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Black Lines running down the right side outside of the print area

I had thin gray lines all over the print area, and the REPLACE COLOR PCU error code was lit.
I replaced the COLOR PCU - No help but the error went away.
I replaced the BLACK TONER - No help.
I replaced the BLACK PCU - The gray lines went away, but now I have thick light colored black lines running down the right side of the paper outside of the print area. I looks like the markings of a dirty roller, but there is no roller that comes in contact with that side of the paper.
I tried running about 20 pages of logs config pages and color test pages.
The results were dark lines for a few pages then they would fade slightly for a page or two then get dark again.
I inspected the BLACK PCU - Looks clean.

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  • sfoster1kdss Nov 07, 2008

    Centero of page is faded, has new toner and low total page count

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It may be the fuser. Take it out and inspect the roller on it:

  1. Switch off the device, disconnect the mains plug and wait for 30 minutes before continuing.
  2. Ensure that the bypass tray is closed, or you will not be able to open the front cover.
  3. Open the front cover by pressing the release buttons as shown.
  4. Pull the front cover down towards you.
  5. Disconnect the green plug - squeeze the sides of the plug and pull.
  6. Push the left and right levers outward to unlock the unit.
  7. Pull the unit towards you as shown and lift it clear of the device.
  8. Check the roller for wear marks, If so replace it.
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
Thanks, Joe


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