Tip & How-To about Office Equipment & Supplies
The primary indicator of a toner leak is loose toner particles on the finished document or light prints after replacing the toner cartridge. A few simple steps can be taken to determine the cause of the leak and even repair it temporarily. The simplest explanation is that the cartridge is not properly inserted. Remove and reinsert the cartridge first before proceeding further. The most common cause of a leak is a broken piece of plastic on the cartridge itself. To check for this ailment remove the toner cartridge as you would if replacing it. Spread old newspapers or some rags over a table or counter to prevent a lot of clean up. Gently and slowly rotate the toner cartridge above the rags and look for loose toner falling. It will move similar to light snow falling. It may be tempting to use tape to cover the leak, resist this at all costs. If the leak is miniature use a small bit of clear or black nail polish. It will act like an epoxy resin but is light weight and thin when it dries. Should the hole be a bit large use a small short screw and then glaze it with the nail polish. If the leak cannot be found using the fore mentioned method a seal leak is probably the culprit. A larger leak, such as one located in the seal of the cartridge itself, will need to be replaced. It is much more difficult to find the leak in the seal than a hole in the plastic casing. The seal is under pressure in the laser printer and when removed the leak may not present itself as the seal is at its fullest shape outside of the unit. The only choice left is to replace the cartridge entirely.
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