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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Do you mean "unable to clean"?If it this follow this instruction. Unplug the printer from power cord.Press and hold the "menu" button, then plug the device.You'll see on the LCD screen a "machine error" code.If this code is 40,41 or 4F the print head is defective.If the error is 50 or 51 there is error in Purge unit and printer require service.If the error is 46 the waste ink tank is full.Follow this:Enter 80, then scroll down with the arrow down (round) key. You'll find an entry listed as purge count. If numberis over 6000, enter 2 7 8 3.This will reset the purge count value. Then restart the printer, hopefully without the annoying cannot clean message.
Unable to clean usually means the waste ink tank is full, the only repair is to replace the tank, aprox. $10.00 and reset the counter to clear the error. If you clear the error without a new tank you risk ink overflow inside the machine and on your table...
This is very common on Brother MFCs - they self clean excessively and when they've done a set number of self-cleans, they refuse to print and give the error message you quote.
There is a work around - you can reset the self-clean counter - but this carries a small risk the waste ink from cleaning that is normally stored insde the machine in a tank/sponge MAY leak out. I've done the work around on my Brother MFC and, so far, no leakage so if I were you I'd take a punt. Just Google "brother mfc unable to clean" and somewhere in the results will be how to reset the counter - it's all done from the keyboard so no tools required.
Unable to clean comes up as well when the ink absorber is full. It won't let you print or
clean until a fresh absorber is installed, as it could leak all over inside and out. A shop has to do the repair.
Your Ink Absorber box is full. The machine cleans its print nozzles by blasting them out with ink; it collects that waste ink and pumps it into a plastic box filled with thick, felt pads. After a certain number of cleaning operations, it decides it's not safe to squirt more ink into the box and gives this Error 46. Replacing the ink absorber box and flushing box and resetting the purge counter is fairly complex. Maybe someone has instructions all typed out, but your best bet is probably to take it to a Brother tech.