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Is there a waste ink absorber on a Brother MFC 420CN?

If there is how do you replace it. My printer keeps giving me an "unable to clean" error message. There is nothing jammed and I tried unplugging and plugging back in. I read that it might be the ink absorber but I cannot find any info on it. Thanks

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MFC420CN waste ink absorber how do you replace it or clean it ?

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