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Foam under ink cartridges has come loose.....!!!!

When I tried to clean the nozzels I got smeared ink on everything I tired to print then noticed the far left little piece of foam had come loose and lodged in that side of the opening.

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It sounds like you need to replace the cartridges. Most newer companies make their cartridges where they are not user servicable.

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Sounds as though you have a leaking black cartridge and ink has got on to the platen.
Open the machine as if you replace a cartridge. Remove the whole print head unit. You can do it without taking the inks out. What does the underneath of the print unit look like? Pretty messy I'm guessing.
Clean all the surplus ink of the base of the print head and put it to one side. Now look at the platen (that's the long strip of metal that will be underneath the paper while the print head is passing). Clean that with a damp tissue. If you look carefully at that metal strip you should find a long wiggly piece of foam inset into a cut-out in the metal. Gently prise it out and wash it in warm water - take are not to stretch it or break it.
Now with a torch or lamp look at the right hand end where the print head goes when it is resting. That may well be messy too. Using dry paper towel try to absorb as much ink out of that area as you can (you'll get you fingers very dirty!).
When you think you have got as much out as you can use a damp tissue to clean off any dried on bits.
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You correct about the collector but you can empty it as well. With the printer unplugged. Move the carriage to the left manually. Here comes the hard part. Glued to the top of the collector is a piece of foam. You'll need to remove this, try not to rip it. Clean out the collector & wash the foam. Let them both dry. Some people use a syringe to pull out most of the ink.
Cotton swads help too. A small screw driver pushing down on a light cloth to pull out the ink. It's not easy, this i promise.
You can use a blow dryer to help dry, just don't melt the parts. Use super glue & replace the foam. Plug in the printer & print a test page out. The next time you need to replace your ink cartridge's make sure there is no build up of ink in the cartridge holder. Use soapy water & a clean cloth to clean it out. After the cartridge holder dries use some alcohol & cotton swab & clean the copper contacts from soap residue in the cartridge holder.
If everything goes well your good! Time for you to start helping at FixYa..

Good Luck & Kind Regards.
Need more help feel free to ask.
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You RINSED the printhead???

I wouldn't do that again.

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