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Unable to clean 51

I am getting an error message stating "unable to clean 51" What does this mean and how do I fix it so my printer will print.

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Here's how I got rid of errors#50 and #51 on the Brother MFC-665CW, MFC440CN and like.
Open the 2 top-covers and locate the printer hole, a large horizontal hole near the back of the printer. The printer head is usually on the right and the cleaning pad, on the left. Locate them with a flash light.

For error #51 (Inkpad full): take some scott towel and gently press on the cleaning pad. Be ready to fill several Scott Towel sheets. Wear some gloves and/or have some "clorex"/"hertel plus" nearby to clean your hands.

For all errors, disconnect printer and move the head to the left. You may have to play with an horizontal bar with a gear at the right, near the printer head. The printer head get stuck in that gear and it pops error #50, but it can be unstuck gently by hands. close covers and power-up. Expect 3-5min for the printer to clean-up. First sheets may not have all colors.

Posted on Jul 17, 2012

  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2016

    Hi Sir, you might want to make sure that the ink cartridges are actually the correct ones for your printer... I only say this because I was just dealing with this issue and I happened to just buy ones that said they were meant for my MFC665CW printer when apparently they were not the correct ones. This is what started to first bring this issue up on the screen of the printer.

    Just thought I would try and help out a few other people tat might have this issue.

  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2016

    Would anyone mind validating if this works? Thank you.

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Normal 0 Driver could be corrupt.
Disconnect the printer or at least be sure it is turned off. I'd do both and reinstall the CD software program that came with the printer. When the software program asks you to connect the printer to the USB port, do so and it should again work properly.
Hope this helps. Bud

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