Hello,, I have tried about 20 - 30 times now to clean the heads on my printer, There is ink left but when i print nothing shows. Is there any way i can manually take the print head out and clean it myself?
Thanks in advance
The heads are removable if you remove the back plastic cartridge holder first with pointed pliers then there are two screws at base accessable with printer intackted. you only have to set the carrage to cartridge change position to do this. once removed use a rubber tube on a cyringe filled with water and blow jets through several times and replace as removed....
Unfortunately, the printhead can only be removed by disassembling the printer and paying for the parts if defective. It is just not worth it. If you have already tried new inks (just replace one - not all) and this number of cleaning cycles - there is nothing else. At this point replacing may be the best solution if you are out of the one-year warranty period.
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You could clean the black ink cartridge. For this you need to remove the
black ink cartridge which is present in the printer. In order to clean
the laser or scanner block you could use a cotton swab as it would fully
clean the dirt. You need to clean the grime and the dried ink present
in the printer. This would remove all the hindrances which prevent the
ink from flowing. Cleaning the printer heads would also help to solve
I know there are some cleaning cartridges with a chemical thinner that could clean any ink residual that could interfere with proper function of the printing head.
If this doesn't work you probably have to replace the head.
Check also the flat cable that follows the printing head during movement.
If you're getting gaps in the nozzle checks and cleaning isn't resolving it, it is possible a nozzle is blocked with dried ink. You can get cleaning cartridges which contain a solvent that disolves the clogged ink. I'll not suggest any brands, but talk to your local friendly computer shop, or do a search. Something like epson r300 cleaning cartridge should work. When you say the status monitor is greyed out, is this on the computer or the printer? And I'd hope you're not using HP inks... It's an Epson printer ;) But on a serious note, I've not yet had any problems using non-Epson inks.
Its possible that your printer is fooled to think that the yellow ink level is lower than it really is. not uncommon. Have you changed the different carts on different occasions?
You should try resetting the printer. I can tell you that the stylus 500 is reset by turning off, then back on while holding
down the Load/Eject button, can't say if it will do the trick on your r300.
BTW - epson printers do not like refills or generic - they will clog.
I ran across the following cleaning method on the web, it might help you: "Follow this procedure AT YOUR OWN RISK for all I know I may have damaged my printer irreparably, but it does not appear
With the power off I manually moved the print heads to the left exposing the pad under the color head.
I used several cotton swabs to soak up as much old ink from this pad as I could.
I then liberally applied rubbing alcohol to the pad with a cotton swab. About three swabs worth, saturating the pad.
I manually returned the print head to *exactly* the same position it was originally in.
I turned on the power. This activated the cleaning sequence. (You might also want to press the color head cleaning button to make sure that at least one cleaning cycle runs with the alcohol on the pad.)
I turned off the power. Then, while holding down the color cleaning button, I turned the power back on. This activates the self test. By the time the printing of the second sheet of the test was half way completed I had all my colors back."