Tip & How-To about Canon PIXMA iP4000 InkJet Photo Printer

How to unclog a clogged print head on the Canon...

Using a cotton swap dip into some plain water and then drop a few drops of water onto the outlet of the ink cartridge [you will have to remove the ink cartridge and turn it upside down].

Also while the ink cartridge is still removed, drop a few drops of water onto the inlet orifice into which the ink goes. The orifice of the ink cartridge sits right on top of the inlet to the print head when the ink cartridge is fully installed.

After putting the water drops onto the ink cartridge and onto the inlet orifice of the print head, I did the 'clean' procedure as listed in the "Canon PIXMA iP4000 Properties" of the program on my PC. Then I did the deep clean procedure. After that I printed the print pattern and found that this technique worked quite well -- since before I had tried isopropyl alcohol which didn't work to unclogged these print heads.

When I had the blue print head get clogged [on my Canon iP4000 Pixma printer] and I tried this method. It worked immediately.

I hope it works for you too.

God be with you!


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my printer only prints magenta\

A color or photo cartridge is either low, clogged or has run out of one of the basic colors it mixes together to create the colors in your images. The printer cannot print correctly if it lacks one of the basic colors, even if it still contains some of the other colors. The cartridge may also be clogged. The cartridge must be replaced

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You can try to clean the printer head manually. To clean the printer head, remove the ink cartridge from the printer. Moisten a cotton swab by dipping it in hot water or isopropyl alcohol, and then gently wipe the printer head. Do this repeatedly until it softens the dried ink.

For models where the printer head is located in the printer, you can put 7 to 10 drops of isopropyl alcohol in the ink receptacle where the ink flows from the cartridge to the head. Turn the printer to self-cleaning mode. You can also leave it for a few hours or overnight before repeating the self-cleaning mode.

If the print head is located in the cartridge, soak the print head in hot water and let it soak overnight. Dry the print head part using a paper towel and switch it to self-cleaning mode.

If the hot water soak does not work, place the cartridge printer head in isopropyl alcohol and let it soak overnight. Wipe off the soaked area and dry it carefully using a damp paper towel. Turn the printer to self-cleaning mode to remove any dried ink.

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Jun 25, 2014 | HP Officejet Pro L7680 All-In-One InkJet...

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How to remove & clean the Print Head

1.Turn on the printer. Open the cover to expose the printer carriage. Wait for 3 seconds and unplug the printer from the electrical outlet. The print cartridge will stay in place by unplugging the power.

2.Remove the ink cartridge from the carriage by lifting up on the tab holding each cartridge in place. Remove the ink cartridge by pulling it out and up.

3.Use a lint-free cloth to gently wipe the copper contacts on the bottom of the ink cartridges. If the residue is stubborn and won't wipe off, use a cotton swab dipped in bottled water to remove the residue by rubbing gently. Do not wipe the nozzle on the ink cartridge; wipe only the flat contacts. Lay the cleaned ink cartridge on it side on newspaper. Do not stand it upright with the copper contacts touching the newspaper or the ink will drain out.

4.Use the lint-free cloth to wipe the contact points in the print carriage. If the residue won't come off, use a cotton swab wet with bottled water to remove the residue. Wait 5 minutes after you have cleaned the printer contacts before replacing the ink cartridge.

5.Place the ink cartridges back in the printer cartridge. Snap down the top to secure the cartridges. Plug the power cord in the wall outlet. Close the cover. The printer is ready to use after running through the initialization.

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Apr 02, 2013 | Office Equipment & Supplies

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why does some black test come out blurry when the rest is good?

Chances are there's a build up of ink at the ink cartridge. It’s also possible that the ink cartridge is defective. Remove the black cartridge, grab a few cotton swabs. Drip a few drops of water onto the cotton swab and wipe the copper cartridge contacts.
Dampen a lint free cloth and wipe the bottom of the ink cartridge. (This will free up and remove any ink build-up). Re-assemble and print a test page. If this does not help use the printer’s software and run, "Clean the print heads". If using Win XP left click once on the Start button. Slide up to and left click on Printers and Faxes. Within the Printers and Faxes window right click once on the printer with a little black check mark next to it. From the pop-up list, left click once on "Properties".
Than left click once on Printing Preferences. Than, Left click once on Services. Clean the print heads here.

Hope you find this helpful!

May 09, 2010 | HP Photosmart 2575 All-In-One InkJet...

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hi friend, I refilled the black ink into the

i've quite come across this kind of problems many times. Simply replace your cartridge with new ones or try that old one to dip its head in the hot water for sometime.

Dec 09, 2009 | HP Officejet 6500 Wireless All-in-One...

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i have clogged print heads on my CX6600. head cleaning does not work.

Remove your ink cartridges. Dampen a clean rag with water. Slide the ink cartridges across the rag a few times. The water will break down any harden ink build up and remove it. With the cartridges removed take a few cotton swabs and place a couple drops of water on the cotton swabs. (No dripping). Clean the inside of the ink carriages. Continue this until all ink has been removed. Lastly, place a couple drops of house hold alcohol onto a cotton swab and clean the copper inside the carriage and on each ink cartridge. This removes any oils. Do not touch the copper with your fingers. Re-insert your ink and run the alignment program. Than print a test page. If this fails to fix the problem you may need to replace your ink cartridge. (Always keep your printer covered when not in use). This helps keep dust and excessive air from entering the openings of the printer.


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