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Epson Stylus C88 won't print black ink

My espon c88 wont print black ink. All of the other colors print out. I've tried 2 different brand new black ink cartridges and multiple head cleaners. The black ink wont even print on the head cleaner print out.

I noticed this post as a solution to my problem:

"Look inside the print head parking area on the right and you will see a small rubber cup that comes up to cover the print nozzles when the head is parked (to stop it drying out). Use a syringe or dropper to fill this cup with head cleaning fluid or distilled water."

I cant seem to locate the small rubber cup you're talking about. Under my print head parking area is a black and white piece of plastic (with cubed holes in them) and inbetween these two pieces are 2 verticle stips, one is a sponge, the other has 4 verticle dots with what looks to be ink color on it.

Am I totally lost? Could someone explain the small rubber cup further, or do you have another solution? Thanks in advance

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Rectangular area next to the sponge is the cup they refer to. I have used houshole ammonia here and let it soke for a few minutes to dissolve dried ink.

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You have tried almost all the steps. You have to consult Epson Service Support. Don't try more the head can damage.

Posted on Mar 06, 2009

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