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Waste ink tank / absorber

Where is the waste ink tank / absorber (is there one for each colour ?) and how do I get to it (them) to empty / clean). Have reset the purge counter and 'Unable to clean' has gone (thanks everyone who posted instructions) and printer working fine but am worried about the waste tank(s) which must be filling up.

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  • chaz_forde Oct 31, 2008

    I was told by Brother that 'Cannot Clean' (fault 460) means that the absoption pads needs to be replaced. Their sponsored engineer estimated a cost of about £80 to replace the pads although the 14 months old machine only cost £40 new and was used about 12 times. Can you please inform me where I can buy absorption pads for the Brother DCP-115C printer & how I can access the old ones on the machine? ThanksR. Forde

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You need to dismantle the printer by opening the scanner lid, pinging the blue arm out of the white retainer with a screw driver, flip the scanner lid right over onto the desk on the LH side of the printer - it will come off its hinges for this. lay it lid down on the LH side of the printer - be careful not to snap the power and data cable connecting with the base. Next you have to remove the 4 retainer screws in order to remove the plastic cover over the rest of the base. The pad and ink box are at the rear on the right hand side.

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