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Ink heads how do i remove the print head to clean them on the epson R380

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Removing the printheads from Epson printers is not recommended as you can successfully clean them while they are still installed and with less chance of borking the printer by forgetting where that screw went :)

To do this you need to turn the printer on, let the printhead move off the parking pads (where the printhead rests) and then immediately pull the power cord so the printer stops.

This will allow you to freely move the printhead to the far left out of the way.

You now need some ammoniated windex or a similar cleaning solution (try asking your ink supplier) compatible with inkjet printers.

Using a kitchen paper towel, carefully fold it four times and then soak this in the solution before putting the paper pad so it sits over the parking pad. Now move the printhead so it sits over the solution soaked pad and leave for 12 hours (don't turn the printer on or plug it back in).

Remove the original pad and put in a new one and leave for a further 12 hours.

Note: This approach allows the cleaning solution to wick up into the printhead nozzles and break down the clogs, returning them to solution and allowing you to clear them out. It requires time to let the solution do its work which is why it's critical you don't try to rush things..

Now, remove the pad, plug the printer back in and turn the printer on... Wait for the printer to stop it's initial routine and then run a cleaning routine and a nozzle check...

Leave the printer for a further hour just to let things settle some more and then print a new nozzle check...

You should find that that the printhead will have cleared out a great deal of clogging.

If your printhead has been clogged for some months you might want to change the pads more than once and extend the period over 2 to 3 days.

Whatever you do, don't try brushing the printhead back and forth over the soaked pad and avoid more than one cleaning cycle in a 3 hour period.

Hope that helps.

Posted on Mar 09, 2009

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