Toner smudges along the extreme right side of the paper
I just barely finished installing my Brother HL-2140 printer and everything works great except for toner smudges all along the extreme right side of any paper I print. They occur in a regular pattern and look almost identical. My techie brother says they'll go away with usage, but I wanted your opinion. Thanks. -Scott Ashton
Re: Toner smudges along the extreme right side of the...
If the smudges are gradually fading then it's likely just excess toner hitting the fuse drum. Try a few cleaning cycles/test prints and see if that makes it go away. If not, see if you can get a replacement toner.
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You can remove the jammed paper by removing the drum and toner inside the printer.
First Open the front cover, just pull down the cover right above the brother logo.
You will see the handle for the drum and toner. Hold the handle and pull it towards you, just use a little force on it.
Then remove the jammed paper inside.
Just to be sure you can remove the toner from the drum by holding down the green tab on the side of the drum unit. then pull the toner out.
Check if there's a small piece of paper inside the drum unit.
Put the toner back to the drum make sure it clicks into place.
Reinstall the drum and toner back to the printer. It should also click into place. Then close the cover.
Hope this helps. Rate if it works. Thanks
I'm not sure if the drum is going out or not. How many toners have you used? The drum is rated at 12,000 pages and the toner is supposed to yeild 2500 pages, so 4 or 5 toners ought to finish the drum. Did you clean the area around the drum? I don't think you're supposed to touch it, but I've never had to touch my 7240 in 4 years, except to change the toner.
The good news is the toner will fit in more than one Brother machine and the printers are inexpensive. It almost makes buying a new machine more economical than a drum :-}
The HL printer is Manufacturer Discontinued, the new ones use a 360 series drum and toner, and the MFC's (7220 etc.) are about $200 vs. $116 for the drum. Hmmm.
For a possible fix to the Brother HL-2140 squeal/squeak/noise problem open the printer at the other side from the paper tray and toner cartridge door. You should see a little black roller rod along with some white wheels.
The noise may be coming from the contact between the wheels/rollers which pull paper toward the output tray on top after it has been printed.
Check and clean/wipe the wheels and black rod, especially in the center area. Hopefully the noise will now be reduced/eliminated.
Since you have already replace the toner cartridge then the most likely culprit is the fuserassy. You can test this by trying to print something and stop it by opening the cover just as the paper is trying to pass under the toner cart. Remove the toner cart carefully and look at the unfused print on the paper. Do you see the faint smudges? If not, then the problem lies with the fuserassy. This is the unit that gets hot and fuses the toner to the paper. If this is the case you will need to have a tech replace it for you.