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Need print head for mfc3240c unable to clean

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Unable to clean: waist ink absorber fed up!

You need a new absorber box...

Posted on Apr 08, 2008

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Hi Steve.
Yes your are right:
Stay away from older brother printers due to an developer mistake in the construction.

Better buy the latest modells with LC51 cartridges. Brother had learned their lesson, too and did a very good job with those new printers!!!

Give the old mfc3240 away to eBay for example.

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