Question about Sharp AL 1631 Copier
I have a Sharp AL 1661CS and am having problems with the drum unit. I've already replaced this twice. The copier has 46,492 copies on it. I'm debating wether or not I should spend the $199 to replace the drum or put that towards a new copier. I'd like to know what the expected average useful life is for this copier to help me make my decision.
With that machine the toner cartridge also contains developer. Without getting too in depth, it sounds like maybe your toner cartridge is leaking a bit of developer which takes with it a bit of toner. Developer is made up of tiny metal particles which are supposed to stay inside the developer unit. As the seals wear in the developer unit (which is part of the cartridge) it allows a little to leak out causing the problems you are seeing.
When you take the toner cart. out, at the rear side (part that goes the furthest into the machine) you'll see a white foam seal. If you notice some excess toner (and probably developer) sticking straight out from that, it could be that the seal has a jagged edge which is dragging developer off of the magnetic roller and depositing it on the drum making the line you speak of on the left hand side.
Also check to make sure the copier is sitting level, if it's not then the concentration of toner at one end of the developer unit is too great and some can be allowed to spill out.
So in short, it's probably not the drum that's at fault, it's more likely the toner cartridge.
Is it worth replacing? There's no easy way to answer that. If the machine is used in a fairly high volume workplace, it's probably worth replacing. If you could get by with a smaller cheaper machine (brother, HP, lexmark etc.) that does printing, scanning, faxing and copying you may be better off.
Posted on Oct 16, 2008
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