Question about Epson Stylus CX6400 All-In-One InkJet Printer
My printer prints poorly. The images, characters are usually distorted. I figured out the print head was clogged. So far I tried the cleaning utility that didnot work. Presently I'm injecting alchohol through the pores with a syringe. So far I have been getting mixed results. One pore may show some improvement but then again it does not last long. For instance, from my first nozzle check after using the alchohol, The two bottom lines were properly formed. Then I injected again. This did not bring any improvements, it got worse. I am contemplating ammonia now but I'm wondering if I should take out my printer head and give it a good soak. It looks so complicated! I have nobody to help me with that.
If you soak the head, you may as well bun the printer. So many people have wrecked their machines doing exactly what you are doing. If you force any liquid through the print head, you stand a really chance of blowing the piezo actuator and rendering the machine useless.
I assume you have been using non genuine ink cartridges, as these are usually the cause of most similar problems. Ever wonder why Epson do not make cleaning cartridges but all the compatible cartridge makers do? Running cleaning cycles with compatible carts can make the situation worse.
Take a look at my previous post about under head cleaning. You can find an example HERE. Get a set of genuine carts and put them in once you have completed the under head cleaning. In most cases this type of cleaning is sufficient to get most printer running again. If your nozzles are seriously clogged you may want to let the pads soak over night.
Avoid using a neat ammonia, the print head will not appreciate such a strong solution. An ammonia based cleaning solution would be more suitable.
Also bear in mind that if the pipes to the waste pads from the pump cap are clogged you may also loose some print quality and running cleaning cycles will have no affect as they rely on vacuum from the pump cap.
If you are going to use compatible carts, put a genuine set of carts in every second or third set. These will help clean out the solidified muck left by compatibles.
Try this and let us know how you fair.
Posted on Oct 16, 2007
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