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Printing quality suddenly deteriorated

In spite of frequent nozzle cleaning and checks, very erratic colour printing -- severe stripes on page, top of page printing more or less OK, and then as one goes down the page the stripes begin and eventually colours are totally haywire....

The cartridges are totally OK.

Print heads problem?

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  • brianjohn4 Dec 07, 2008

    Done deep cleans several times -- no joy. the bvlack seems to have come beck to normal, but the colours are chaotic still. Should I now take out all the cartridges and clean the heads with a solvent? Any views on the WD40 solution? Some seem to have tried it, and have found that it worked......

  • brianjohn4 Dec 09, 2008

    Tried the WD42 method. How long should one soak the heads for? and should one just leave the liquid there, or try to dry the heads off afterwards? I used cotton buds to remove the excess. Some of the heads seem OK now, but the cyan head id doing strange things -- after a clean or deep clean it's printing the test pattern OK,. but then on a real printing job it's printing in stripes -- a proper mess. Does this mean the heads are caput? How expensive is to replace the heads... or better just to get a new printer?

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You could have printhead problems but I would offer that you do a deep clean and consider replacing cartridges with OEM

Posted on Dec 07, 2008

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    Jay Glendenning Dec 07, 2008

    Yeah the WD40 does work. But if you are ok with doing a head solvent cleaning .. I like using isopropl alcohol when I "soak"

  • Jay Glendenning
    Jay Glendenning Dec 09, 2008

    If you are using refilled cartridges I would ask that you try a set of "true" canon OEM cartridges.



    I am forever dealing with refilled cartridge problems with so many end users and the problems associated with refills that in the end, so often it seems, that they end up damaging the printer and/or the cartridges need more frequent replacing vs OEM.

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