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Re: 4100 Grinding Noise
It is fixable,
The gear is the one that is inside on the bottom usually left side. Look at your drum see which side has gears and and simulate how it goes in, you will see which one it aligns with.
Is there residue next to it? do the teeth look rounded instead of sharp?
Now that you have located it you can get a feel of the scope of work involved, if a tech or very handy w/electro-mechanical stuff you ca do it. (scale 1-10 this is a 10)
You will need to look for a fax service repair shop, try going w/a local mom and pop instead of the big guys they are expensive ($120 just for labor !!!) a mom and pop usually start at 75
try to see what the price of the part will caost and you can determine if you just need to get another fax!!!
Try these sites for references on $$$
also google fax repairs for your area
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If you pull the drum out of the machine. Close front cover. is the noise still there. If it is then you have a broken fuser gear. If noise is not there remove the toner cart. from drum reinstall the drum unit in machine see if noise is there. if noise is there then it will be the drum. If not reinstall the toner try that if noise comes back then it is your toner cart.
If your machine is a Brother 4100 you can clear the drum message by pulling the drum out of the machine and then pressing the clear button. The display will ask if a new drum is the be installed. Press the number 1 to say yes. Reinstall drum. This resets the drum counter.
As far as the grunting sound, that may be caused by a tight or jammed toner cartridge. Try changing that out.
Probably caused by the toner cart. Only use genuine new Brother brand supplies. Remans fail quite often with Brother machines. Possibly bad gears on fuser drive. But with the poor print quality, I suspect it is the toner.
It could be a bad drum unit. If the drum doesnt turn smoothly it will make a clicking or grinding noise since it is gear driven. Take out the drum and turn the gear with your thumb. turm towards you. If difficult Thats it. It also could be a fuser gear. good luck Lawrence
Not too good news I'm afraid. It sound like the fuser gear has failed. Generally the fuser unit (hot section or hot rollers in the back) need to be replaced. Usually when the gear has worn or failed the fuser rollers are also worn and need to be replaced. The gear can be replaced seperately but is a very risky operation and usually results in parts in the fuser unit falling appart due to age and wear, so it is best done as a unit. If possible do not run the machine as it can cause damage to gears around the fuser unit. The best option is to find out how much a fuser unit and labour to fit would be at your local service centre.
Does it only make the noise when printing. Do you hear the noise when sending out faxes? I have heard grinding noises onlt when using poor quality toner refills, or the fuser gear and or drive gear asm is stripped. First try a known good OEM toner.