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Open the front of the fax machine. Then pull down the the tray that has the down arrow imprinted on it. Locate the glass strip towards the back, just behind the center roller. Use a cloth and rubbing alcohol to clean the glass and that should remove the black line.
the scanner is located under the control panel. lift up control panel and look for a thin piece of glass that runs left to right. that glass may have white out or some other foriegn material on it, however, this will only clean up lines on SENT faxes and copies. if you're getting lines on received faxes, your problem would most likely reside in your drum unit.
if your RECEIVED faxes look good, then leroyal is dead on. you will need a new CIS which stands for contact image sensor. if you have an authorized brother service center nearby, they may be able to do it for 100 to 150.00, depending on their pricing of course. if rec'd faxes are bad also, pull drum out and make sure the blue tab on top of drum is all the way to the right side, although that usually only leaves about a 1/2" black band.
Lift to open the document cover and use a soft cloth to clean the glass were documents are scanned.Also clean the white plate on the upper side of the scanner.You identify the scanner by observing the direction documents faces while faxing.The scanner reads the document.