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Epson cx4600 tubes are clogged

The only color that will print is yellow. How do you get to the tubes to clean them out if they are clogged with dry ink?

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  • pre3bllr Nov 09, 2008

    Thanks, but I put in 4 new cartridges and I've run the head cleaner program several times and get the same results. The printer is about 4 years old and not covered by a warranty.

  • Anonymous Nov 11, 2008

    SAME problem, just called this number 562-276-4382 and supposedly they are going to replace mine free of charge? There must be a catch here?!?

  • madrake Dec 04, 2008

    I have had the same situation. Cleaned the heads numerous times; replaced/recharged the cartridges. Called tech support at the same number above. They acknowledged that it was not an ink problem, but a hardware problem. BUT, they would not even entertain the notion of replacing the unit (3 years old), simply told me they'd give me a repair center name or refer me to a "customer loyalty" site where they'd gladly sell me another one at a reduced price! No thanks. Sadly, Epson has lost a customer.

  • ruthkronthal Dec 06, 2008

    printer has not been used in over 1 year. put in all new cartridges and cannot get it to print. connections are correct and no software problems. help!!!



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Hi there
first you can try cleaning the heads of the cartridge with the software which has come along with epson this will solve your problem if dont then please change the cartridges or call epson service center they provide u onsite warranty

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Here is the procedure that got my CX4600 printer working again:

Symptoms: head cleaning made the test pattern get worse instead of better, until I got no test pattern at all.

1. Unscrew the service panel door on the back of the unit to expose the waste tubes.
2. The direction of flow is "down from the TOP tube, into the plastic elbow, out to the RIGHT tube that goes to the waste repository".
3. Disconnect the plastic elbow from both tubes.
4. Clean the elbow using a paper clip and peroxide until it is completely unclogged and clean.
5. Get a waste receptacle, such as a small cup or something to catch the ink, and place it under the TOP tube. You will probably have to aim the tube with your fingers or a pair of pliers into the cup. The waste is going to spray out, possibly spatter if the waste has become hardened in the tube, so make sure you're doing this somewhere that you can clean up easily.
6. With the waste tube aimed at the cup, hold down the "ink" button on the printer until the cleaning sequence starts. The sequence will take about 20 seconds and blow the tube out in spurts.
7. If stubborn, you can loosen the junk in the tube using some peroxide - it doesn't take more than a drop from the end of a q-tip to start eating away... give it a few seconds to work itself upwards into the tube. Massage the peroxide up the tube with your fingers for more effectiveness.
8. Run the cleaning cycle one or two times to make sure that there is either air or nice wet ink coming out, but no more solid waste.
9. Reassemble
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