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Brother 420cn printer states unable to clean

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  • l_duck Aug 30, 2008

    I keep getting the "unable to clean" error as well. I've tried all the suggestions I've found online but it hasn't helped. Suggestions

  • browntree Oct 28, 2008

    My Brothers MCF 420CN will not print and the display window is showing a message that reads, " Unable to change, refer to the routine maintenance chapter in the user manual”.. I have followed the cleaning instructions but still have the same message and cannot print. Any other ideas why I can't print?

    Thanks in advance for your assistance.

    lphhr@yahoo.com

  • flthomas28 Feb 24, 2009

    I get a message that says unbale to clean , I see u had the same problem any solutions ? Thanks in advance

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UNABLE TO INIT. 49 (BROTHER PRINTER MFC-J430W)


dear sir, My printer Brother MFC J430 shows unable to clean 49 in display I have found any solve or suggestion in youtube / Google please suggest me.
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My brother 420cn said unable to print see manual trooble shooting and routine maintenance, but I don't have a manual.


Have you checked at the Brothers web site? I find that they have the product manuals easily available. I have had two Brothers printers. I always lose the manual.

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My printer won't print anymore,it just stopped printing out of nowhere. When I try to print it just says unable to clean/print, refer to trouble shooting and routine matinance chapter in users manual. I...


If you look at the Brother website you will find a trouble shooting guide for your machine.

In the guide, for the error you quote Brothers guidance is to check for a stuck piece paper, however it also states that if the printhead is hard over to one side (righthand side if memory serves me correct), then to contact Brother. If you do so, Brother will tell you it needs to be serviced by a Brother agent, which will likely cost you more than a new one !

If it isnt a stuck piece of paper, the problem is due to the fact that Brother machines excessively self-clean. Each time they self-clean a small amount of ink is dumped in to a holding tank/sponge. When a predefined number of self-clean operations have been performed, the machine refuses to print and gives the error message you have stated. Brother state that the tank/sponge must be replaced before the counter is reset, again by a Brother agent.

However, there is a way of reseting the self-clean counter yourself - if you Google your model number and the error code somewhere in the results you'll find how to do it. The only risk of doing this without changing the tank/sponge is that it will eventually overflow and leak out the bottom, but I did my Brother all in one some time ago and have had no problems yet.

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I have a brother mfc-420cn. I am getting a unable to clean messa


Do you mean "unable to clean"?If it this follow this instruction.
Unplug the printer from power cord.Press and hold the "menu" button, then plug the device.You'll see on the LCD screen a "machine error" code.If this code is 40,41 or 4F the print head is defective.If the error is 50 or 51 there is error in Purge unit and printer require service.If the error is 46 the waste ink tank is full.Follow this:Enter 80, then scroll down with the arrow down (round) key. You'll find an entry listed as purge count. If numberis over 6000, enter 2 7 8 3.This will reset the purge count value. Then restart the printer, hopefully without the annoying cannot clean message.

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Not self cleaning


search forum for "unable to clean" or "error 46". It has been written many times.

BTW: you need a new waistink absorber box..

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Canon DCP 115c


if your printer is a BROTHER which shows error 46 (unable to clean) it can be fixed:
you need a new waistink absorber which can be purchased from a brother service partner near your home (see brother homepage). After replacing there must a eeprom rest be done.

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Mfc-5460cn


Please tell us what machine do you really have:
Is it a mfc 420cn or a mfc 5460cn?

Did you have a paperjam before getting the error?
This might be due to the paperjam.

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Printer message: Unable to Print


5A means that the purge cam stopps abnormally when it is in use. This could be of a broken cam shaft. You have to replace the whole purge unit. This is a service job to do!

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