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Re: epson cx4600 tubes are clogged
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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your print heads might be clogged. clean it the hardware way. not the software way. to do this, simply buy a print head cleaning solution for Epson Printers. now pull out all your print cartridges and put a small drop of cleaning solution to the pin-like plastics in the base where your heads are seated. drop and drop cleaning solution to dilute clogs. you can use syringe to sip out the solution from the area. after this hardware cleaning, do a software cleaning through performing a cleaning print heads in the epson tools under maintenance tab
In the print queue there is an advanced tab that takes you to see how much ink you have etc. Go to the maintenance tab and select the cleaning option. Be aware that this uses up a lot of ink doing this. But once you have done it check the nozzle printout to see that it is continuous in its printing on all colors. keep at it till it is. To prevent this from happening in future keep the printer on Epson dont say that turning it off can cause the ink to solidify in colder weather. I have come to leaving mibe on 24 hrs a day or taking the cartridges out and then printing a pic till all color is used fromj the reservoir. This has kept my EPSON 90 going for 10 years my Epson A3 died within 3 years from clogged jets
If the printer was unused for a week or 2 the print heads are clogged with dried up ink.
You can use the maintainance tab for the printer for cleaning and nozzle check or the program below. I have been using it for several years.
This is a utility to manage your ink. Gives an accurate count of how many ink shot are left in each cartridge. The printer just told me I need a new magenta but this program says I have 13% left. It also has sepparate routines for cleaning the black and color (unfortunately not individual cartridges) and a powerful clean cycle when they are really cogged. http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml
Use "spet" (tube only). Add flexible pipe (cut from oultet pipe of head cleaning mechanic). Connect to nozzle. Fill tube with cleaner. Move head to parking position. Do suction from outlet pipe of head cleaning. It's the safely way to clean print head manually.
If any ink cartridge is empty, you won't be able to print until you replace the empty cartridge. Leave any empty cartridge installed in the device until you have obtained a replacement.
The print heads will clog up in a week or two. So you also won't be able to print until you clean the print heads.
This is a utility to manage your ink. Gives an accurate count of how many ink shots are left in each cartridge. The printer told me I need a new magenta but this program says I have 13% left. It also has separate routines for cleaning the black and color (unfortunately not individual cartridges) http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml
Sounds like your printhead is clogged. Since it isn't removable on this printer the following is a last ditch somewhat messy possible fix. Here is the procedure that got my CX4600 printer working again:
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 10.
Connect CX4600 back to your printer, and print a test pattern... perhaps one
more cleaning... should be fine.
Also see this website: http://www.fixyourownprinter.com/forums/inkjet/23861
I don't know if this will work on an Epson, but it does on Cannon. The pads on the cartridges or the ink jets in the printer head may be cloged with dry ink. Get some Q-tips and rubbing alcohol (water is a poor substitute). Take out the ink cartridges and touch the pad on the bottom with a Q-tip (one for each color). If there is color the cartridge pad is OK. Take a fresh Q-tip dip it in rubbing alcohol and GENTLY rub the little holes on the bottom of the plastic box the cartridges go in. Thse are the print head jets. You should see color. You may need to clean it a couple of times if the ink has dried down into the jets. It is OK to have the Q-tip pretty wet, but not dripping.
when you change the ink cartridges you are NOT changing the print head. The print head is in the carrier. If the print head has become clogged or worn then usually it needs to be replaced. Unfortunately it us probably cheaper to buy a new printer.