Please note: These instructions are for a Brother printer that uses a separate toner cartridge and drum unit. If your printer uses a toner cartridge with a built-in drum and you are having recognition issues, please go to this article.
Poor prints are usually a pretty easy fix. Check out our tips below to get your drum unit clean in just a few simple steps!
Check your printer settings
First check to make sure that your printer settings are not set to “toner save” mode, which can create lighter prints because it uses less toner. Uncheck the box to remove the printer from "toner save" mode.
Clean the corona wire
If the printer settings look good and you are still getting a drum error message on your machine, you may need to clean the corona wire on the drum unit. To do this, slide the green or blue tab back and forth across the drum unit 6-8 times, then return the tab back to its original position and try printing again.
Inspect and clean the drum roller
After the corona wire is cleaned, check that the drum is clear of any toner buildup, scratches or damage. Toner buildup on the drum is a common reason for spotty or smudged prints.
1. If the toner and drum unit are connected together, you will need to remove the toner from the drum unit. To do this, push down on the green or blue lever on the drum unit to release the toner from the drum and set aside.
Skip ahead to the 5 second mark on the video below to see how to remove the toner from the drum...
2. Turn over the now empty drum unit and locate the white gear on the back.
3. Move the gear with your thumb to rotate the drum roll, wiping away an excess toner particles as you rotate with a lint-free cloth or cotton swab. This roller is photosensitive, avoid touching it with your fingertips.
Redistribute the Toner Powder
Before you install the toner back into the drum, gently rock the toner cartridge over a trash can to redistribute the toner powder. Sometimes toner powder can escape from the cartridge during this process, so we recommend doing this over a trash can.
After this is complete, reinstall the toner cartridge / drum and try printing again.
If these troubleshooting steps do not fix your quality issue, please contact our customer service team for further assistance.
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