The ink is smearing on to the copy. The text keeps on reappearing on the page.
It sounds like either your drum needs to be replaced (needs to be done every 5 or 6 toner cartridges), or you have a bad fuser (depends on what you mean by smearing).
When an image reappears further down the page (not as dark or bold) it usually means that the current in the drum is not correct, or the coating on the drum is worn. Take the cartridge assembly out and separate the drum from the cartridge. DO NOT TOUCH THE DRUM ROLLER. Look at it and see if there are streaks, color differences, or toner on the drum roller. The roller should be solid purple or green with no marks, lines, toner, or smudges on it. If it does, the drum is a replaceable part and you can get one anywhere that sells toner cartridges. They are even available in remanufactured brands.
However, if there is loose toner on the paper (wipe your hand over it and it comes off), then your fuser is bad and needs to be replaced. Another problem with the fuser you can check is whether there is toner being adhered to the fuser rollers, which could cause smearing and images to reappear on the page. To check this, open the rear cover of the printer. Inside you will see two rollers: usually an orange one on top of a black one. Be careful; the fuser can heat up to almost 400 degrees, so let it cool if you were just using it. Check to see if there is any toner on these rollers; if working properly, they should be spotless. If there is toner visible on either roller, then you may need to replace the fuser.
It is a 75% chance of your drum being the cause, which would be the problem to hope for. If your fuser is bad, in all honesty it may not be worth fixing; it can cost you up to $150.
I hope this helps! Good luck!
Mar 02, 2011 |
Brother HL-2170W Laser Printer