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Black Ink cartaraige leaked

Black ink leaked out and dripped onto the bottom pad.  Dried ink is almost a half inch high ! How do I clean the mess? Can I take the top of the printer off ? Thank you... Mike

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  • nanicc87 Sep 23, 2008

    Same thing happened to me! And now my printer has gone nuts and keeps flashing lights and displaying a RESET POWER sign! How do i clean it? Do i service it?

  • kcwallace01 Feb 18, 2009

    Black in always runs out quickly..checked and have the same ink blob under the cartridge. I just keep replacing the cartridge but at $30+ per cartrisge, that stinks. Any help on how to diagnose would be wonderful.


  • Anonymous May 05, 2009

    I thought I figured out the problem when I took the door off to disconnect the ribbon wires (a recommended fix). There was black in ribbon wire slot. I cleaned this out but it still does not work. I did figure out that the printer cartridge does not get back to the return position and error each time when the carriage is at the same location. (Just outside the cartridge replacement side).

    I tried cleaning the ‘stepping’ sensor and plastic that has tic marks, but still no progress. Let me know if you come up with anything. Thanks.



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SOURCE: Black ink leaking from bottom of printer!

There is a small hopper inside of the printer, called the cartridge holder, this is where the excess ink is wiped off of the cartridges, and is just left there. it is usually on the side where the cartridges stay when they are idle. The easiest thing to do, is take the cover of the printer off, and blot the ink out of the hopper, do not use any detergents, or liquid cleaners, as this will ruin the cleaner head for the cartridges.

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SOURCE: Printer seems to be leaking ink?

take those out are uusing off brand ink

Posted on Feb 03, 2008

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SOURCE: ink build up under cartridge


if u look at the back of the unit there is a back door which u can take out .
or u can open the front access door [ from where u insert the cartridge ] , in case u r not able to clean it from there .

u might need to get the unit serviced ,for that either contact HP customer care at 1800 474 6836 or on-site Repair Center at 800-633-3600.


Posted on May 29, 2008

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SOURCE: cleaning up the mess of black ink leaking

Wasn't sure whether to mark this a solution or sympathy because I have the exact same issue. The sponge is stuck on two plastic tabs that jut out, one in front of the cartridge stopper—a platform that is normally retracted but which extends if you shut the power off—and the other in the back of it. You can see them if you look carefully. 
Once you get the sponge out, you can wash it in 97% alcohol or distilled water. Unfortunately, since half of the sponge is under the cartridge stopper platform, you may not be able to get it entirely out of the printer (at least I wasn't able to). Instead, I just soaked up as much ink from the well as I could with alcohol soaked paper towels—a lot of paper towels.

Posted on Jan 01, 2009

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SOURCE: ink cartridges will not slide due to leaking ink underthe printer

Sorry to hear about the mess. Let's start with the clean up of the ink. Use a dry cloth or paper towel to wipe up the ink that has spilled out of the cartridge. Wipe gently so you don't do any damage to the internal components of your printer. The ink will likely color the inside of your printer - That's okay. Just make sure you get anything that puddles. It should not look wet.

On to the non-moving cartridge carrier. The standard fix for this is to do a hard reset on the printer. Follow these steps.

1. Unplug the power cord and remove the paper from the paper tray.
2. Move the carriage all the way to the right, close the lid and reconnect the power cord.
3. The printer will make some noise as it starts back up. Wait until it stops making noise.
4. Open the printer lid. The carriage should return to its normal position.
5. Try printing again.

If this does not work, then damage has been done to the internal components. You will need to get the printer serviced by a repair person.

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