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It means that the printer is unable to clean the print head number(s) 46. The print head is located under the ink cartridges. Remove the cartridges, and you should see a plastic piece with a hole in it to put your finger under and snap open. This allows you to see the print heads. The print heads look like a sponge type dabber on top of a plastic case. Grab a hold of the print head and pull it out. Look for ink that has spilled behind it or on any of the brass colored computer connections. use warm water and a lint free cloth to scrub it off. Press the print head sponge with your finger and make sure that ink primes and fills the head then put the printer back together and try a test page. If you stll get the error then you need to contact brother for a print head replacement.
Yup. I suspect the head has been removed from the unit. There are adjustments on some printers. It was assembled wrong. The grating noise is likely the auto cleaner. If it cannot go 'home' the unit will not initialize. Possibly the head detect sensor is broken or covered. If the head will not home (moves out and back more than once or slams home hard), 'Init Unable AF'. You may be able to order a service manual from Brother for this. A repair shop can order the manual as well. (I suspect you need a new print head as well. You might want to replace the printer) see tips on bubblejet printers.
The print head is bad. It will need to be replaced.
If the machine is less then a year old it will be covered under warranty.
The print head is the part where you put your ink cartridge's. part is a round 60.00-70.00 $ + labor
machine needs to go into a cleaning process once you installed new cartridges to identify that there is a new one placed there.it will need 5 cleanings to do that.if you are using refillables or generic cart,then it wont properly mix up with the others causing that specific color not to print
brother mfc-5440 ~ same exact issue on not printing the black AFTER purchase new cartridge (again!) ~ i should have checked here first.... NO MORE BROTHER printers in our future & will tell all our friends, too....