Tip & How-To about Canon Pixma iP6000D InkJet Photo Printer

Cleaning Print heads when all else fails

The nice thing about this printer is that it can use the cheap aftermarket ink. The problem is, this ink can sometimes cause the print heads to not clean properly. The tip that works to fix a baldly clogged print head is to remove the print head, and spray and soak it in "Simple Green" for at least 3 hours. Then use compressed air to force the "Simple Green" through the heads from the screens in the ink wells, to the print head. Then use the air from the print heads, you will see foaming by each print screen. Be carefull not to lose the small rubber inserts around the print screen. Rince the print head with clear water and repeat the compressed air until dry. Replace, and put the ink cartriges back in, and bingo, your printer will work like new again!

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Ink saturates the photo paper causing blobs of wet ink to ruin the print job.


Remove the cartridges. After this, remove the print head unit. Take some soft cotton tips and alcohol. Clean the print head unit until there is no ink on the lower end of it. Dry the print head of so that no alchol remains on it. next replace the print head and cartridges in the unit. Run the printer through a cleaning and alignment then print a test page.

if the problem persists, you can contact kodak and get a new print head from them. Sometimes you can get one for free, other times you may pay 1/2 the price of the printer. Having the print head seperate is how the ink for these are so cheap.

Jan 21, 2011 | Kodak ESP 5 Printer

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Installed new blk ink cart and others are all o.k. Will not print black at all - if I use the color button or try to print from the computer in color, words come out very light and other colors are not bright and sometimes words do not print at all. Is a new MFC-495CW printer. Was working fine to can't print.............Thank you!


I assume that you inserted an new OEM black cartridge. If you are using aftermarket of refilled cartidges, change to an OEM cartridge.
- Press on the printer
- Press of and select
- Press of to choose , or
- Press
- The machine cleans the printerhead and goes back to the Ready screen when finished.
If you clean the head 5 times and things don't improve, the printer should be serviced at a printer service center.
If you are using aftermarket or refilled cartridges the ink is typically not up to manufacter specifications and can gum up the printheads.

Oct 04, 2010 | Brother Office Equipment & Supplies

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Printer has Half way Full ink but dosent use


These are the symptoms of a poor quality ink. If you have run the deep cleaning and alignment for the ink cartridges, I would replace the cartridges with OEM ink cartridges to clear the problem. Aftermarket inks are sometime not up to manufacturer specifications.
Try cartridges from LD Products. I've not had problems with their inks on my 5 different Canon printers.

Aug 17, 2009 | Canon Pixma MP500 All-In-One InkJet...

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Won't print PRIXMA iP1500 Going through the actions of printing but no ink appear on paper. Deep cleaning done, reset done, new cartridge done, alignment printing done, still no ink.. and it did print a minute ago..


If using aftermarket inks you sometimes have to rap them on a paper towel to break an air lock.If you see ink coming out after rapping them try to print again.If nothing comes out you may have a bad print head or purge pump.
Try cleaning the head (without cartridges)in a 10-20% ammonia warm water mixture for 30-45 min.
Completely dry the head before returning it to printer.

Jun 19, 2009 | Canon PIXMA iP1500 InkJet Photo Printer

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not printing


I can tell you all without a doubt in my mind you all have been using "cheaper" inks, wont matter a bit now if you put real brother ones in, it is too late the contaminated, incorrect ink type or particle size ink, is in the veins(ink tubes) of your printer and have reached the head which is now blocked. You cant fix blocked brother heads, and they are too expensive to replace.

You don't notice you stuffed your printer with dodgy ink till it is too late, sure they work sometimes, but what you find most of the time is that after a while about 1/8 of a cartridge of use, your new dodgy inks travel the veins until they inject poison into the head and stuff it forevermore.

Expect without a doubt in your mind any modern inkjet printer fitted with dodgy ink will not see 2 years old.

I see thousands of machines broken from block heads, the only old printers I've seen are uses of nothing but manufactures product.

I not selling you a machine, brand or supplies, just telling you how it is.

Refill and aftermarket ink will always cost not save you money.
unless you can find a supplier of such inks/toners to fix it free when it breaks from their supplies or guarantee you a refund of repair costs if found to be due to their product.

Apr 15, 2008 | Brother MFC 420CN All-In-One InkJet...

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