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Brother HL2700CN Noisy fuser

There is a nasty grinding/slipping sound from the drive up to my fuser.
I get the impression that the fuser roller is very stiff and the drive train is struggling and slipping sprockets every so often.
I have tried lubricating what I can see of the fuser roller with little effect.
Is it possible to disassemble the fuser and lubricate it?

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  • Anonymous Aug 05, 2008

    We've used our HL 2700CN for about a year and a half with no problems. This morning it started making a noise when the first page prints. It almost seems like it is pulling or grinding. There are no jams and no error messages. I've opened everywhere that I am able to see if perhaps something fell in there. Any suggestions?

  • koonaghalla Sep 18, 2008

    Same over here. One of the cartridges seems to be a bit leaky, too.

  • oGeekGuyo Nov 13, 2008

    There is a nasty grinding/slipping sound from the drive up to my fuser.
    I get the impression that the fuser roller is very stiff and the drive train is struggling and slipping sprockets every so often.

  • Chris McDevitt Nov 13, 2008

    The grinding sound is very specific to the top right hand corner - where the drive to the fuser is.


    It comes and goes and is very loud when I am doing a big print run.  Now I am using it less often the noise is less of a problem.  One thing is clear over 18 months it has not stopped the machine from doing a good job


    Leaking cartridges appear to be due to the feed roller seals only being good for one refill. Also the rollers do not seem to hold a charge for more than two loads of toner.  I now buy new cartridges every other time and then refill them myself.  I suspect that the fact that Brother/Talley/Lexmark/Konica seem so laid back about refilling is that they are aware that the cartridges are good for only a single refill!

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Shortly after I poseted the problem. I went back and "tricked" the top cover switch into thinking the top cover was closed by pressing the cover sensor with a pen and then tried printing a page. I noticed that the grinding was happening as the printer was spinning the black toner cartridge. By replacing the cartridge this stopped the noise. It could very well have been any of the cartridges, so you may need to do some trial and error.

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