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Machine error a1 - Manual Clean

My Broher MFC 210 C is indicating me this message error machine error "machine error A1". After having saw your comments on previous discussion, you recommand a manual clean of the PH. How can I do this ? Is there any procedure ?
I succedd to remove the black protection on the top of the ph but I still dont' have access to the PH?

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Machine error a1 means: scanner open which is an info. You dont have to disassemble the ph!

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Those cant be cleaned from outside! The cleaning procedure is alwasy from the inside by help of the original ink
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