Fix ink cartridge I had same problem. I must have ran the clean cycle more than 30-50 times over a period of days. That never made any difference. I was about to toss the whole thing but figured I would try one more thing. If it didn't work I would be in no worse shape. Here is what I did. Took an almost empty black cartridge and inject a lot of 100% Acetone to dilute ink. Left some black in it since I didn't want to think it was empty. Inserted this cartridge and ran the cleaning a few time. IT WORKED. I used my word processor program and filled a page with large bold font characters and printed a page or two. Each page cleared more nozzles. After doing this cleaning/printing a number of time, I put in the full good cartridge. Ran the cleaning a few time to eject any of the Acetone diluted ink. Ran the printed page a few time to remove more of the diluted ink. Everything seems to work now.
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Usually this is a printhead problem and the printhead will have to be replaced. You can call Brother at 1-877-BROTHER to see if they will cover the repair under a special warranty and to find the closest repair center.
The following may work: remove all the ink supplies. Remove the printhead and soak it for about 5 minutes in 0.5" of very hot water. Gently blot the printhead on a soft damp paper towel to remove the excess water, then replace in the printer and then reinstall the ink supplies.
Please make sure that the print head is not clogged. The ink can flow out easily from the print head. How do you know if there is no dry ink clogging the print head? Remove the cartridge and run the print head in a soft smooth paper, see if the inks was left in the paper proportionally. If no ink marks then its clogged.
flushing the print head of the cartridge directly from the tap water will help
....Open your printer cover, remove the cartridge..place the printhead
directly on a tap water running slowly. This will help flush the dried
ink that clogged in the printhead. Turn the print head over, bottom
side up until you see the ink flowed out from the printhead, do this
until you see the a smooth flow of ink..(better result if the water is
warm).. tap water contains residual minerals that can clog also the
printhead..so it is advisable to final flush the printhead with a
distilled water (it has no impurities) and dry it with cloth..
last thing to do and it will take you sometime is to soak the printhead
portion of your cartridge in a mixture of ammonia and hot distilled
water, (please make sure that the contact point of the cartridge to the
printer is not soak).. Place the printhead on the hot water and leave it
there for about 4 to 5 hours..move it on different location from time
to time..After soaking, rinse it with distilled water and dry it with
After doing the instructions, return back the cartridge to the printer and do the printhead alignment..
Try printing a test page and see the outcome...
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To remove it you pretty much have to take apart the printer, tip up the lid and try and get the scanner cover verticle and then slide to the left it should detach and then undo all the screws you see on the top were the pinter head is, and i would recommend Alcohol Swabs (IsoPropyl Alcohol), Then just reverse the dissassimbay directions
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The printhead is probably clogged. You may be able to clean it, by removing the mechanism and soaking the actaul printhead in a solution of white vinegard or you may have to replace the printhead. A web search may result in instructions on how to remove the head. Prinheads appear to still be available via Ebay and others. They run about $60-70 and if you have a bit of tech abilities, replacment should be relatively easy to do yourself. Not sure about finding a repair center that will do it for you or what the associated cost would be..
Its quite siple to do if you are able to use a srewdriver...
1#: Go get a 2.hand dcp 110c or 115c at eBay with a good printhead (and a broken scanner glass???). It should print without probs!
opening mfc 5440 is nearly the same as a mfc 215c, since all brother printers are of the same built :) follow pictures here
For your mfc you have to unfasten some more screws which can be seen very well. After that you can take up the cover. Now you should realize that it looks the same inside as on photos given in the link.
Read the rest of "how to change the printhead" here:
there is just one more difference to your mfc! You have to take out the sensor in the ink cart assy of your mfc 5440cn which is clipped at the side and reinsert it into the cart assy of the "new" one! This sensor is placed at the BK cart and signals the mfc that there is a HBK cart.
Thats it. This job could be done for a novice within less than an hour.
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TRUST ME , IF YOU HAVE NEVER PUT A PRINT HEAD IN YOU ARE IN DEEP S--T. MAYBE THE SERVICE CENTER OR WHO EVER SOLD THE PRINT HEAD TO YOU WILL DOWN LOAD THE INSTRUCTION SHEET. MAYBEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE THEY WILL DO IT I DO NOT KNOW AS THIS PRIORITY INFO, GOOD LUCK BROTHER SR TECH