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What do I do when my Brother printer 4040cdn has the message "drum end soon"? It has ink cartridges that are not empty. When they need to be replaced there is a flashing light.

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The drum is replaceable.
You can continue to use the printer but over time the print quality will degrade. At that point the only option is replacing the drum.
Brother claims the average drum life spans about 17,000 pages.
I hope this helps.

Posted on May 07, 2014

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I have a Brother HL 4070CDW printer and the Dum end soon light will come on daily. What does this mean and how do I fix this problem? If you need to please call me at 412-452-5975. Thank You, Rebecca...


Hi there !

Don't worry, it does not detect any hardware failure. Drum end near means that your toner is lower and soon it will end.

If you just replaced new toner and still drum end near message comes up. Just make a hard reset of your printer by removing the cartridge and turning off the printer in 5-10 minutes. Then return the cartridge and try to print again. It will refresh the memory of the printer and the message will disappear.

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