridge. We've wasted a fair amount of money replacing Brother drums when it turned out to be the much cheaper toner cartridge. If it's a new cartridge, take it back to the store along with before and after print samples.

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First guess is you have a bit of dirt (often white-out from people scanning corrected paper that's not quite dry) stuck on the fax scan window. This should be described pretty well in your user manual (which you can download online from brother.com).

Its also possible that there is dirt (typically loose toner) on the laser scan window (there's a laser that shines through it to get the image pattern on the drum). That window is often along the bottom of the unit under the drum/cartridge (take the cartridge out and look). The Brother manual I've seen seems to ignore this possibility.

Print streaks DO NOT mean cartridge drum replacement in many cases !! On brother Intellifax or MFC or other laser copier/printer/fax, keep in mind that either the fax/copy scan window OR the laser scan window can get dirty. If the fax scan window is dirty, you see streaks on outgoing faxes and copies (but NOT incoming faxes). If the laser scan window is dirty, you see streaks on all prints (copies, faxes, print-from-computer).

Note also that when transporting/moving some laser copier with the toner cartridge inside, the toner can get out and make a big mess inside (including getting the laser scan window dirty). An air compressor can be usefull to blow it out. And sometimes using alcohol to clean is a BAD idea (maybe incompatible with plastic and rubber parts). A damp rag is probably fine.

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Printed sheets come out with blackish/greyish lines on the right side


Use follow these cleaning steps for your printer:

1. Open the front cover of the printer and remove the drum/toner unit.
2. Gently wipe the scanner window with a soft dry cloth. The scanner
window is located on the roof of the inside of the printer.
3. On the top of the drum unit, locate the blue tab on the left side.
Slide it back and forth across the drum about 30 times.
4. Remove the toner cartridge (TN430 or TN460) from the drum unit
(DR400). To remove the toner from the drum: hold down the blue lever on the right side of the drum (DR400) and lift the toner (TN430 or TN460) off of the drum unit.
5. Inside the drum unit (DR400) there is a green roller. Wipe the green
drum roller with a dry tissue (i.e. Kleenex). You may turn this roller
by moving the gears on the far left side.
6. If the pages area gray pages or have gray vertical lines, install a
brand new toner cartridge. If pages have dots, spots, smudges or
horizontal lines, install a brand new drum unit.
OR
If you are still experiencing gray pages or gray vertical lines,
please install a brand new toner cartridge (TN430 or TN460).

Brother strongly recommends that customers do not use generic drum unitsand/or toner cartridges, or refill their Brother toner cartridge. Each Brother laser printer is designed to work at pre-set temperatures that are matched exactly to each of our individual toner formulations. Each individual component is designed to work with the other to ensure quality and reliability. Using non-Brother supplies may affect the hardware performance, print quality and machine reliability.
The Brotherlimited warranty does not apply to any problem that is caused by the useof unauthorized third party drum units, toner cartridges or toner.

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It depends upon the number of prints you have done since Feb and the toner cartridge capacity. Some toner cartridges have 2500 page capacity others have 5000 pages or more.
If you think you have not exceeded or reached the cartridge capacity, take it out of the printer and give it a shake in a horizontal position to distribute the toner evenly across the drum and place it back in the printer. This also works when the toner is nearly empty.

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Hi,

if you have a laser printer you may need to clean the printer or install a new drum cartridge, if it is ink-jet you will have to clean the bottom of the ink cradle it sound like you getting grey background from a toner/drum cartridge.

good Luck

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