I have an HL-2040 with a new drum, new toner cartridge. It prints the
right side of the page cleary, but starts printing lighter and more
blurry gradually towards the left side.
I have another printer, the same model, and have swapped the
drum/cartridge to the other model, but only get the above results with
the one printer, leading me to believe the drum/cartridge isn't the
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The Brother HL 2040 laser printer has a toner cartridge that supplies toner to the drum assembly so that the printer can print properly. When the LED on the front of the printer indicates you are low on toner, you will need to replace the toner cartridge to maintain good print quality. Fortunately, the toner cartridge can be replaced without any special tools.
Instructions Things You'll Need:
* Replacement toner cartridge (part number TN350 or TN360) * Paper towel or scrap paper
Grasp the front cover of the printer and pull it toward you to open the toner door. Reach into the printer and grab the combined toner cartridge/drum assembly. Lift up slightly and pull it out of the front of the printer.
Place the cartridge and drum on a paper towel, spare sheet of paper, rag or other surface that can get dirty. Loose toner particles may spill from the cartridge.
Press the blue locking lever on the cartridge/drum unit to unlock the toner cartridge from the drum. Lift the toner cartridge up and away from the drum unit. Dispose of the old toner cartridge in accordance with your local regulations. Seal it in a plastic bag to keep loose toner from spilling.
Gently shake your new toner cartridge back and forth a few times to distribute the toner evenly across the width of the cartridge. Remove the plastic protective cover from the bottom of the cartridge.
Place the new toner cartridge onto the drum unit and press it down gently until it locks into place. The blue locking lever will automatically click into place. Verify that the toner cartridge is securely connected to the drum.
Locate the corona wire cleaner tab at the front of the drum unit. Slide it back and forth several times to improve the print quality of the drum. Set the tab back in the home position when finished.
Slide the combined toner cartridge/drum unit back into the printer and close the front cover.
Hello , This problem is a common issue and easily fixed. When putting in a new toner cartridge, the printer usually automatically resets the toner count. In a situation like this, the printer did not automatically do the reset and so we must manually reset the printer. To manually reset the printer, first, remove the toner from the printer and separate it from the drum unit. With the toner cartridge in hand and the brother writing facing you, look to the left side of the cartridge. You should see an arc shaped opening with a white tab in it. The tab is set at the right position and must be pushed back to the left side of the opening. To push the tab back, you must turn the grey gear attached to the front roller upwards as you push the tab. Once the tab has been placed to the left position, the printer will accept it as a new toner cartridge. Thanks,
I wouldn't assume that you aren't out of/low on toner. Try taking out the toner cartridge and tap/shake it to disperse the toner that is left in it. If that changes the way it is printing, it is about time to replace that cartridge.
have you check you toner, it has a white strap, you need to strip it to open the nozzle of your toner. but before you do that you need to shake it first to have a sharp print out before you would strip that white strap. have a nice day
fuser is usually replaced as a assembly, it's the hot bit a back.
Can only be two things the drum or the fuser as our headstrong friend has correctly explained.
More than likely it is the drum they last about 4 toners i think.
Learn the art of getting a page to stop halfway threw printing, you want to stop the page after the drum has put a image on the paper but before paper has gone threw the fuser (hotbit).
Once you have mastered the position correctly by stopping the printing by opening the door and removing drum/toner cartridge, to reveal the paper that is printed but can be rubbed off, we will know if marks are coming from the drum (you will see them) or from the fuser, if print is fine
Sounds to me like the toner - that is the toner cartridge has the wrong toner in it. The drum should be OK - clean it up first and then use a genuine toner cartridge OR you can buy our refill kit on eBay - search for Brother HL2040 - michellem6123