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How To Check Print Head Nozzle Condition

Sometimes we need to know condition of the printhead of our printer. How to check it?. In order to know whether printhead nozzles are clogged of not perform following steps:

* Set paper in sheet feeder
* Right click in the printer driver name


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Why won't it print with black ink?

Hi Michael,
Can you check the printer properties whether it shows up the new ink level ? I would like to have more info to help you further


Jun 02, 2015 | Canon Pixma MG5220 InkJet Printer

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Lines in pictures and text when print. Tried over

Most likely you have some clogged nozzles.

Easiest way to check is to use the Maintenance functions to print off a nozzle check and then look for any missing grid lines as this indicates nozzle clogs.

If there are then it's worth getting a suitable cleaning solution and soaking a small wad of paper towel in it. Moving the printhead off the parking pad and then placing your soaked wad on this before moving the printhead over it to sit on the wad.

This allows the cleaning fluid to wick up into the printhead nozzles and slowly break down the clog so it can be ejected out.

The key to this succeeding is that the wad soaked in cleaning fluid is changed a couple of times and that you leave it for at least 6 to 12 hours to allow the fluid to work. Patience is key, as a result..

Once the 12 hours is up, a single cleaning routine followed by a nozzle check should indicate that your nozzles are starting to clear... Really stubborn clogs can take longer and sometimes it's worth having a set of refillable cartridges installed and filled with the cleaning fluid too so the fluid can work on the clog from the other side of the printhead.

It if helps I've managed to resurrect an old C84 this way just recently and it's printing beautifully so if you can hang on to your printer it's worth the hassle.

Hope that helps anyway.


Mar 27, 2010 | Epson Stylus C86 InkJet Printer

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Print quality is very poor. Nozzle check sggests

You'll need a new printhead, QY6-0054-000 around $50.00. www.precisionroller.com has some in stock.

Jan 13, 2010 | Canon PIXMA MP130 All-In-One InkJet...

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evenly spaced white lines appear in my photos

The printhead has clogged nozzles, in printer properties you can use the maintenance tab and try deep cleaning until a nozzle check print shows no streaks. When the nozzle check doesn't improve you need a new printhead.QY6-0059-000 around $50.00

Dec 26, 2009 | Canon Pixma MP500 All-In-One InkJet...

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nozzle check

Running cleaning cycles will only clear out some clogging but not really solid clogs which it sounds like you have with this printer.

I'd recommend finding a suitable cleaning solution (you'll have to google that I'm afraid) and then soak a pad of kitchen roll or similar in it... Place this pad on the printheads resting pad area (you may need to manually move the printhead to one side to do this.

... the push the printhead into the resting/parked position and leave overnight. This allows the cleaning solution to wick into the printhead nozzles and break down any clogged ink.

Run a single cleaning routine the next day (don't try to rush things!) and a single nozzle check. Leave for an hour and repeat a nozzle check.

You may need to repeat the cleaning pad routine but even a solidly clogged printer can be brought back to life so long as you are patient and you have the right solution (obviously).

Hope that helps.

Jan 10, 2009 | Epson Stylus CX6600 All-In-One InkJet...

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