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Ink well cleaners

Ok my brother mfc-5440cn has been sitting without cartridges for like 1.5 years just got ink but dont want to waste ink have a few empty cartridges ive been told put windex in one and run clean cycle or let it sit for a few hours and repeat to clean jets what do you think

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  • spatrikr Nov 10, 2008

    ok maybe i didnt make since were the inc is trying to go after coming out of cartridge has lots of dry ink cant get it off will what i said earlyer work or not

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There is a design reason why the print heads are changed when you change an ink cartridge is changed. The print head isn't made to be reused and the quality of your print will suffer at some point if you reuse the same print head 6 or 7 times. I would get new cartridges and be happy with the print quality that a new cartridges will bring.

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    Johnny Massengill Nov 10, 2008

    Please forgive me. I miss read your question..

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